Implementing interactive hiring activity in pharmacy management education

Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2022 Feb;14(2):208-214. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2021.11.010. Epub 2021 Dec 27.


Background and purpose: A major element of management is the process of hiring employees. The purpose of this brief is to describe the implementation of a human resources learning activity asking students to choose an employee to hire, describe student responses, and explore student perspectives of the activity.

Educational activity and setting: An interactive hiring activity was presented to third-year students (n = 386) at two different institutions, with varied classroom settings. Students were provided with candidates' curricula vitae and then completed a student-led interview using scripted questions presented in a PowerPoint format. The activity asked students to hire one candidate from five qualified candidates of varying backgrounds and traits. A Qualtrics survey collected students' individual hiring choice, hiring rationale, participant demographic information, and activity perceptions. Demographics and candidate choice were assessed using descriptive analysis. Open-ended answers were analyzed for frequency of terms, followed by a latent class analysis.

Findings: Over 90% of students (n = 386) completed the post-activity survey. Demographic data between student cohorts varied, with only student age similar. Hired candidates differed by institution with one college expressing preference for a specific candidate and the other demonstrating a greater diversity of candidate preferences. Influencing factors on student choice were numerous. Overall, students reported a favorable experience with the activity.

Summary: This management hiring activity allowed students to engage in the practice-ready skills of hiring pharmacy technicians in an interactive classroom activity. This activity allowed the educators involved to develop hypotheses about student preferences in hiring for future study.

Keywords: Entrustable professional activities; Management; Pharmacy education.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Personnel Selection
  • Pharmacy*