Clinical Pharmacist Interview questions???

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  1. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    What kind of questions one can expect at a (2.15 hours) clinical pharmacist interview???
    Please everybody share your experiences
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  3. rxlea

    rxlea Almost a unicorn Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    You're going to get asked about how you resolve conflict. Is it panel interview?
  4. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I am not sure but I assume yes as it will be a 2.15hrs interview
  5. mustang sally

    mustang sally 10+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    The middle of nowhere
    I'm guessing behavioral questions since that is what I have been asked on every single pharmacist interview I have been on so far.

    Disclaimer: I have not interviewed for any clinical pharmacist positions, however.
  6. Dalteparin

    Dalteparin 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Yep, lots of questions about resolving conflicts. Also how you manage time and stress, and specific questions about your CV/resume.
  7. Protongenic

    Protongenic Drugz. I has dem. 2+ Year Member

    IIRC, mostly behavioral/situational questions. Here are a few that I've been asked:
    How do you see yourself fitting in such-a-such practice setting (especially if you trained in a different practice model)
    What made you pick your specialty
    How do you stay up to date on all the new data/drugs coming out
    How do you prioritize your time at work
    How do you stay motivated/how do you prevent burn-outs
    How do you think the healthcare reform will impact your practice
    Specific questions about my CV

    Believe it or not, I've never been asked questions on conflict resolution (probably out of sheer luck). No clinical questions, either; I suppose by interview time, it's assumed that you command the basic knowledge; especially if you just finished an accredited PGY2 and/or have x number of experience.

    I know that there's a popular set of questions that the academia folks like to ask. Someone compiled a whole listful of them and it's circulating somewhere online...
  8. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Everyone thanks for replying.
    Protogenic can you please help me find the compiled questions.I will really appreciate it.
    The interview will last 2.15 hours I think they will have enough time to grill me.
  9. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    2 hours and 9 minutes for an interview? Seems very specific.
  10. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    All4mydaughter any ideas about what they might ask?
  11. PharmDstudent

    PharmDstudent 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Maybe they want to walk you around and show you what's the best item on the cafeteria's lunch menu? Don't take it too too seriously. It's an interview, not the boards. ;) And who's to say what the right answers will be???
  12. Protongenic

    Protongenic Drugz. I has dem. 2+ Year Member

    Mmm well, since I have 0 interest in academia, I've never looked for them; I only knew about them from friends who were interviewing for faculty positions.

    Most faculty interviews are somewhere between 1.5 to 2 days long, so with only 2.25 hours to spare, I have a feeling that academia-specific questions may not necessarily pertain to you.

    Here are some general questions which may be of interest to you, though (focus on situational/behavioral questions, ignore the technicalities from the first link):

    The internet offers a plethora of sample questions, just Google them :)

    Also, remember to breathe! This interview is as much about them interviewing you, as you interviewing them! Good luck!
  13. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Hey protogenic thanks!!!!!
    What makes me nervous is its been sometime that I worked as a clinical pharmacist.
    I cannot brush up my knowledge in few days.Hopefully, I can survive the grilling and dont make a fool of myself in front of them.If I land an offer and if I accept the offer. I will make sure that I do brush up my knowledge before starting with them.
  14. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Hey thanks PharmD student.:)
  15. abc1234567

    abc1234567 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    My itinerary looks like this

    25 mins Management PharmacyServices: Pharmacy Administration
    Pharmacy Conference Room
    I will be meeting pharmacy co-ordinator and manager (2 different ppl)

    25mins PharmacyConference Room
    will be meeting two clinical pharmacists.

    25 mins
    Will be meeting 2 senior technicians

    20 mins
    Will be meeting the director of pharmacy

    15mins wrap up and tour

    Does the itinerary give you guys an idea about what the director,manager and clinical pharmacists can ask? Will they ask technical questions or situational questions more?
  16. xraided81

    xraided81 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    The interview for my current postition Staff/Clinical was a total of about 15 min( It was about 3 months after pharmacy school). The director asked about my academic background, intern jobs. Then asked me what hobbies I had outside of pharmacy. I told him I was a homebrewer and enjoyed brewing beer. His reply was thats the kind of answer I wanted a real honest answer. Ive been here at this same hospital for over 3.5 years!

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