Safeway Staff Pharmacist Interview Questions

Updated Jan 21, 2015
Updated Jan 21, 2015
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Staff Pharmacist Interview

Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Safeway in November 2013.

Interview Details

Met with a recruiter at my campus for a 30 minute interview.

Interview Questions
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

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    Staff Pharmacist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Staff Pharmacist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Safeway in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    leading questions from interviewer, review benefits, review company initiatives, salary negotiation, discussed vacation weeks,

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Pharmacist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frisco, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frisco, CO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Safeway in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Also stopped in to actual store to drop off resume. Store staff gave me the Hiring coordinator's phone number. I called her and after she briefly pulled up my application, decided to give me a on the spot phone interview. This lasted about 45 minutes. Went over resume and past work experiences, was asked a bunch of basic questions ....what was the most challenging aspect of last position? How would you handle issues with coworkers? Best qualities/worst qualities. Couple situational questions - if you were in this situation, what would you do? How would you handle?
    After phone interview they asked me to come in for an in-person interview with the Regional Pharmacy Manager. I met him a day or two later at the Pharmacy and we walked to a little cafe down the block to get some lunch and have the interview. Very laid back and comfortable. He did a lot of talking while I ate, then I told him again about my experiences and "future goals." After about 30 mins we walked back over to get a tour of the Pharmacy and meet the other employees. I went home and was called that evening, so about 3 hours later, and was offered the job. Very well paid salary for Pharmacists ...good amount more than I had been paid on the East coast

    Interview Questions
    • They will present a situation and you have to use past experiences to provide an example of how to handle it--- maybe conflict with a coworker?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was actually quite a bit more than what I had previously been making so I did not negotiate but was very happy with the amount I was offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Staff Pharmacist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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