PharmacyThisWeek: How to Make the Most of an Informational Interview, 172 New Jobs!!

March 31, 2015

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“I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.” – Will Smith

If flying on the wings of preparedness works for famous actor Will Smith, it can work for you, too. It’s obviously effective in Smith’s celebrity world, but preparation is also an excellent tool in a much more common setting: the realm of interviewing. Being ready and knowledgeable — having done research in advance — at an interview is among the single best methods to support your ultimately landing the job.

Here’s a great way to do that homework ahead of time: conduct informational interviews.

You’ve already read Informational Interviews and How To Ace One (No? Go check it out), in which we drill the importance of “due diligence.” Now it’s time to zero in on how to make the most of an informational interview once you’ve landed it.

Request The Interview Confidently

Informational interviews often require reaching out to strangers. When this is the case, it can feel uncomfortable, or as if you’re maybe being too bold.

Remember, however, that — so long as you don’t ambush them or ask for way too much at once — many professionals are happy to give other professionals a half hour of their time. They may even be flattered by your request for an informational interview (Have you ever met someone who doesn’t love talking about herself?) Don’t let fear stand in the way. Worst-case scenario? You ask and they say no (in which case you’ll move on to someone else). No big deal!

Keep It Short and Sweet

An informational interview should not be an all-day affair. You are taking time from someone else’s schedule, and you shouldn’t forget it. In fact, it might be wise to include your keep-it-short mentality in your initial request for an interview: “I am interested in a career change and wondered if I could steal 20-30 minutes of your time? I would like to ask some questions and learn more about your experience with facility X” (or something like that).

Keep a particular time limit in mind (30 minutes or so is ideal) when drafting your questions so you don’t find yourself skimping on valid inquiries or accidentally lose track of time. Also, offer to go to the person’s location. You cannot expect anyone to drive across town. You do the heavy lifting.

Show Up Prepared

In order to make the most of your short time block, you need to come prepared. You can’t waste time fumbling when you only have a half hour. You also can’t expect the other party to lead the session. You invited her; take the wheel. What should you say or ask?

Generally speaking, it’s best to ask questions that allow you to explore that person’s role, or her experience in working for a particular organization. Think about this in advance — What are you most curious about? What information will help to best prepare you for the meeting? What information will help you decide if you have interest in that person’s line of work, or the facility at which she works?

Need some examples? Check out the nine example questions we listed in our last post.

Maintain an Air of Professionalism

While you’re not there to ask for a job (in most cases, this will be viewed as ambush-y), the informational interview should be regarded with the same professional approach as the actual interview. It’s not a joke. It’s not a silly step in the job search process. It’s nothing to scoff at. An informational interview could make or break your chances to work for a particular organization. So take it seriously, or don’t bother (This is kind of like “Go big, or go home.”) Treat your counterpart with respect and intrigue, just as you would if you were in an actual job interview. And realize this: Most people like to talk about themselves. Be interested. Be engaged.

Don’t Be Pushy

The person sitting across the table may be your ticket into the facility you’d give your left arm to work for. And, without a doubt, you’ll probably enter this meeting hoping like heck that he’s your golden ticket to the right decision maker. But don’t expect this. It’s called an informational interview for a reason; this is your chance to gather data, get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at a particular organization, and IF YOU ARE LUCKY, develop a valuable “in” that may help you land a job.

However, this is something that has to happen organically. Being overly pushy (like foisting your Name-Brand Resume/CV on them, for example) is no way to sell yourself. Act confident, curious and professional; and your interviewee may be inclined to help you in any way he can.

Express Appreciation, Stat

While a half hour isn’t much time, it’s still half an hour that your interviewee has taken from her busy schedule to meet with you, while (theoretically) getting nothing in return.

She’s put effort — and time — into helping you, so be sure to show your gratitude abundantly and IMMEDIATELY. Everybody likes to be recognized for individual contributions, so don’t just assume they know you’re grateful — recognize it. Thank them in the beginning, at the end and send a note immediately upon leaving. Thank you matters. It matters a whole lot.

