25 Walgreens Interview Questions and Answers 2020

Do you want to apply for a job at Walgreens? Or maybe you already have an interview lined up?

Either way, I have a list of the most commonly asked questions at Walgreens' interviews(and the answers they want to hear).

Here we go…

Why do you want to work for Walgreens?

Have you ever worked for Walgreens?

Walgreens values people that have worked for them in the past because it's easier to get these workers up to speed.

If you ever worked there, mention your job title and responsibilities. If you haven't, it's ok. Having worked for Walgreens is not a requirement to get a job.

What do you know about Walgreens?

Have you ever worked in a pharmacy? What about retail?

Retail experience working for other stores translates to working in a pharmacy on many levels. You don't need retail pharmacy experience to work for Walgreens. But it doesn't hurt...

If you have other retail experiences, mention how many years of experience you have and what companies you worked for.

If you have no pharmacy experience, mention how much you like helping people and how you've always been interested in the health industry.

Why did you leave your last job?

This is a tricky one. If you were fired, avoid mentioning it. You don't want them thinking you're a problematic worker. Here are a few suitable answers:

For how long will you work for Walgreens?

Don't give them the impression you'll be there for just a few months to a year. They hate job hoppers.

You want to make them believe you're there to stay. That you are invested in the company.

Tell me about your education

Walgreens wants people who have at least a high school diploma or a GED. It's very difficult to get hired otherwise.

A college degree won't work against you, you don't have to hide it. Just tell the truth.

As long as you have a high school diploma, education is not a problem.

What are your salary expectations?

There's not a lot of room for negotiating salary with Walgreens. Salary is set at the corporate level with very few differences between stores.

You will only have room to negotiate working hours. And even that it's based on their needs.

They just want to know if you are likely to bail because you are getting paid below expectations.

When negotiating a salary there is a golden rule: never give a number first.

How can Walgreens become a better company?

Sometimes you will be asked for suggestions on how to make more sales at the stores or how to make the company more successful.

These types of questions are more likely to be asked for management positions.

Do you consider yourself a reliable person?

Will you show up on time every day? Are you good at following instructions? Can you be trusted to manage money?

Describe other professional experiences you've had

Mention other jobs you had along with‌ job titles and day-to-day responsibilities.

The goal here is to stress the skills you gained that can be used at Walgreens.

What is your biggest weakness?

Mention a weakness that doesn't matter much for working at Walgreens.

Don't "brag plain", which is giving a weakness that sounds like a strength. At least if you do it, do it wisely.

What is your biggest strength?

Do you have customer service experience?

Working at Walgreens means day-to-day customer interaction. Whatever experience you bring from previous jobs will be a plus.

If you have customer service experience:

If you don't have customer service experience:

A customer enters the store. What would you say?

A customer is angry. How do you deal with that?

A customer is complaining he's waiting too long. How do you address it?

Why should Walgreens hire you?

And if you have the experience, go further:

Do you have experience doing [activity they mention]?

There are many positions in a Walgreens store. Salespeople, pharmacy technicians, customer service people, shift leaders, beauty consultants, you name it.

For each of these roles, there are specific tasks you have to perform daily.

It's easy to answer the question if you have experience, but what if you don't? Mention your soft skills like communication ability, social skills, or anything that is seen as a strength in a retail store.

Are you able to lift weights easily?

If you have to manage stocks in a Walgreens store, you will probably be asked if you have the strength to lift heavy objects.

Don't worry though, we're not talking about big weights. Just something that a healthy man or woman can easily deal with.

Are you a team player?

The manager wants to know if you are good at working with other people in a pharmacy setting. Simple answer:

How do you handle a misbehaving colleague?

What is your schedule preference? How many hours do you want to work?

You will be assigned a schedule and set hours when you're starting out. You don't have a lot of leverage at Walgreens compared to other jobs. There isn't as much flexibility. But you can state your preferences.

Depending on your performance while working at Walgreens, your manager might give you more hours. It all depends on your relationship with your manager, though.

Do you have transportation?

People without transportation are less likely to show up on time at work. Walgreens wants people with reliable transportation.

Whatever your answer, downplay the time it takes you to get to work.

Do you have ‌questions?

If you get offered a job, make sure you ask about your schedule and a copy of your contract. Ask for your job uniform too and when is the starting date.

It might take a few weeks for you to get started, don't worry.

What to wear to a Walgreens interview

Walgreens prefer candidates who dress business casual. That's true for both men and women. If you are interviewing for management or corporate positions, bring a suit.

Walgreens is more conservative than other retail stores. They're dealing with people's health, so that's understandable.

Walgreens interview process

You can apply online for a job or walk-in to any store and ask for an application. Sometimes you will be asked to apply through a computer in the store. They might also ask you to perform a little assessment test.

They might take a few weeks to get back to you. It's ok to call the hiring manager and ask about the status of your application. Don't do it too often though, you don't want to annoy them.

The interview itself is rather informal, but make sure you show up in business casual wear. They ask very similar questions to all candidates.

For management positions, there will be multiple interview rounds. Each position in a Walgreens store will be asked a few specific questions, but these are the minority.

How easy it is to get a job at Walgreens?

It depends on how well the economy is doing. When the economy is doing well, it becomes easier. When people are losing their jobs, it becomes harder.

Getting a job at Walgreens is not that hard, but it's not like getting a job at Subway. They are a bit more selective.

What skills do you need to work at Walgreens?

Since Walgreens is a retail pharmacy store, retail skills are the most important:

Does Walgreens provide uniforms?

They will provide you with a uniform depending on the position you have in the store. Cashiers, beauty consultants, salespeople, managers, and pharmacists all wear different uniforms.

How much money do people make at Walgreens?

Walgreens pays an average of $13, but it depends heavily on the position and it's updated early.

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