Pharmacy Technician Jobs Advice

In order to provide you with quality pharmacy technician jobs advice, we interviewed several people who would know the best: Pharmacists who are responsible for hiring pharmacy techs.

Pharmacy Technician Jobs Advice: Interview #1

(Interview with a pharmacist in Indiana.)

Pharmacy Tech Pros: In what type of setting do you work?

Pharmacist: "In a call center--I counsel patients and verify orders."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: When hiring a pharm tech, what are the most important qualities you look for?

Pharmacist: "Good communication skills, the ability to understand medical terminology, the ability to ask the right questions and gather the right information from other healthcare providers (i.e. big ones at my site are height/weight/BSA/diagnosis and if there’s cyclic dosing), good work ethic."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some resume-writing tips you can offer to ensure that a job applicant gets an interview?

Pharmacist: "The resume itself should be free of grammatical errors, organized, and have clean lines. Make sure if you put something on your resume you can back it up – were you involved in a team project or volunteer organization? What exactly were your duties? Have at least 3 people as references available because employers are going to ask you for them. Have at least 2 other people look it over for you."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some interviewing tips that you can offer to someone who’s applying to be a pharm tech?

Pharmacist: "Know something about the company and the person you’re interviewing with. Along those same lines, have some well-thought-out questions to ask during the interview. If you are asked a tough question, take a quick moment to think it through. They’re always going to ask your strengths and weaknesses, so have some examples of both. Be able to explain how you’re working on your weaknesses and how your strengths make you right for the job. I always ask my interviewer what he/she likes and does not like about the job and what the corporate environment is like. Be confident and polite! Dress for success! Do not chew gum!"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What is a pharm tech’s best path to find the highest paying job?

Pharmacist: "More education will almost always get you a higher paying job, so getting certified is a must."

Learn more about the pharmacy technician test (certification exam) here.

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Pharmacy Technician Jobs Advice: Interview #2

(Interview with a pharmacist in Illinois.)

Pharmacy Tech Pros: In what type of setting do you work?

Pharmacist: "Retail pharmacy chain"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: When hiring a pharm tech, what are the most important qualities you look for?

Pharmacist: "I look for:

  • History of dependability
  • Ability to easily communicate verbally and in writing using correct grammar
  • Ability to tailor explanations of concepts to people who may be unfamiliar
  • Understanding of basic math skills, particularly cross-multiplying
  • Desire to learn, improve, and succeed"

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some resume-writing tips you can offer to ensure that a job applicant gets an interview?

Pharmacist: "Use proper grammar, and remember you aren’t texting, nor are you Prince. You’d be surprised at how many people use all lowercase letters, or use numerals instead of words on a resume.

Include descriptions of responsibilities from previous jobs. Be prepared to explain how previous job responsibilities have helped prepare you to be a pharmacy technician."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What are some interviewing tips that you can offer to someone who’s applying to be a pharm tech?

Pharmacist: "Be confident (without being appearing arrogant). Everyone gets nervous, but an interview isn’t a test, so you can’t give a wrong answer. It’s intended for the employer to learn about the potential employee, and witness their ability to communicate as they describe their previous work or life experiences."

Pharmacy Tech Pros: What is a pharm tech’s best path to find the highest paying job?

Pharmacist: "Become PTCB Certified. Most pharmacies pay more to technicians who are PTCB certified. Also, in many states, a tech must become certified within a couple years of becoming licensed, or forfeit their license. If an applicant is already certified, it’s one less thing for a pharmacy manager to worry about, which can only benefit a potential employee. Becoming certified also demonstrates that a potential employee is competent in many of the skills required, and is proactive. After joining a company and learning it's specific procedures, this could lead to being offered a Senior Tech position quicker than other technicians, and thus, more pay."




Do you see a common theme here? Getting certified is one sure way to increase your pay. Prepare for the exam with a pharmacy technician practice test that you can download now.


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