23 Pharmacy Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself?

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“I am extremely passionate about pharmacy and in particular providing the right advice and medicine to patients. I am accurate and methodical in my approach to all tasks and I have the ability to always pay attention to detail whilst following strict rules, procedures and regulatory guidelines. I take my professional development seriously and I will always maintain competence by keeping updated with developments from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. I possess strong relationship building qualities and I always take a genuine interest in people’s health and wellbeing. This, I believe, has been proven in previous roles where I have demonstrated understanding and empathy when communicating with patients. I understand there comes a huge amount of responsibility with this pharmacy role, and if you hire me, I will always go about duties with diligence and absolute professionalism.”

Q2. Why do you want to work for us in this pharmacy position?

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“I want to work for you because it is so important in pharmacy to work for an organization that has outstanding values and that wants to continually improve so that optimum patient care and treatment is always provided. Pharmacy is just one element of the wider hub that provides care, treatment and medicine to patients, and in order to achieve the values that are set by the healthcare organization or trust, everyone must pull in the same direction. During my research, it quickly became apparent that this healthcare organization is run to a very high standard. Coupled with the fact you have a set of definitive and impressive values, I feel positive I will be supported in my role and everyone I work with will operate to the same high standards that I always strive to maintain.”

Q3. What you do if a consultant or a doctor refuses to change a medicine you strongly believe is not suitable for a patient?
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Q4. Explain how you would deal with a colleague in your pharmacy team who was making mistakes.
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Q5. Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
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Q6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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Q7. What are the different skills and attributes needed to be a pharmacist?
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Q8. A customer enters the pharmacy and they want to order an over-the-counter medication that is not in stock and you've never heard of it before. What would you say and do in this situation?
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Q9. As a pharmacist you need to follow strict rules and procedures. Tell me a time when you had to follow rules and procedures.
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Q10. Tell me about a time when you demonstrated excellent attention to detail skills at work.
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Q11. Describe a situation when you maintained confidentiality at work.
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Q12. What are the different challenges facing this healthcare organization right now, and what will they be in the future?
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Q13. How do you keep your knowledge of medicine and pharmaceutical developments up to date?
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Q14. What is Clinical Governance?
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Q15. What are the values of this healthcare trust and tell me about a time when you demonstrated one of them at work?
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Q16. You are working as a pharmacist and a patient wants to make a complaint. How would you deal with it?
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Q17. How would you keep your pharmacy team motivated?
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Q18. How will you support the strategy and mission of this healthcare organization in your capacity as a pharmacist?
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Q19. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Q20. What are the main principles of healthcare change management?
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Q21. What is the professional duty of candour?
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Q22. Why do you want to leave your job?
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Q23. Do you have questions for the panel?
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Skills, Qualities and Attributes Needed to be a Pharmacist


Before you attend your pharmacist interview, it is important you study the job description for the role with a view to gaining an understanding of the different skills, qualities and attributes needed to perform to a competent standard.

  • To be a pharmacist, you need exceptional attention to details skills. These are essential because you cannot make mistakes whilst giving advice or prescribing medicines and subscriptions.
  • You must be a solid communicator, because you need to pass on information within the pharmacy team and also write down accurate notes and records whilst in the role.
  • You must possess brilliant customer service skills, be able to deal with customer or patient complaints and also follow strict rules and procedures at all times.
  • You need the ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as consultants and doctors and maintain competence in the role by taking responsibility for your own professional development.
  • Finally, you must possess excellent people skills and encourage your team to meet the expectations and the values of the healthcare trust or organization you are employed by.

4 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PASSING A PHARMACY JOB INTERVIEW

Regardless of the healthcare organization or the NHS Trust you are hoping to work for as a pharmacist, the following four tips will help you prepare full for your interview.

PHARMACY INTERVIEW TIP #1

Read and study the values of the healthcare organization or the NHS Trust you are applying to work for before you attend your interview. The values usually focus on respect and dignity, a commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, working together for patients and also everyone counts.

PHARMACY INTERVIEW TIP #2

Consider how you maintain competence in your work as a pharmacist and ensure you can explain thoroughly what steps you take to keep up your responsibilities in respect of continuous professional development (CPD). The General Pharmaceutical Council website has some useful information in respect of the revalidation framework for pharmacy workers.

PHARMACY INTERVIEW TIP #3

You will get asked an interview question that assesses why you want to work for their healthcare organisation or trust as a pharmacist. On that basis, we strongly recommend that you research their organization and draw up a list of five things that has attracted you to them. Your list might include details relating to the standards of patient treatment and care they provide; the work they do towards improving and developing, and the advice they offer their patients in terms of medicine.

PHARMACY INTERVIEW TIP #4

You will have the opportunity to ask the interview panel a number of questions of your own at the end of your pharmacy interview. We recommend you ask three questions that are focused on the current and future challenges being faced by the healthcare organization and what you can do to help them overcome these in your pharmacy role. 

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  1. Hannelore Ali

    Thank you so much for doing interview questions related to all things pharmacy as I am getting ready to do an externship in a hospital as a pharmacy technician that could possibly lead to employment so this could not have come at a more perfect time.

    • Richard McMunn

      You’re most welcome Hannelore – I am happy to help! Let me know how your interview goes 🙂

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