Walgreen Co. is a popular pharmacy, with 9,021 different store locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens employs more than 225,000 people.
If you’re searching for your next job and have Walgreens in your sights, you have a great chance of landing an interview. They’re constantly hiring for positions, including customer service representatives and pharmacist technicians.
In this article, we’ll show you how you can apply for a job at a Walgreens store and ace the interview.
Let’s take a look at how you can start the application process and get a job at Walgreens:
To apply for a job at a Walgreens drug store, you should visit the Walgreens careers page and search for available positions (like assistant store manager or beauty advisor), in your area.
There are many entry-level positions available to those with high school diplomas. You’ll also find many full-time and part-time job opportunities to explore.
It’s worth noting that their minimum age of employment is 18.
Once you’ve found the job for you, you can fill out an application form online within the careers website. It’ll ask you to fill in your personal information and give you the chance to upload your resume and cover letter.
The Walgreens job application will also let you fill in information about your availability and ask for references.
Your first interview will be with someone from HR. It’s more of a screener during the hiring process, where they’ll ask you general questions about your past work experiences and your motivations.
Be prepared to answer questions about how your previous job experience relates to the job you’ve applied for.
You’ll also likely be asked why you want to work at Walgreens (as well as other standard interview questions).
The second interview will likely be with the head of the department you’re applying to and possibly another member of the HR team.
This step of the interview process is where you’ll be asked behavioral questions to ensure you know how to handle customers.
Take your time answering these questions and ensure you’re using specific examples. The questions asked will be tailored to the job you’ve applied for.
At this point, you’ll likely be asked for your social security number as well so they can do a background check.
Finally, you’ll be asked to complete a skills assessment. If you succeed, you’ll most likely be offered the job.
The skills assessment consists of simple math and retail-related questions. Brush up on your math skills so that you can ace the test.
Examples of retail-oriented questions you may be asked include questions asking you to calculate totals with coupons and questions ensuring you can do quick math to give exact change.
To give you a leg up, here are some potential interview questions. Remember that there will also be questions tailored to the job title you’ve applied for.
These sample questions are examples of screening questions asked during your first interview:
Tell us about yourself.
What can you tell us about Walgreens?
Why did you leave your last job?
What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
Why should we hire you?
Walgreens often has many positions open at a time, so it’s likely you’ll find one you’re interested in near you. You can browse Jobcase’s job board to see available listings.
Let’s take a look at three positions that Walgreens often has openings for.
At Walgreens, customer service associates are working in every department with many team members.
Possible departments you could work in as a customer service associate include grocery, beauty, and the healthcare and wellness sections. They even have a department if you’d like to be a photo specialist.
Some jobs in this position include cashing customers out, stocking shelves, helping customers find items, and performing light cleaning duties like mopping, dusting, sweeping, and cleaning bathrooms.
If you enjoy staying busy and working with customers, this could be the job for you.
The shift lead is a step up from a sales associate and a customer service associate. They serve as role models for associates and ensure they are delivering a great experience to customers.
As a shift lead, you’ll also be a key holder, meaning you will open and close the store in the absence of management.
Aside from managing a team of associates, shift leads have many of the same responsibilities. They help customers find products, answer questions, and operate the cash register.
Additional responsibilities include:
Assisting with basic bookkeeping
Overseeing price changes
Assisting with the pharmacy
Ensuring staff members follow all company policies
Walgreens is a pharmacy store chain first, so pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be at every location.
To get one of these roles, you’ll have to have the right qualifications. Pharmacy technicians require certification and college-level education.
Pharmacy technicians are very people-focused. They interact with customers by greeting them and answering their questions. They also help customers find products in the health and wellness section and cash customers out.
The pharmacy technicians and pharmacists are also responsible for filling prescriptions.
If you’ve decided to apply to Walgreens, keep these six tips in mind:
Like you would with any job, it’s important to customize your resume and cover letter to the specific position.
If you’re applying for a sales associate position, make sure to include past experiences on your resume. In your cover letter, speak about the responsibilities you’ve had in the past that have prepared you for the job.
You’ll want to address certain requirements listed in the job description. If it asks for a specific skill or experience that you have, make sure you mention it.
Also, double check your contact information to make sure it’s accurate.
The interview is your chance to make a good impression. Whether we like it or not, how we look is what people look at first.
When going in for your interview, dress in business casual or business executive attire, depending on the position.
For a sales associate interview, business casual will suffice. That could be a pair of chinos and a button-down for men, and a blouse and a pair of dress pants for women.
Pharmacy and lead jobs will require a similar look, but one step up. Just throw a blazer or jacket overtop of your blouse or button-down, and you’re good to go.
Something like this:
Before the interview, take some time to practice answering common interview questions.
A lot of people find success recording themselves answering questions to examine not only their answers but also their body language. Your body language says a lot — try to maintain eye contact, lean in, and be attentive.
Recording yourself also lets you see things you do that you might not be aware of, like fidgeting.
While practicing your answers to these questions, make sure to work in your past work and qualifications.
Hiring managers want to hear about your past job experiences and how they’ve prepared you for the position you’ve applied for. Learning that you’ve been a cashier in the past will give them confidence that you’re capable of doing the job.
The interview is not only their chance to ask you questions, but you get to turn the table on them at the end of it all.
Prepare a list of questions that you want to be answered. This not only helps you see whether the job is a good fit for you, but it’s also a way to show interest. Asking the hiring manager questions will show them that you’re still interested in the position after going through the hiring process.
After a successful interview, it’s important to send a thank-you note.
It doesn’t have to be long-winded — in fact, it’s better to keep it short. Thank the interviewer for their time and restate your interest in the position.
This is also a chance to clarify anything that may have come up during the interview. Or, if you and the interviewer connected over a shared interest, you could bring that up.
Walgreens is a great place to work with different career areas to explore. They have competitive wages in the retail space, and Walgreens employees consistently report that it’s a friendly and welcoming place to be.
The above advice should help job seekers get hired. For more tips to land your next job, visit Jobcase’s Getting Hired Resource Center.