I have a pharmacy technician trainee Interview for CVS soon, What are Some Tips I Should Know?

If I get it, this is going to be the first job I’ve had in the pharmaceutical field so I’m really excited about it. I’m not licensed nor do I have any prior pharmacy experience. For pharmacy technicians who have worked at CVS, what kind of questions should I prepare to answer? Do you guys have any tips to increase my chances? Thanks!

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Let it be known you’re a people person, as you deal with people all day.

If they ask a weakness, say you don’t have any pharmacy experience. But that you’re a quick learner and motivated

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I work for CVS as a pharmacy technician and they will hire anyone as long as you’re sincere and seem teachable you’ll do fine. Don’t expect to move up quickly or the training to be the best. Just take it for what it is, a foot in the door for experience and knowledge in the field for other opportunities.

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Thanks that’s really encouraging!

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Good luck to you on your interview. I don’t work for that company, but I know during interviews where I work the pharmacy manager has a preset list of questions that he company wants him/her to ask but ours likes to give a small little math test too, [I should specify that it’s just simple math you’d use constantly in pharmacy. like 28 x 3 :a blister pack of 28 is how most oral birth control pills are packaged and many people will receive 3 months supply at a time]. Whether or not you can quickly do things like that in your head with no prior experience is less important than how you react when given a question like that. The other questions are like ‘explain a time when you had to make a difficult decision’. ‘talk about a time when you gave exceptional customer service’ ‘what made you want to join our team?’ etc. Mention that you are a quick learner and that you have decent computer skills. Not sure if you can touch type, but that will help. One more thing, not really a tip but be honest with the pharmacy manager about your availability; it’s important to be up front if there are times that you can’t work. Don’t be too nervous, all the big companies have extensive pharmacy technician training programs and the rest of the staff and pharmacists will be able to fill in any bits that the computer based training may have skipped over. Not sure if this is your absolute first job or if you have worked elsewhere in retail or customer service but any prior experience you have had in a job with the public, even volunteer work will look good for you.

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Thanks for the tip!

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they ask a preset lists of questions. I’ll try to list them but i can remember so many.

questions about customer service: name an example where you went above and beyond the call of duty, in a job or in school.

if someone asked you to bend the rules, how would you react?

how do you prioritize helping a colleague vs doing your own job?

describe a situation where a customer could not see your perspective how did you convince them or something like that…

what do you know about CVS? know what cvs stand for, company history, ect.

there are more questions but those are basically the gist of it.

I got two interviews from two different stores, I completely failed the first one because I went in unprepared. I learned that at CVS, if you fail an interview, apparently you get blacklisted, application will be deactivated so that no other CVS can call you. I was lucky to had the second interview already lined up and got the job at the second location, don’t make the same mistake I did.

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Not for CVS but for Walgreen’s I remember they wanted to know you work well with a team, you’re eager to work, and to learn. And of course that you work well under pressure if this is a busy store.

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I would have thought this would be obvious, but seeing as how this happened to me just this week I feel I should point it out: Don’t show up to the interview in jeans and a tee shirt sporting chains. You don’t have to buy a suit or anything, but a pharmacy is a professional environment and you should dress to reflect that.

Be prepared to explain why you are interested in pharmacy and what your short and long term career goals are. This may not be as important if you’re going for a part time position, but I like to hire people that have a genuine interest in medicine and are willing to get certified if they are not already. If you are looking for a long term career make sure they know you’re in it for the long haul. Other than that, just be friendly and honest and prepare to answer stereotypical questions like “explain a time you went above and beyond” or “were asked to bend the rules”

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Couldn’t hurt but know what CVS stands for. There is that old story about the guy who interviewed at IBM and the last question of the interview was what does IBM stand for.

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Consumer Value Store, for those playing along at home.

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Brand new hire, was in your shoes a month ago. Like everyone’s said, dress well, show up early (15min), say you are accustomed to dealing with the public, prepare a short answer to “Why pharmacy?” , be honest about your availability, smile, and you should be fine. There were no trick questions in my interview, just the very basics. You could prepare a list of questions for your interviewer.

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Mention previous math courses. pharmacy technicians need to have basic math skills. Mention you are comfortable using computers and learning new programs. pharmacy technicians use the computer all day for filling and billing insurance claims. Give specific examples of times you have given extraordinary customer service. Gives examples how you can increase sales such as customer service, promoting vaccinations and helping people to find OTC items.