When answering this interview question, you can provide a detailed account of your experience with managing inventory in a pharmacy. Your answer should cover the following aspects:
- Ordering: Explain how you go about determining the inventory needs of the pharmacy, how you communicate with vendors to place orders and how you keep track of the inventory levels to ensure that stock is always available.
- Stocking: Discuss your experience with unpacking and properly storing medications in the pharmacy. Describe how you maintain a clean and organized storage area for medications, and how you ensure that all medications are properly labeled and stored in compliance with safety standards.
- Rotating: Explain your experience with rotating medications to ensure that the oldest medications are used first. Describe how you check expiration dates and how you properly dispose of expired medications. Additionally, discuss how you handle returns of medications that may be recalled or that may have been ordered in error.
Some tips for answering this question include providing specific examples of how you have managed inventory in the past, highlighting any successes you have had, and demonstrating your knowledge of pharmacy safety standards and protocols. You can also emphasize your attention to detail, your ability to work efficiently, and your communication skills with vendors, pharmacy staff, and customers.