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PharmacyThisWeek: Moves So You Don't Sink Your Interview Chances / 21K+ Jobs

August 14, 2018



Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

You got the call!! That employer you’re itching to work for loved your resume and cover letter (or so it seems). Now you’ve got 48 hours to get ready for a big interview and you are PSYCHED!!

Deep breaths. Deep breaths … aannnd go! You’ve got work to do.

While all signs are strong that you’re coming in hot on this job opportunity, there are a few classic bad moves job seekers make that can sink even the most promising candidates. Here are five, and what to do instead:

1. Guessing on the Dressing

Ever notice how one employer’s business casual is another’s Sunday’s best? Do you know how people roll at the company you’re walking into? You need to. You want to make it very clear right out of the gates that you’re polished and put together, and someone who’s going to fit in around the department.

Rather than just guessing (and risking either under-dressing or over-dressing), try asking the person coordinating your interview for some tips on dress code. Or, worst case, do a little investigating online (social media is your best friend for this). What do their people wear at work? Observe then bump up your game a notch or two (not 10x) from there.

2. Assuming You Can Wing It

Your competition is not winging it. I’m going to put that out there right now. On these grounds alone, you shouldn’t plan to simply free-wheel it. Surely, you want to go in and have a genuine, engaging and not over-rehearsed conversation, but you’ve got to do your homework.

What is their history or mission? What’s their core focus? Who are their competitors? What have they achieved recently (check their news area)? What do you know about their corporate culture?

Also, what might you say if they bust out the, “So, tell me about yourself” or “What’s your greatest weakness?” (Which, invariably, they will.)

You spent the time and energy to capture their attention. Spend the time and energy to take this the distance.

(And, check this out if you need help answering Common Job Interview Questions.)

3. Making it All About You

One thing’s for sure: at this stage in the game, the people doing the interviewing care almost exclusively about what you can walk through their doors and deliver. In other words, they care about what’s in it for them. Certainly, they will care a lot about what you want (and work like heck to convince you to join them) if you’re the best fit. And they’ll fall over themselves to keep you happy once you’ve proven your value.

But at the early interview stages, they need to know what you can deliver. What problems can you solve? How will you make their lives easier? How will you help make the boss look good? How will you help them be successful?

Walk in ready to showcase these things instead. Sit tight (for now) on the laundry list of questions related to benefits, vacation time, personal cell phone usage and access to the corporate jet.

4. Being Disconnected or Disrespectful

The dreaded D’s can surely sink you. What are some of the most common ones? Showing up late is high on this list, but also … showing up too early. No one wants to feel the pressure of knowing you’re sitting in the lobby 40 minutes before your agreed upon start time. Sure, you want to get to the building in plenty of time, but don’t walk in more than 10 minutes early.

Also, don’t have your cell phone on (or visible) during the meeting. Nothing says, “I’m only halfway listening” more than someone who can’t bear to cut the iPhone umbilical cord for an hour.

Another thing that’ll come across as disconnected is if you’re so busy waiting to blurt out answers to the questions you’ve practiced for hours, that you flat-out miss the opportunity to have a genuine, engaged conversation with the person across the desk. Listen to hear, don’t listen to speak!

Be aware that you’re being evaluated for more than just hard evidence that you’re the right fit. They’re also looking for someone who has emotional intelligence, social decorum and an ability to connect with others.

5. Forgetting the (Timely) Thank You

Let’s talk about the (true) tale of two candidates. They were neck and neck right up to the final interviews and the hiring team was having a heck of a time deciding who to choose. At the end of the last interview, Candidate 1 sent each person on the interview panel a customized, immediate thank you note. Candidate 2 figured, “Eh, I’ve said thank you three times already. It’s not necessary at this point.”

Guess who got the job offer? Yep. And guess what it came down to? Yep. The thank you note.

Thank you always matters. In this case, it mattered a whole lot.

Don’t be Candidate 2. The moment you leave that interview and get back to your computer, thank the interviewer for her time and express your continued interest in the opportunity. This is also a great way to fill in any gaps, provide information you may have left out when you met in person and reiterate why you are a fantastic fit for the job. And don’t forget to ask for everyone’s business card!!

(Need help writing it? Check out The Post-Interview Thank You Note.)

And last, but certainly not least … once you’ve laid out your best effort in a job interview, don’t freak out if there’s radio silence for a few days. (Ask before you leave the interview what their timeline is, though.) It’s common.

Employers often have the best intentions when it comes to wrapping up their decision on new hires, but all sorts of stuff can slow down the process — summer vacations, further thought on the job description, making sure budget is there, demanding workloads, etc.

Keep on their radar, keep your wits about you, and know that the right one is out there.

Control what you can control (which is plenty), and don’t get all coiled up over what you can’t.


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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.

Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Acer Innovation
All Children’s Hospital
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
Boston Medical Center
Cameron and Company, Inc.
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Cox Health
CVS Health
Diplomat Pharmacy
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)
Express Scripts
Froedtert Health
Genoa Healthcare
Greenville Health System
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
JFK Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Lahey Health
Lee Health
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Memorial Healthcare System
Mission Health
Navitus Health Solutions
OnePoint Patient Care
Pharmacist Moms Group
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Pharmapreneur Academy
PHI Pharmacy
ProHealth Care
Providence Health & Services
RPh Professional Search
Rx relief
Samaritan Health Services
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Skagit Regional Health
Soleo Health
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
The Happy PharmD Summit
The Investing Tutor
UC Davis Health
UCLA Health
University of Utah
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

P.S. As of today we have 21,000+ Pharmacy jobs at PharmacyWeek.com! We now have more pharmacy jobs than LinkedIn, Indeed, and Google COMBINED!!


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