5 Keys for New Hires

When looking for employment, every job seeker needs to be, first and foremost, passionate about their career path. The pharmaceutical industry as a whole requires intense commitment to accuracy. Employees with lackadaisical attitudes tend to forego precision.

Along with interest comes curiosity, a drive to stay in front of industry trends like regulatory changes, upcoming procedural changes, and innovations in the industry. Check out this quick overview of basic attributes employers seek in all job applicants.

Besides the degree, and credentials, pharmaceutical employers are looking for these 5 Major Skills when seeking new hires.

1. Communication

Pharmacists must be able to communicate effectively. The high stress environment of a busy pharmacy can interfere with comprehension. Pharmacists are not afforded the luxury of missteps. You must be able to listen and reiterate what you hear from patients, doctors, and fellow staff in order to properly fulfill needs. Accuracy is essential.

2. Compassion

Personalized, compassionate interaction is tantamount to good patient care. Be friendly. Be open to listening to patients in order to get the bigger picture of what is happening with their medical care. Even in a busy pharmacy, patience is key to a fulfilling, successful career and successful customer care.

3. Judgment

You must be able to make judgment calls quickly and precisely on demand. Efficiency is also key in order to streamline processes, and have an acute sense of timing. Recognize potential problems like adverse drug reactions. All of these require good judgement to stay on your toes, as events happen quickly in a pharmacy.

4. Ability to Prioritize

With a full waiting room and more coming through the front door, it’s essential that pharmacists accurately utilize their best organizational skills. Consolidating steps while making quick, precise decisions is vital.

5. Team Work

Employers are looking for team players. With high demand comes high stress. Employee interactions can crumble within an untethered staff. Ideally, staff look out for each other, are helpful without keeping score, and seek a commonality of accurate, compassionate patient care. Often the pharmacist is the leader, setting the standard for people skills. All staff members will look toward him or her as the model of interaction. Be a role model at work.

Wrapping Up

Job listings can give you more insight into a company’s requirements. Study the company you wish to work for and have questions ready for them. Job interviews are give and take situations. If you step blindly into any given job offer, you may not find the right fit. Represent yourself honestly. Show you care. Be eager and assertive. Show your interviewer that you are the best applicant to walk through their front door.