Keep the Chain Going

Don’t ever walk out of an informational interview without knowing which door you’ll knock on next. Before exiting, always ask the interviewee if, based on your conversation, there are 1-2 other people to whom you should introduce yourself. Note that we are not saying, “Ask this person to introduce you to a bunch of people.” Noooo. Ask them for names, and suggest that you will introduce yourself. This is way less pushy and, if your conversation has gone well, the interviewee may very well insist on making the introduction for you.

So many people are befuddled (or terrified) when it comes to informational interviews, so they stay away from them entirely. Being the one who overcomes the confusion or fear (and takes a run at informational interviews) can give a tremendous leg up. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about organizations and, better yet, endear yourself to the very people who could be your ticket in.

Get that ticket. Do the informational interviews. Do them right.

(You can thank us later!)


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We added 172 new jobs so it was another strong week! You can see them all here but also please check out some of the following interesting ones!!

PBM/Managed Care

Call Center Nurse (Managed Care), Overland Park, KS Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Product Manager II (Absorb) Managed Care, Santa Clara, CA RPh Professional Search

Director of Franchise Pharmacy Support, Uvanta, Chicago, IL (Strong LTC exp req but Pharmacist not req)

Call Center Nurse (Managed Care), Morgantown, WV Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Pharmacist (Managed Care), St Louis, MO Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Director, Pharmacy Pediatric Programs – Pediatric And Member Services, Novation – Decker Tower, Irving, TX

Registered Nurse (Managed Care), Overland Park, KS Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Junior Data Scientist (Managed Care), St Louis, MO Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc

Pharmacist (Managed Care), Ft Lauderdale, FL Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

DOP, Long Term Acute Care Hospital located near Savannah, Georgia RPh Professional Search

Director Pharmacy Care Employee Health Plan – EHP, Cleveland Clinic, Independence, OH

DOP (60-bed, LTACH), Vibra Hospital of Richmond, VA

Pharmacist In Charge, Omnicare, Grand Junction, CO (Western Slope area)

Pharmacist (Managed Care), Indianapolis, IN Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Pharmacist (Managed Care), Fort Lauderdale, FL Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Staff Pharmacist, Long Term Acute Care Hospital located near Savannah, Georgia RPh Professional Search

60+ Pharmacist & Tech openings Nationwide!! Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company (behavioral healthcare specialty pharmacy)

Pharmacist & Tech (Full & Part-time), Remote Pharmacy Services (Center Based) Cardinal Health (Westmont, IL / Marlborough, MA / Dublin, OH / Houston, TX)

Clinical Pharmacy Spec (Women Health & Anticoagulation Mgmt & MTM), U.S. Depart of Veterans Affairs, Jacksonville, FL

Pharmacy Contracting Manager; 340B, Apexus/340B Prime Vendor Program, Irving, TX

Program Director Pharmacy Contracting, Providence Health & Services, Seattle, WA

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-Managed Care, Providence Murray Business Center, Beaverton, OR (Portland, OR suburb, 3 Openings!!)

Manager, Industry Relations And Contracting – Pharmacist, Navitus Health Solutions, Madison, WI

Pharmacy Contract Manager, SelectHealth, Intermountain HC Sys, Salt Lake City, UT (nonprofit health insurance company)

Regional Manager, Infusion Pharmacy Services, innovatix GPO (Territory will be Midwest Region – Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City)

Regional Manager, Infusion Pharmacy Services, innovatix GPO (Territory will be ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD)

Regional Associate, Infusion Pharmacy, innovatix GPO (Territory will be Northeast – Ideally someone living in NY, NJ or CT)

Pharmacist Coordinator, SelectHealth, Murray/Salt Lake City, UT (nonprofit health insurance company)

Pharmacist

DOP, Rock Springs, WY Cardinal Health (On I-80, 2hrs+ E of Salt Lake City)

Clinical Pharmacist (Night Shift), Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, AZ

DOP (99-bed), Western Plaines Medical Complex, Dodge City, KS CPS (2 hrs W of Wichita)

Pharmacy Manager, Inpatient Pharmacy, Boston Med Ctr, Boston, MA (496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End)

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist – Oncology, Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH CCF

DOP (259-beds), All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, FL (Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Mgr Of Pharmacy Clinical Svcs, Overlake Hospital Med Ctr, Bellevue, WA (Seattle suburb, NICU/Pediatric exp preferred)

QA Manager III, Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), Allentown, PA

Compounding Pharmacist (Part-time), Optimal Wellness Pharmacy, Irvine, CA

PHI is accepting applications for future Pharmacy positions! Located on the tropical island of Saipan!!

