This interview was on FaceTime, so for this one I needed to dress up and have appropriate lighting in order for the district manager to see me clearly. I tested different locations throughout my house to make sure the wi-fi would work as well as my camera. During the interview, the pharmacist asked a really good question that I didn’t think she’d ask. It was, “Why are you switching from inpatient to outpatient so early in your career?”. I answered, “I have worked a majority of my pharmacy career in inpatient pharmacy, however I have also worked outpatient and even more so this summer. I feel that both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I do feel like the reason I have gotten into pharmacy in the first place was to better the community. Even though both do play a role in the community, I feel that outpatient gives me more satisfaction in helping the community in a more personal level.” Another question was “How would you help our business grow profit-wise?”. I responded, “The best way is to create a patient relationship that is friendly and helpful. During flu seasons, I would ask have you or your family received flu shots this season? I believe that the way to a successful business is through great customer service and if the customer service is great, the profits will follow.”
The following week I was told that the SoCal position has been taken, but that I have been chosen for the NorCal position. This position is full time and non-floating with benefits. I am extremely happy and took the position as soon as I could. They sent me an offer letter and I accepted immediately as they gave me a one day deadline to accept. For a new graduate, I feel that this choice was the best and even though I am going up north, this does not have to be for a long time. Also, I checked and there are per diem hospital positions around the area. Once I get settled in, I might apply for these so that I work both inpatient and outpatient. Thank you for reading!
Guest post by Leonel Garcia, PharmD 2018