Posted by: Ayla Atalar10 OCT 2011
Somehow, I had managedto complete my third year of university and I found myself face to face with myfuture, or rather my interviewers who would determine my future. I did not knowhow time had so quickly flown by, did not know how I managed to get hospitalinterviews and did not know what to expect.
All I did know was that, before I knew it, my hospitalinterviews were frighteningly close and I had nowhere to start. I desperatelysearched the web, searched Pharmalife, and seemingly searched the world for anysort of information on what hospital pharmacy pre-registration interviews wouldbe like.
One particular websiteI did find interesting was a veryuseful article by none other than PJ online. (<http://www.pjonline.com/tomorrows-pharmacist/links_and_resources/useful_articles/hospital_prereg_interview ). This article is a top recommendation of mine;if you apply to hospitals and get any interviews then this is a must read. Otherthan this, I found there were limited websites on the web; I found mostwebsites are simply more general to interviews in specific.
I couldn’t help but wonder why there was not more help for the futurepre-registration students when the pre-reg year is such an important part of apharmacist’s career. It sets the concrete for you to build the rest of yourcareer on and, providing you pass the final exam, turns you into a realpharmacist. So I thought to myself that I could now use my newfound experienceof pre-reg interviews to help others!
So here are some general tips to help future hospital pre-registration pharmacistsprepare for their interviews:
- Learn your application well. One of my interviews asked me to go through all of my work/experience/placements. And make sure you know what you did for what job you had.
- Make sure you know why you wantto work in hospital.
- Make sure you know why you wantto work for that specific hospital…in other words, why did you pick thathospital?
- Know what you want to gainpersonally from the hospital pre-registration year.
- Think of what you can give backto the hospital i.e. your personal skills/qualities and how these willcontribute to the pharmacy department.
- I was actually asked someclinical questions – so make sure you know some of your clinical knowledge fromuniversity. I asked my fellow pharmacy peers and they said they did not getasked any clinical questions at all, so it really does depend on the hospitalyou are applying to. To save yourself learning every single clinical fact, tryto learn general hospital clinical concerns and just remember your universitymodules.
- Clinical governance is a bigfactor in hospital pharmacy.
- Read the news for any new drugdiscoveries, any new drugs on the market or any drug related news topic just incase you get asked.
- You may be given a fewscenarios, and be asked what you would do if you were placed in a certain situation.
- Be confident, smile and I know it sounds cliché, but be yourself.