DOP, Auburn, IN Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (20 mins North of Fort Wayne)

DOP (137 bed + Significant Amb & Outpatient Svcs), Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, WA CPS (On I-5, 30 mi N of Everett)

Clinical Oncology Specialist, Cancer Institute-Eastside, Greenville, SC Greenville Health System

DOP, Sturgis, MI Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (45 mins East of Elkhart, IN)

Retail Pharmacist, Florence, NJ (Shifts available – 7 days a week 7am to 3:30pm and 3:30pm to 12a – 40 hours a week) Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Pediatric Pharmacy Content Specialist, Epic Systems Corp, Madison, WI

Pharmacy Manager (23-bed Critical Access), Carson Valley Med Ctr, Gardnerville, NV (30 mins to Lake Tahoe!)

DOP (90-bed Acute & Ext Care), Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, LaJunta, CO CPS (1 hr SE of Pueblo, CO)

Pharmacist (Staff), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, West Palm Beach, FL

Pharmacy Supv, Cancer Institute-Eastside, Greenville, SC Greenville Health System

Pharmacist & Tech (Full & Part-time), Remote Pharmacy Services (Center Based) Cardinal Health (Westmont, IL / Marlborough, MA / Dublin, OH / Houston, TX)

Pharmacists & Techs! Cameron And Company, Inc. Is Hiring!!

Administrator of Pharmacy Svcs (350 bed teaching hospital), Wyckoff Heights Med Ctr, Brooklyn, NY

Clinical Pharmacist (Anticoagulation Clinic), Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, AZ

DOP (206-bed acute care), Emanuel Med Ctr, Turlock, CA CPS (Located between Modesto & Merced on Hwy 99)

Pharmacy Manager, Clinical Medicine Pharmacists (40 Hrs, Days), Newton Pavilion, Boston Med Center, Boston, MA

DOP (463-bed acute care), St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA Dignity Health

Staff Pharmacist, Providence St Joseph Medical Center, Polson, MT

Supervisor, Anticoagulation Clinic (Day shift), Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR

Technician

Pharmacy Technician – Outpatient, Woodland Prime, Froedtert Health, Menomonee Falls, WI

Compounding Pharmacy Technician (Part-time), Optimal Wellness Pharmacy, Irvine, CA

Compounding Pharmacy Technician, Bluebonnet Apothecary Services, Houston, TX

Pharmacy Technician, Warrendale, PA Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Pharmacist & Tech (Full & Part-time), Remote Pharmacy Services (Center Based) Cardinal Health (Westmont, IL / Marlborough, MA / Dublin, OH / Houston, TX)

So Carolina! 2 Pharmacy Tech openings!! Greenville Health System

Pharmacy Technicians, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI

Tech II, Retail Pharmacy, Lake Charles, LA Cardinal Health

Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Columbia, MO

Pharmacists & Techs! Cameron And Company, Inc. Is Hiring!!

Pharmacy Tech (Managed Care), Indianapolis, IN Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc. >> 2 Openings!! <<

Eligibility Associate/Pharmacy Technician, (Managed Care), Morgantown, WV Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.

Pharmacy Business Analyst And Systems Coordinator, Providence Murray Business Center, Beaverton, OR (Portland)

Pharmacy Medication Regulatory Specialist, Providence Health & Services, Spokane, WA

Pharmacy Technician (Float) & Pharmacy Services Representative Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX


We update the following employer’s openings each week so be sure and check out their latest available positions. Unless otherwise noted these employers have openings in multiple states so be sure and search on the state and/or job title you are most interested in. If you have any questions just let me know.

Boston Medical Center
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Cleveland Clinic
CardinalHealth
CompleteRx
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Eastern Maine Med Ctr
Epic Systems Corp
Froedtert Health
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Global Professional Consultants / RphFinder Inc.
Greenville Health Systems
Innovatix
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
PharmaCare Services
PharmD On Demand
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
PHI Pharmacy
Prime Therapeutics
Providence Health & Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Target
Veterans Administration

I hope everyone has a great week, you can always reach me at my email or cell number below, thanks!

Kevin Mero
President
kevin@pharmacyweek.com
cell: 210 872-6160

 

 

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