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Tequila's avatar

Job interview advice?

Asked by Tequila (337points) April 23rd, 2013

I’ve been working in a pharmacy for the past 4 years as an assistant, but I do not get enough shifts or make enough money. I’ve got an interview tomorrow with a different pharmacy, same position. The thing is, I love where I currently work and would like to keep working there. My plan is to have 2 jobs (trying to pay for college is harder than I thought). Anyway how do I bring this up with the interviewer in the most appealing way possible? Is it a strike against me if I go in and say I can only work on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays? I have a great resume and I study pharmacy in school, but I am a little worried that he will think I won’t be able to balance 2 jobs. Any tips?

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ragingloli's avatar

During a job interview, never, ever, flatout tell your potential employer what you can not do. That is an immediate and surefire strikeout.

Tequila's avatar

Hmm, okay. So what do I tell them? I feel like I need to be straightforward and tell them that I have another job. I work there on Monday & Wednesday nights and I don’t want to leave them hanging. Is there a good way of doing this? Or is this interview a lost cause..

YARNLADY's avatar

My grandson was recently hired at a drug store, and he told them right up front that he has another part-time job. Both companies are aware he works at two jobs. This is becoming very common, since many companies don’t have full time workers anymore.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’d normally agree with @ragingloli here, but not telling the interviewer won’t do you any favors either. He needs to know your availability up front, or you could be wasting his time as well as yours. If you neglect to tell him that you’re not available every day and he hires you, what happens when he does find out? Well, first of all, he’s going to wonder why the hell you didn’t tell him in the first place.

Just say, “I’m available on _____________.” Tell him you’re going to school and have another job. If your availability doesn’t jive with his needs, then that’ll be the end of it.

I’m curious as to why you don’t know what hours they’re looking to fill prior to your interview.

YARNLADY's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Many companies do not hire for specific hours of work. Instead, they make up a new schedule every week or so and the workers never know when they are going to work, as it varies. My grandson receives the drug store schedule first, and gives it to the other company to work around.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It depends on how you word it. Instead of saying “I can’t,” or “I won’t” just tell them that you have another job and tell them your hours/days for the other job.

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