Being pretty far down the path of sharing my story of fighting cancer, I’ve been interviewed a few times. I’ve truly lost track of the number of times but interviews have ranged from small podcasts to national radio and television. There is without a doubt, varying degrees of professionalism. Some interviews are fantastic! The reporter is thoughtful, insightful, and well researched. But some interviews leave me thinking ‘never again!’ I’m sharing the top three rudest questions I’ve ever been asked during an interview.
1. “Are you allowed to see patients by yourself?”
I’m honestly not sure what the interviewer was trying to get at with this question. Am I allowed to see patients by myself? Like I need supervision? Of course I see patients by myself! I have a doctorate in pharmacy for heaven’s sake. I’ve over qualified. I definitely see patients independently like the grown-up pharmacists I am. Lol!
2. “Every single person here is struggling with something.”
I’ve honestly heard this statement a few times from various people but I always find it so insulting. It completely belittles anything that you are struggling with (small or large) and is basically saying don’t complain because you are no different from any other person. Each one of us is struggling – of course that is true. You need to share your struggles because others will be able to relate and learn from your story. You need to share because others are not strong enough to share themselves.
3. “Pharmacists are known for being removed from patients and in the back of a pharmacy behind a counter, how is your job different?”
I was so taken back when an interviewer said this to me. First of all – this image of a pharmacist being removed from patients is so archaic. Pharmacists are interacting with patients all the time and are less and less tied to a product and more tied to their trusted advice and knowledge. My response to this questions quickly went into defense where I began educating this reporter on the importance of pharmacists and completely neglected speaking about my specific job. Not the greatest interview question.
Those are my top rudest questions but honestly, I have had so many terrific interviews, it makes it easy to share my story with the world.