PharmacyThisWeek: Interview Questions That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job / 178 New Jobs

March 15, 2016


Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

Have you ever applied or interviewed for a job that seemed to be nearly custom-designed for you, only to get the incredibly abrupt and unexpected, “Thank you, but we’ve gone in a different direction” email hurled into your inbox?

If you have, you probably sat there staring at your screen for a few moments wondering what the hell just happened. Right?

I mean, puh-lease, universe. You were perfect. Your experience was a dead-on fit. You can’t imagine that anyone could have been more qualified than you. Could they have?

Maybe, maybe not. But here’s the thing:

The person who scores the offer in any given competition typically isn’t just “most qualified on paper.” Sure, sure, you’ve got to have the skills needed to perform the role. However, the person who most often gets hired is an emphatic “yes” to three important questions.

1. Can he or she do this job?

This, of course, is the “qualified on paper” part of the equation. It’s the baseline question that must be a “yes” or you’re finished in the race. The final contenders will all be people the decision makers presume have the chops to successfully deliver on the key requirements for that job. So, right out of the gates, you’ve got to make it clear that you’ve got this one on lock.

2. Do we like him or her?

If you’re invited in for an interview, this can be a pretty doable assignment. Just be likable. Be friendly (but not weirdly over-friendly), conversational and engaged. Make eye contact. Be interesting and interested.

But you don’t have to (and you shouldn’t) wait until you’re in a face-to-face meeting to begin planting the seed that you’re likable. Do whatever you can right from the point of introduction to strongly hint that you’re a good-natured, enjoyable human being — in your resume, your cover letter your initial email(s).

3. Do we think he or she is going to fit in around here?

This is the final deal-sealer. Are you a cultural match? Can the decision makers envision working side-by-side with you every day? Do they think you will jibe with their other teammates? Do they see you as “one of us”?

It’s one thing to be talented and affable, but if you don’t seem to align with the vibe of the organization, you may not succeed in (or, frankly, enjoy) the role.

So, now that you have the questions, what do you do with this information? If you want the job, you take all of these questions into account from the moment you insert yourself onto the radar of the organization. You study the facility, the people, the tone and the culture of the org.

You pore over the job description and/or talk with people working at that facility, to figure out exactly what the hiring manager is looking for in the person they hire. And, if you truly want this job, you take all of this data and work like heck to make sure you’re coming across as “that.”

You come out swinging, and you come out positioning yourself as a yes, a yes and a yes to these three critical questions, every time. Because the decision makers are all going to be looking for it — either in an obvious manner, or (more likely) through observation.

Need help getting it right, right from the start?

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Please see the following three recent articles on what many perceive as an over supply of pharmacists. Let me know what you think, you can reach me at or 608 828-4400

Pharmacist Job Market Plunges to 10-Year Low

What should be done about the oversupply of pharmacists?

Report: Supply of pharmacists outnumbers jobs

We added 178 new jobs last week! You can see them all here but also please check out the following HOT ones. I would also appreciate you forwarding this email on to anyone who is looking for a new opportunity. Thank you very much!!


Dir Of Specialty Pharmacy Op’s (Or) General Manager – Spec Pharmacy Op’s, Integrity Rx, Scottsdale, AZ

DOP (500+ beds), Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, Mobile, AL

Regional Manager, Infusion Pharmacy – Sales, innovatix (GPO, Territory: Chicago, St. Louis & Kansas City)

Manager In Training – MIT, Glenwood Reg Med, West Monroe, LA Cardinal Health

DOP (54-beds), Windber, PA Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (I.5+ hrs E of Pittsburgh)

DOP (25-beds), Hillsboro, IL Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (1 hr NE of St Louis)

DOP (99-beds), Olney, IL Pharmacy Systems, Inc. (1.5 hrs NW of Evansville, IN)

Pharmacy Operations Manager, DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, AL

Welcome Lahey Health! 20+ Pharmacy openings in Massachusetts!!

Mgr, Pharmacist in Charge, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville, SC (Greenville Health System)

Pharmacist (Full & Part-time), St Luke’s Magic Valley, Twin Falls, ID

Sr. Director Of Pharmacy, St Luke’s Magic Valley, Twin Falls, ID

Sr. DOP, Charles Drew Health Center, Omaha, NE

Pharmacist / Per Diem Variable Shift Positions Available! St. Helena Hospital, St. Helena, CA (Napa Valley)

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Pharmacy Mgr (Part-time), Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Pharmacy Svcs Director, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall, MN

Pharmacists, Saint Thomas Health, West, Midtown, and Rutherford, TN (Inpatient, Retail, Nuclear, Neonatal Intensive Care and Operating Room Satellites)

Pharmacy Mgr, Triad Isotopes, Tallahassee, FL

Pharmacy Mgr, Triad Isotopes, Dallas, TX

Relief Pharmacist, Triad Isotopes, Nationwide / Various Cities

Staff Pharmacist, Triad Isotopes, Portland, OR


Welcome Lahey Health! 20+ Pharmacy openings in Massachusetts!!

Pharmacy Technicians, Saint Thomas Health, West, Midtown, and Rutherford, TN (Inpatient, Retail, Nuclear, Neonatal Intensive Care and Operating Room Satellites)

Pharmacy Techs (Full, Part-time & PRN), All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, FL

Pharmacy/IV Tech I (Need 3!!), Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), Boston (Woburn)


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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.

All Children’s Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Eastern Maine Med Ctr
Epic Systems Corp
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Greenville Health System
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Lahey Health
Navitus Health Solutions
PharmaCare Services
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
PHI Pharmacy
Providence Health & Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Swedish Medical Center
UCLA Health
Veterans Administration

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

Kevin Mero
cell: 210 872-6160



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