Chances are, you’ve been to a CVS near you to fulfill your convenience, grocery, or pharmacy needs.
They’re a well-known chain with a variety of employment opportunities at different level positions. Which means, if you’re looking for a job, CVS may have an opportunity in your area that suits your needs.
Actually landing the job doesn’t have to be intimidating.
In this article, we’ll walk through the CVS application and interview process in detail, as well as reveal some tips and tricks to help you get the CVS job you want.
CVS is a well-known pharmaceutical and retail establishment that aims to be a healthcare innovator and to reinvent the pharmacy experience.
There are currently over 10,000 CVS locations supported by over 30,000 employees across the country.
When you apply for a job at a CVS near you, you can always expect to fill out an application and go through an interview process before you’re officially hired.
Let’s walk through the four steps of the CVS hiring process.
Searching for open CVS jobs is the first stage in the application process.
CVS typically has thousands of part-time and full-time open roles across the country at a time. When you find a role that suits your availability, skill set, and experience levels, you’ll be directed to an application.
How to find a CVS job application depends on the site you’re searching on.
When looking for jobs using Jobcase, you’ll be automatically sent to the relevant online application when you click on the role you’re interested in.
In order to fill out a CVS application online, you’ll need to create an account.
Once you have an account with CVS, you can use it to apply to several different open roles throughout the company.
If you’re starting your CVS application on the CVS website, select the “Apply” button in the top right-hand corner of the listing to get started.
In order to create a CVS account, you’ll need basic information like your name, email, and phone number. You’ll also need to select the role that interests you.
Next, you’ll be directed to the relevant CVS job application, CVS pharmacy application, or CVS health application for CVS Health jobs, depending on the role you selected.
The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. Let’s walk through the major sections.
First, you’ll need to upload a resume. Your resume should include any relevant work experience, skills, education, and references.
Even though it may also be listed on your resume, you’ll need to directly input your work experience and education into the CVS application form.
Pay close attention to the “responsibilities” portion for each position you include in your work experience. This description will likely signal to CVS recruiters whether or not you’re a good fit for the role.
Use the same descriptions that CVS uses in the job listing to describe your past experience.
For example, you might put “worked cash register” on your resume, whereas the job listing states “cashier experience.” Use the words “cashier experience” to avoid getting caught in resume filters and to clearly signal to CVS that you’re right for the role.
And of course, list all relevant education. This section is for formal education only; licenses and certifications come later.
If you qualify for veteran or disability status, you’ll need to let CVS know.
In order to qualify for a job at CVS, you’ll need to clearly state your availability and your work status in the US. Be as generous as possible with your availability at this stage.
There is a specific part of the CVS application to record different licenses or certifications that you may have. If you don’t have any, consider completing a free certification course online to show CVS that you’re serious about your skills.
Here are several free sales associate certifications that could be valuable when applying for a retail associate position.
At this stage, you’ll also have to put in more details about your formal education, if any.
While there are some other smaller sections of your CVS application to complete, the final section is expanding on details regarding your employment history and references.
You’ll need to prepare information like your responsibilities, reason for leaving past jobs, reference names, and reference contact information.
The most efficient way to apply for a job at CVS is through this online portal, but print applications might also be available in physical stores for certain roles.
Once you submit your application, CVS recruiters will review it to see if you’re a good fit.
How long it takes CVS to respond to an application depends on how many applicants have already applied for that role and how urgent it is for them to fill that role.
If your application is accepted, you’ll be asked to take a phone interview or to come in for an in-person interview. There may also be a follow-up video interview or a second in-person interview depending on the role.
Finally, if you pass the interview stage, you’ll be called and given an offer.
Check out what our Jobcase community has had to say about the CVS hiring process.
The exact interview questions that you’ll be asked are up to the hiring manager, but this list includes 15 that have been reported by CVS applicants across several different job forums:
Tell me about yourself.
What do you know about CVS?
Why do you want to work at CVS?
What does excellent customer service mean to you?
Do you like being around people?
Tell me about a time when you gave excellent customer service.
How would you handle an upset customer?
Do you prefer working alone or in a group?
How would your former boss describe you?
What do you like least about your last job?
How do you handle work pressure?
How do you handle workplace conflict?
Tell me about your pharmacy experience.
Are you planning to continue working as a pharmacist?
What characteristics are necessary in a CVS employee?
While the CVS locations near you may have several open roles at once, most of them can be grouped into the following categories:
Warehouse: These jobs include picking products to fulfill orders, taking inventory, loading trailers, driving trucks, delivering, and more.
Customer care: These jobs typically include retail or pharmaceutical associates that help CVS customers and work with them directly on the sales floor.
Pharmacy technician: These jobs include supporting patients, helping to fill medications, supporting pharmacists, and more. Remote opportunities are also available.
Seasonal: These jobs are typically in larger quantities during the summer and holiday seasons when extra retail and customer service assistance is needed.
These tips and tricks will help you land the job at CVS that currently interests you most.
If you get called in for an interview, remember to dress professionally. When interviewing for management positions, you should dress executive casual. For other positions, business casual clothing will work.
CVS hours of operation aren’t 9-to-5 jobs, and in many cases, nights, weekends, and holiday work is required. The more flexible job seekers are with their availability, the better.
Especially for retail roles, CVS is looking for people who will be good customer service representatives. Be prepared to discuss what good customer service means to you.
A strong reference will put you ahead of other applicants. Former bosses or colleagues are best, but a friend or family member works too if you’re just starting out.
Print a copy to give to your hiring manager, and be prepared to answer questions about your professional background.
Getting a job at CVS is possible with the tips and tricks we discussed today.
If you’re interested in one of the many job opportunities available at a CVS near you, check out current job openings on the Jobcase job search.