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Internal Interviewing at Walgreens

Do you have an interview coming up at Walgreens for a different position? Curious about our internal interview process and how to best be prepared? We’ve curated some resources below to help you put your best foot forward.

  • To make sure a recruiter can see that you currently work for Walgreens, you’ll need to make sure you apply as an internal team member. You can do this by clicking “Apply” on your desired role and signing into the application system using your authenticator ID.
  • Even though you’re an internal candidate, it’s important to upload an actual resume to your online application. Recruiters want to see your skill sets, how you explain your career journey and what skills you currently possess.
  • Your internal resume does not need to be different than your external resume, our recruiters say you can use the same one!

One of the best ways to develop your skills is to gain cross-functional experience, or by working in a variety of positions and learning all areas of your business. You’ll have a better understanding of processes from start to finish, as well as can see where issues may arise or prevent efficiency. Additionally, you’ll learn what skills are best applicable to which areas of the business and be able to learn along the way.

One way to gain cross-functional experience is to job shadow another team member in a different area of the business. Job shadows can give you a sneak peek into a role that you may be interested in – or even give you more clarity about a position. Speak with your manager about job shadow opportunities and how to leverage in your position.

Lateral job movement is another way to gain cross-functional experience. Let’s use the example of an individual contributor team member interested in moving into a management position. Their current manager tells them they need to develop some additional skills before they are ready for management. A job opportunity becomes available – but it’s the same level that the individual contributor is currently at, however it’s in a different area of the team. This is called a lateral job move, and it’s another way to gain skills to round out your skills toolbelt to get you ready for the next step in your career. By learning a different area of the business, you’ll be better positioned to manage through that gained knowledge in the future.

Walgreens uses a behavioral based interview technique for most roles within the company. Behavior based interviews are when a question is asked on how you have handled an experience in the past and require you to think of a time, walk the recruiter through the situation, and discuss how you handled the situation. You can use the STAR method to help work through your answer; Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Essentially a behavior-based interview is used to learn about past experience to determine future performance. More in-depth information on behavior based interviews and how to prepare can be found here.

Some additional ways to prepare for your internal interview are:

  • Read the job description to understand the role, the business area it supports and the skills required to do the position.
  • If possible, speak with the hiring manager/recruiter to learn more about what the hiring manager is looking for – is there a specific project this role will work on?
  • Identify transferrable skills – if you see required skills that you’re unsure you possess, think about your skills in your current or past positions that may be transferrable to this role – these are likely to be soft skills.
  • Be ready to talk about your achievements and accomplishments!
  • Even if you’re familiar with the job or hiring manager, make sure to have a few questions prepared to ask the hiring manager and recruiter.
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