A few years ago, I wrote 2 articles, Great Pharmacy Interview Questions, and Pharmacy Jobs Interview Guide for New Graduates. The articles reached over 15,500 views and hopefully, the readers were better prepared for their interviews. Recently, I was asked to be interviewed for a coveted pharmacist job. Needless to say, I was enthralled and scared at the same time. It’s been years since I sat in the hot seat. But wouldn’t it be great as a writer to test my theories? Practice what I preach and land this position? Starting three weeks before my interview, I compiled a new list of tips including tips from my articles.
Tip #1: Research your potential employer and learn which position you are applying for, what duties are involved, and location of employment. Appearing unprepared and careless for an interview can lower your chances of getting the position. From the minute you walk in and the minute you walk out, interviewers are collecting data points: good and bad ones. If the bad ones exceed the good ones, your hiring odds will not be in your favor.
Tip #2: My mentor once advised me, “You don’t dress for the job you have; you dress for the job you want.” In a conservative field such as healthcare, it is best to stick to a conservative dress code but don’t be afraid of incorporating a little style. Dress like you are going to an interview, not a funeral. Women can opt for a long-sleeved dress or a blouse with trousers. Then they can accessorize with a statement necklace or a colorful scarf or belt. Men can wear a colored button-down shirt with a tie. Instead of a traditional white shirt and a red power tie, men will stand out just by wearing a different color combination such as an amethyst shirt and a silver tie.
Tip #3: Before your first handshake or “hello”, the interviewers have already made an opinion about you based on appearance. They will see the coffee stain on your shirt, trembling hands, slumped posture, nylons with runs in them, mismatched socks, or the distracting brightness of your lipstick. These are the little things that you don’t notice. Ironically, these are the ones that speak volumes about you. These observations have a common theme which can lead interviewers to think, “This applicant does not pay attention to details yet this job requires that skill.” Take an extra hour to get dressed for the interview. Using your cell phone, take selfies from different angles. You can also solicit the help of a family or friend to assess your appearance.