On Job interviews

Job interviews can be so nerve-wracking and I wonder if they really do paint an accurate picture of whether or not we will be a good employee. Certain people seem to fare better in the talk themselves up department and others not so much. How do you know that the one who talks better in the interview will be a better match than the more shy interviewee who is actually much more hard-working and efficient employee?

Do you act yourself or must you force yourself to pretend to be someone else?

You literally have to give a great first impression from the start…When you first apply with your resume and cover letter, you’ve got to make sure that you demonstrate that you can construct legible sentences and structure things well.

After that, there may be an additional screening phone call or automated online interview, which you have to demonstrate you can cohesively construct something verbally well.

Then the next step if you make it as a live person interview with one or more panel members. In this case, you have to actively demonstrate your listening and quick thinking skills as you answer an array of various and sometimes random questions about yourself or a hypothetical scenario.

As this snapshot may not be sufficient enough for them, they will also contact your referees to make sure that you are not lying through your teeth about your most recent jobs and that you are indeed a good person to hire.

After you have passed all these hurdles you have to have police checks conducted on you, to make sure you ain’t a criminal or someone who has incurred many traffic accidents. If you are working in a hospital, they also need to test your blood to make sure your immunisations are all up to date.

Then you are finally hired! But you still have that six to twelve month probationary period where they can let you go at anytime. -.-;;

It’s such a pain moving from one job to another, but sometimes you have no choice…there just may be no room to grow for you in your current job. Life is tough, contracts finish, you may have bad management, bad colleagues… It is no surprise that as a millennial I have probably changed jobs more often than my dad has through his entire working life.

Online Live Interviews

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:

  1. 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.

Fingers crossed!

 

p.s. I asked them how they were coping with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne, not sure if appropriate… ><“

Health Care Heroes?

I am somewhat conflicted on the special treatment that ‘Health care workers’ have been receiving during this pandemic. While I think it is great that people are acknowledging the blood, sweat, and tears that happens in the health care industry and how tough and risky it can be…I feel somewhat guilty, almost, because there are so many other essential workers that aren’t receiving recognition for their commitment and hard work. Even as a health care professional, I am just doing my job…and I am getting paid for it! So I feel a bit bad that others are just doing their job, but not getting the recognition they deserve too.

I have mentioned in previous posts, the perks that have been on offer for health care workers during the Covid-10. Free soup, free coffee, discounted food, free parking in hospitals, free public transport, VIP early access to supermarkets on certain days of the week…and recently I heard they were giving free road side assist until the end of the year for AAMI customers. Thank you for acknowledging the hard-working health care professions who continue to go to work day in and day out, and they are unable to ‘work from home’, where it is safe…because our work revolves around patients and being onsite. It’s almost like token days like Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…these days where you show love and appreciation for your parents or your lover. BUT, does that mean on all the other ‘normal’ day of the year, you won’t show your love an appreciations? I feel like it should be a permanent thing and not just a temporarily we finally acknowledge your importance to society kind of thing. Hope that makes sense.

In saying that, while health care workers are on the front line and incredibly important to fighting this Covid-19…I feel bad for the other ‘essential workers’ that are keeping the country running too. There’s not much love for those truck drivers who continue to keep food getting to all parts of Australia, the taxi and bus drivers for transporting people, the postie that has been working hard to deliver our letters and packages that we’ve ordered online… Then there are those food delivery drivers who are delivering food to those who might not be able to leave their home and are helping keep restaurants running during this time. There are the police, firemen, and the politicians who are working hard on planning for the recovery of Australia to become a stronger and better nation. I am sure I am forgetting a WHOLE lot of important people…the supermarket staff, cafe staff, farmers, electricians, receptionists, petrol station workers….SO MANY. We have to remember to THANK them too for continuing to work and keep this country running during the pandemic.

So, in conclusion, no hate towards health professionals or myself…but I do believe there are many ESSENTIAL people who may not be getting the recognition they deserve for doing their job as well. I am just doing my job, so why should I get praised for that?

Your thoughts are more than welcome.

Experience?

I woke up today and I was working on writing a job application for a senior pharmacist position…and as I was thinking of all the different pharmacies I have worked and all the different roles I have had…and realised I am an experienced pharmacist…even though I don’t think I am… I have achieved much and experienced much… I don’t know everything, but I know something.

Applying for jobs is about selling yourself, your knowledge, and your experiences. Some talent in writing is needed here…you want to make it seem like you have done more and learnt more than you probably have…if you undersell yourself, you won’t even get a chance to progress from paper to in-person interview.  That reminds me, I have another interview this coming week… It is part of the same company I am currently in..but a different branch…further away from my house… but hey, stability in finances comes with a cost. I love my job now, but having short contracts constantly and not knowing if I have a job next year is scary…and I need to do my best to grab whatever opportunities there are… Otherwise, I won’t be able to save up for my house :(.

I feel really lucky now…Even though at times it’s frustrating…scary… tiring.. and exhausting. I think there will come a time where I will look back, and say I can’t believe I made it that far…by working so hard! You reap what you sow and if you worked hard…your efforts will pay off.

Going to a house inspection later today…I finally have a day off! So I might as well use my time wisely.

In other news, yesterday I heard from a colleague that another colleague had suddenly passed away..No one knows why. They were young. Lot’s of potential and a funny person. They will surely be missed. But it reminded me greatly about the uncertainty of life and the experiences we have interacting with each other…If you treat someone badly, and then they pass away, there is no opportunity to say sorry or to forgive them.

So think again, do you want to live a life of regret? Treat people the best that you can.

I honestly rather that people treat me bad, then I treat someone bad.

Is it Fate?

Do you believe in fate?

Do all things happen for a reason? Or are they just random happenings and it just happened to turn out some way or the other?

I mean is it fate that our parents decided to get married, have a kid, and then bam you are here?

I personally think all the things we think might be random help turns us into the people we are today. Our setbacks, our failures, our successes all happen for some great unknown reason. Perhaps to help build resilience, or to prepare us for something we didn’t expect coming.

Perhaps that random job we did back in our uni days will somehow be the stepping stone for the launch of our career that we really wanted… I think you sort of only reflect and appreciate all the things that happen in your journey when you look back retrospectively..and be like…oh I see.. I didn’t get that job…but in the end end I got this one, which I think is much more suitable for me!

Or…I hated this job..I quit…but I found something so much better and it helped me grow. It can be frustrating when we feel like the place that we are now is now where we want to be…but if we take it all in our stride..as seeing as a pathway to get to where we want to go, perhaps the journey won’t be as burdensome.

 

I think personally for me my journey is going into another direction and exciting things are yet to come..

 

All the best to us!

 

#randomramblingend

The Art of introducing yourself

I read in an article somewhere about how introduce yourself to others in a way that they would remember…and basically it made me question myself and my interactions with people that I have not met before.

Why do we like to assign people to certain occupations and things that they predominantly do to contribute to society, be it a student, teacher, or doctor. Does knowing someone’s occupation really help us to get to know someone better? Or does it help us categorise that person into a certain category..? I.e. They are librarian-they must be a nerd, engineer they must be good at numbers…chefs- hopefully good at cooking!?!

Should we change the question from”What do you do for a living?” To “What makes you feel alive?”

What if you weren’t working? There was a period of time where I took a break from work and study.. and I super avoided meeting new people.. coz then I would have to tell them how I wasn’t studying or working.. and they would be like so what do you do with your time? And in that case you talk about your hobbies, interests, sports etc. But in a way, you are also made to feel somewhat inferior or embarrassed that you may seen as “not contributing to society”.

People choose to spend their time differently and sometimes you may feel tempted to judge or criticise their time, as I do… but hey just cause you don’t think someone gaming 13 hours a day is being productive, you don’t know… maybe they will be a game changer in the future..? Maybe?

 

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