Pharmacist Test

The pharmacist test is an effective way for recruiters to ensure that candidates who have applied for a role as a pharmacist have the skills and competencies that are necessary to be successful. Used in the early stages of the recruitment process, this simple to administer test gives accurate data that can be used to help with shortlisting.

  • What is a pharmacist test?

    Recruiting for a pharmacist means finding the right candidates who have the required qualifications, skills and competencies to be successful.

    Pharmacists have a deep knowledge of medications and health, providing advice on dosage and using drugs and other prescriptions to improve symptoms. A pharmacist needs to be qualified correctly, in the UK this comes from achieving a Master's degree in pharmacy and in the US it requires a doctoral degree and specific licensing.

    The pharmacist test takes this required education into consideration, asking questions that are relevant to the job knowledge as well as assessing other competencies and skills that might be needed - like communication and problem-solving.

    The test usually consists of questions with multiple-choice answers, and it is completed online with a strict time limit. The content of the questions is not necessarily difficult, but the test conditions and pressure add a layer of complexity that makes the test more relevant to the workplace.

    A successful candidate who scores well on the assessment will have demonstrated that they have the skills and job knowledge to perform well in the role if they are chosen. For the recruiter, choosing the best candidates to take forward from a large pool of applicants is made more simple and straightforward because these tests provide accurate, standardized data.

About the Pharmacist Test

When you are recruiting for a pharmacist, it is usual to receive an overwhelming number of applications.

Usually, the first step in a recruitment process is an application form and a CV or cover letter, which can be compared against the essential skills and qualifications to ensure that the candidates match the criteria of the role.

The best candidates will then be invited to be interviewed by the recruiters and/or the hiring managers for the role.

The pharmacist test is an addition to the recruitment process that effectively and efficiently tests the candidates on their competencies and knowledge, based on job-related skills that are based on the needs of the job.

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  • Why should you use a pharmacist test for recruiting?

    A pharmacist must have the required education and meet minimum qualification standards to be employed, but if there are many applicants for a single role that have the same education and similar levels of experience, how does the recruitment team decide?

    The early stages of recruitment can be a huge undertaking in both time and money. Taking forward every candidate who meets the minimum requirements to be considered is not possible for most institutions, and this is where a pharmacist test can make all the difference.

    The pharmacist test can be scaled to fit any organisation, with no issues of relevance or bias. Every test asks the same questions in the same way, and the candidates take the assessment in their own time.

    Crafted to ask the right questions - the ones that draw on relevant experience, recent and up-to-date knowledge, and necessary skills - the pharmacist test can be used early in the recruitment process to narrow the candidate pool. Using relevant and reliable data that is backed by organisational psychology, the potential of each candidate is revealed through simple to read results, giving recruiters hard facts about the suitability, trainability, and the likelihood of success before wasting valuable time and money on interviews.

    The pharmacist test could also be used for roles like:

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Results for the Pharmacist Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses pharmacist skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. accountability), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a pharmacist were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our pharmacist test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Pharmacist Test FAQs

What are the key skills for a pharmacist?

Aside from the education and qualification requirements as well as a love for science, a pharmacist must also have great communication and leadership skills. They need to think logically and work well under pressure, with great problem-solving ability.

What other tests are useful to assess a pharmacist's skills?

Personality and situational judgement tests could be useful to assess a pharmacist's work behaviours and skills in problem-solving. Numerical and verbal reasoning assessments will provide data on the applicants logical thinking skills.

What is the cost for Picked's pharmacist test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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