The medical cannabis industry is touted to reach a 66 billion dollar mark by 2025. The boom in the industry has come after several states in the country legalized medical cannabis.
People have started to realize the prowess of the herb in the treatment of several medical conditions. And with the growing interest of people in the herb, the industry is on an upward incline, making it one of the most popular employment havens in the country.
Are you planning to start a career in this industry?
Being a medical marijuana enthusiast myself, I can assure you that cannabis is the future of pharmaceuticals. Having a career in this industry could bear a lot of fruit.
But then how to get a job in this industry?
For any job, there is a screening process that often involves an interview. To stand out among other candidates, you need to be well prepared for any type of questions that might come your way.
I have compiled ten questions that you need to be ready with for your cannabis job interview. Let’s take a look.
#1. What are your goals?
This is one of the fundamental questions that you will come across in an interview. But that doesn’t mean you can take this for granted. Every business wants to hire employees who are goal-driven and have the zeal to work hard to achieve them. The question is subjective and there is no right answer or wrong answer. But you must be prepared beforehand. Your goals say a lot about you. The question not just brings out your motivation in front of your employers but will also help build a better image of your personality and say a lot about your working ethics.
#2. What do you know about the cannabis industry?
When you are looking for a job in this industry, it is essential that you have thorough knowledge about it. That is why it is all the more necessary that you prepare before coming to an interview. Always remember that stats matter. So make sure you know your numbers right. Any employer seeks people who are willing to work their socks off, and if you are not willing to read a little about the cannabis industry, then why will anyone hire you. Google has everything; just go through the necessary information of the industry and what are its future prospects.
#3. Do you comprehend the policies on cannabis?
Cannabis laws and regulations move in circles around cannabis. It is like a complicated beast that you need to tackle. Knowing the government policies regarding marijuana is paramount in becoming a successful employee. When you go prepared about it in the interview, it shows that you care and have a deep understanding of set policies.
#4. Do you understand how this business operates?
The cannabis industry is not as straightforward as other businesses might be. It can be a bit complicated for those who are aloof with the thicks and thins of the business. The employers prefer candidates who have paid due consideration to look at the structures of the business and its competitors. If there are any loopholes then you need to learn about them. Don’t drill yourself down to the core, but having a faint idea of the operation funnel always works as an added bonus.
#5. What are the benefits of having a medical marijuana card?
One of the biggest benefits of having a medical marijuana card is getting legal access to quality MMJ strains for your treatment. Not just this, medical cannabis users don’t have to pay state taxes and also get higher grow limits. You can procure and carry more and won’t get in trouble if are caught when traveling with cannabis within the state. When you are stepping into this industry, this is one of the first things that you can be asked. Your employer may just check your knowledge by asking this question. Cannabis laws vary in every state. Sometimes recreational cannabis is legal, most times it’s not. Learning more about these developments can be handy to get your basics right. In general, it’s a good idea to be aware of the cannabis culture in your state.
#6. How do you think your experience will help this company grow?
Every employer wants to hire a candidate that provides some value to their business. Your employer will want a candidate who comes with some experience in this industry or some other related skills that might benefit his business. If you have some previous experience with cannabis growing projects or management now is a good time to share what you learned. This might also give your employers to ask you technical details that prove how good you are at what you do.
#7. Why do you think you will be a good fit in the cannabis industry?
Interviews can be nerve-wracking. You have to present your best self in front of the interviewer. Your future employer assesses your personality through several questions, and this is one of them. They want to see if you are confident about your prowess and shortcomings. You don’t want to be blind-sided in the interview with questions like this. So, you should prepare for an answer well before in advance. If you are applying for a bud trimming job then make sure you know how to trim them right.
#8. What qualities make you better than the other candidates?
This is one of the most common questions that you will come across in interviews. An employer looks for competitiveness, dedication, and zeal to learn in a candidate. And this question helps them know that about you. Being agile and proactive can work towards your advantage. Wanting to learn more and asking the right questions is a very good sign. If prepared, you will be able to answer with confidence and may just end up impressing the interviewer.
#9. What do you think about cannabis?
When you are looking to make your career in the cannabis industry, you need to have a little knowledge about the field. Every employer would want to know your opinion towards the industry and cannabis in general. Your opinion and thought process regarding marijuana can help them make up his mind on whether you will be a good fit in the business. If you love cannabis, don’t be shy to let them learn that.
#10. What is the difference between recreational and medical cannabis?
It is a very general question that you must respond to in as witty way as possible. Anyone who is looking for a career in this industry must answer this. Every state has different laws and so recreational may or may not be legal in your state. You require a medical marijuana card to access medical cannabis while you don’t need any recommendation to get recreational cannabis. These are little details you must always get right.
The Bottom Line
Now get up. Put on a decent pair of clothes. Pair it with a classic tie and get ready for the interview. The cannabis industry is going to be one of the biggest in the near future. If you think you want to make it big in the industry, be confident and willing to travel that extra mile and get the cannabis job you are looking for. All the best!