Having the right people is crucial for a pharmacy to provide the best service to patients and conduct its operations effectively.
But that’s easier said than done. There are many different variables to consider when you are looking for people to fill your positions. They need to have the technical knowledge and skill, but they also need soft skills to communicate well, solve problems, and stay organized.
They need to have good character, traits that include reliability, honesty, and a good work ethic.
Important Qualities to Look For
Consider the qualities you want in a new worker before beginning the hiring process to know what you’re looking for when candidates come in to interview. Some skills to look for include the following:
- Communication skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Pharmacy knowledge
- Organizational skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Mathematical skills
How to Get the Skills You Need
- Job description
To find the skills and qualities you’re looking for, put together an effective job description. It should clearly state the skills and qualities desired and the duties and responsibilities of the job.
This will help job candidates to determine if they are a good fit for the role and will dissuade those who lack the required skills from applying.
- Review the applications
Reviewing resumes and cover letters will help to narrow down the field of qualified candidates. Look at not only the content of these documents but also their appearance, how well they are written and organized.
Social media sites, such as LinkedIn, are another good resource to check out to learn more about job candidates.
- Interview the candidates
How you go about this will depend on your particular situation. However, it is a good idea to have questions prepared in advance, ones that are specifically designed to elicit information about the particular skills and qualities you are looking for.
You should ask each candidate the same questions and make notes about their answers to have something to compare later when you review the interviews.
Some employers also give candidates personality tests. One of these is the Winslow Assessment, a short evaluation tool that helps to indicate the candidate’s attitude, emotional intelligence, ability to work cooperatively, and adaptability.
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