According to the statistics from 2017, in average more than ten people applied for every pharmacist job opening in the United States. Are you one of the applicants?

A young pharmacist, a blonde American, stands in front of a cash desk in a pharmacy. We can see a lot of medications in the back of the picture. It will be not easy to succeed in your interview. You can not stand out with your knowledge, or education, because all job candidates will have a degree from pharmacy, and the same (or similar) knowledge. So how to make a difference?

You can make a difference with great answers to their questions. You can try to connect with the hiring managers in your interview, you can try to convince them that you are better (in terms of personal traits and attitude to the job). 

And what will happen in an interview? They will ask you some personal and some behavioral questions, trying to understand your motivation to work as a pharmacist, your attitude to patients, and to various scenarios that take place in as pharmacy on a daily basis. Let’s have a look at the most common questions.

List of common questions for pharmacy interview

  • panel interview, three female interviewers of Asian origin, one female job applicant.Why have you decided for a career of a pharmacist? (try to focus on something else than money, or dreams of your parents; tell them about your desire to help, about your good experience from pharmacies, etc)
  • What do you want to accomplish as a pharmacist, in your life, and in your daily job? (show them that you are responsible, that you have goals, that you know what you want to achieve in your job and life)
  • Tell me about your education and previous experience. (try to speak positively about things that happened to you so far, show them that you enjoyed your studies and practice)
  • How would you deal with a stupid/irate/aggressive customer in a pharmacy? (show them that you are ready to meet every patient with love and understanding, delivering an excellent customer service every time)
  • How do you spot drug seeking behavior? Do you have any experience with it from the past? (you have probably learned the answer to this one at the college)
  • Would you mind working overtime/ at weekends? (check the opening hours of the pharmacy, if they are open on weekends, show some flexibility and tell them you are ready)
  • What subjects did you find most interesting when studying for your degree?
  • Do you believe to have a right personality for a job of a pharmacist? (certainly you should believe, and you should list a couple of your strengths that relate to the job)
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time? (tell them that you do not dream big, and will be happy having the same job in a pharmacy)
  • How do you ensure your knowledge stays up to date?


Interviewers are talking to an applicant, man holds her resyme in hands. The atmosphere looks relaxed.Build bridges, try to show your best self

Try to be honest, listen carefully, show enthusiasm for the job, for the particular pharmacy, for your interviewers. Remember, personal preferences often play a role in the interviews, and it is your goal to build a good relationship with your interviewers.

Note: If you would like to see more questions with great answers, check website from Anita Stosur, a professional interview coach from Philadelphia. Anita will show you answers to twenty most common questions, she specializes in helping people to get a job of a pharmacist. Visit her website at Alternatively you can continue your preparation with Interview Penguin: