A trial day offers a valuable opportunity to assess if a job in a pharmacy is the right fit for both you and the employer. It allows you to get a feel for the pharmacy, meet the rest of the team and showcase your skills, knowledge, and professionalism. To make the most of this opportunity, thorough preparation is essential. This article provides a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you prepare for a successful trial day in a pharmacy.
Before your trial day (and ideally before your interview), conduct online research to familiarize yourself with the pharmacy's mission, values, and the services they offer. This knowledge will demonstrate your interest and dedication during the trial day.
Dress in professional attire, demonstrating your commitment to the role, this will not only help you feel more confident, but it will also give a good impression to your potential employer. Opt for clean, wrinkle-free clothing that adheres to the pharmacy's dress code, and remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Familiarise yourself with the pharmacy's location beforehand to avoid getting lost and plan your commute in advance to factor in any potential delays. Ideally, aim to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early.
During the trial day, actively listen to instructions and guidance to ensure clear understanding. Try to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy in the tasks assigned to you. Show professionalism, respect and empathy when interacting with patients and other pharmacy staff and try to be as collaborative as possible. On top of all this, don’t be afraid to ask questions! This will only help to demonstrate your interest and engagement.
Each pharmacy is different, so it’s important to show enthusiasm for learning new skills and adapting to the pharmacy's workflow. Make sure to be receptive to feedback and willing to implement suggestions for improvement.
Approach the trial day with confidence and a positive mindset. Even if it’s not going the way you expected or you already feel like it’s not necessarily a good fit for you, try to be friendly, approachable and willing to work collaboratively with the rest of the pharmacy team. If you become overwhelmed, take a moment, remember to breath and if you need assistance don’t be afraid to ask, there will always be someone there to help.
Remember, it’s normal to feel nervous as you’re not familiar with the pharmacy, its structures, and the other employees or the customers that come in the door. By following these steps, you can ensure that you are prepared as much as possible and make the most of this opportunity. But at the end of the day, enjoy the experience.
We will be in touch with you soon to see how you got on, and to give you any feedback that the pharmacy has to offer us also.
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