Curriculum Vitae and Interviewing Tips

Tips and Tools Regarding Interview and Curriculum Vitae Preparation

Curriculum Vitae:
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a living document outlining your academic/professional achievements and experiences. A CV is typically required when applying for professional positions, residencies, fellowships, honors and awards, or further educational opportunities (i.e., summer internships). A CV differs from a resume because a resume is only a one- to two-page summary of your education and work experience; it is less commonly used in the pharmacy profession. A CV provides a more detailed summary of your academic and professional experiences.

  • Start your CV in your first year of pharmacy school.
  • Update your CV regularly (quarterly or biannually).
  • Keep a portfolio with all projects and papers you have completed to reference when writing your CV.
  • Keep all handouts from professional meetings or professional lectures to help jog your memory when you need to update your CV.
  • Use active verbs when describing experiences.
  • Use consistent formatting and font.
    • Font size should be 10–14.
    • Font type should be easy to read such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Use white, off-white, or light ivory paper with a bond weight of 20 or 24 pounds.
  • Use quality black ink when printing (laser printer).
  • Always convert a CV to a PDF file before sending by e-mail.

ACCP Online CV Review Service
Each fall ACCP offers an online CV review service. This is an opportunity for you to have your CV reviewed by an experienced clinical pharmacist outside your own institution. For more information on this program or to download a presentation on Curriculum Vitae writing click here.

Web sites with helpful tips on CV writing:

Interviews:

  • Review your resume and curriculum vitae (CV) before the interview and be prepared to answer questions regarding your education, professional experiences, and accomplishments.
  • Practice with a friend or mentor before the interview.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
    For a list of sample questions click here.
  • Research the company or institutions to which you are applying before the interview.
  • Dress professionally:
    • Women: Dark-colored suit, no low-cut blouses; if applicable, skirts below the knee
    • Men: Dark-colored suit, white dress shirt, dark solid or minimally designed tie, belt, and polished shoes
  • Arrive 10–15 minutes early.
  • Always bring a copy of your CV and a list of references.
  • Bring a copy of presentations and papers listed in your CV.
  • Make eye contact, smile, and act in a courteous manner.
  • Be mindful of nonverbal gestures (e.g., tapping of foot or pen, playing with hair, excessive talking with hands).
  • Use good listening skills (ask for clarification if you are not sure what is being asked of you).
  • Leave your cell phone at home or turn it off during the interview.
  • After the interview, write a thank you letter within 2–3 days—no later than 1 week.

Web sites with helpful tips on interviewing: