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Staff Pharmacist Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Safeway in April 2013.
Interview Details – I took into perspective all of my surroundings by going early to my interview. I was watching how the staff was interacting with each other as well as with the customers--there interactions with them, if they recognized them, if the patients were regulars or coming there for the first time. I was watching to see how the staff's facial features were when they were speaking with each other as well with the customers. How clean the store was, open and approachable, somewhat clustered with multiple products being displayed. I was watching if the staff was going outside to help the customers find products, show them where things were versus pointing and calling out the aisle number. During my interview, I was honest with every question that was asked. As one can never really prepare for interviews, its always best to be honest and show that you love what you do and you work hard, keeping it real and simple.
Interview Question – That's hard to say considering you are already nervous and sometimes, the most simple question can seem difficult to explain. For example, when they asked years of experience, do you include the internship and externship as experience or just from the time that you were licensed as practicing. I do ask which way they want the question to be answered. Some company's like that you include all the education and learning experienced to be included. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, take it or leave it.
Staff Pharmacist Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Safeway in November 2013.
Interview Details – Met with a recruiter at my campus for a 30 minute interview.
Interview Question – Counsel me on metformin. Answer Question
Staff Pharmacist Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Safeway in January 2012.
Interview Details – leading questions from interviewer, review benefits, review company initiatives, salary negotiation, discussed vacation weeks,
Interview Question – do you have any questions for us Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Staff Pharmacist Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Safeway.
Interview Details – My interview and hiring process was very atypical. The company purchased the prescription files of the only independent pharmacy left in that town, and I was the pharmacist-in-charge of that pharmacy. The pharmacy was very popular due to our customer service and detailed patient counseling, so Safeway wanted the continuity of having me as a pharmacist in their pharmacy. They were only waiting for the independent pharmacy to announce its closure to offer me the position. I was required to submit a resume and have an "interview" but the interview primarily consisted of the mandatory drug test and chatting about the last few weeks at the independent pharmacy, how best to handle the transfer, and what my sign-on bonus would be. The question wasn't so much if I would be offered the job (because that had already been handled), but if I would accept the job.
Interview Question – It wasn't really difficult or unexpected, but I needed to discuss my drug test due to the legitimately prescribed drugs that I was taking and which would appear in the drug test results. I had already discussed this fact with the regional pharmacy manager when he offered me the job at a previous lunch meeting, but I did need to go over it with the recruitment manager during the "interview". View Answer
Negotiation Details – Negotiation phase was primarily the employer offering me what they thought would be acceptable to me. Since the offer was acceptable, I didn't need to negotiate much except for my time to start employment. They wanted me right away and I needed at least a week off before starting.
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