Just finished a live online interview which is I guess the third and final step in the application process.
Was super nervous the whole day… just pacing back and forth and last minute watching all these videos on interview skills.
Some of the questions they asked were the ones I sort of prepared for, except they gave they scenarios.
They asked me why do you want to work at ______ Health and What do you know about the Pharmacy Residency Program. No matter how much I practiced this, I still stumbled and fell.
Then they gave me some case scenarios:
- If you got given some negative feedback, how would you go about addressing the feedback that they gave?
I honestly thought about what I would have done in a real case scenario..reflect and also think about how I can improve in the future. I would also keep doing what I have done well, but work on what I can do better.
2. How would you prioritise your time if you had two different presentations to do, a research project, a new rotation, and also you best-friends wedding at the end of your residency program?
TBH I couldn’t really hear the whole question clearly..so there may or may not be a research question added into that mix. Again, I didn’t lie and literally told them what I do in real life, write it in my journal..and plan my time around those deadlines. I also said that I wouldn’t cancel on my best friends because work life balance is important.
3. Imagine that you have got some feedback from your preceptor about your research assignment and you have emailed him for some feedback. However, he does not reply within 3 weeks…you bump into him and ask if he has seen your email. He says he has been really busy lately and told you to relax because the project isn’t due for ages.
Again, this is a familiar situation I have been in before…and I answered honestly once again. I would try to think of opportunities outside the box, i.e. asking a colleague of his for help or looking to see if I can fix it myself. Alternatively, I would try to schedule some time with him, i.e. over lunch or after work for 15 minutes. I said it would be respectful of their time and their duties…But I guess I should have reminded them of their responsibilities as a preceptor.
omg I forgot the last question….there was four tho..
Then I asked them a question…”What kind of person are you hiring?”
Felt dumb to ask that too..lol since I should know..
They wanted to hire someone that was enthusiastic, shows excellence, hard-working, and adaptable to change.
They then asked me about my experience in pharmacy so far and whether or not I would be willing to move to Melbourne. If I am going for the interview, I guess?!!?
Apparently for external applicants, like myself..We will have a 2 week orientation to the hospital in mid August..then the residency starts in September :O… So still lots of time to prepare if I needed to move..which is good.
They will get back to all the applicants either at the end of this week or the start of next week. Referee checks will be conducted by that time aswell.
p.s. I asked them how they were coping with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne, not sure if appropriate… ><“