Working in the weed industry is exciting because it’s right in the middle of forming itself. If you want to find a way in, a budtending position is an excellent place to start. Because everything is so new, getting hired is going to be a little untraditional. There’s a few things you should know before you show up to your first interview, so here’s a list of our Top 10 tips to Interviewing for a Budtender Job.
1. Casual, but not that Casual
It’s true that most cannabis dispensaries are going to have a more relaxed atmosphere overall, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to conduct yourself like a professional, and that starts with the interview. If you’re making a first impression in a job interview, try not to make while wearing a tie-dye Allman Brothers t-shirt and your favorite and whatever hiking shoes you have lying around. No graphic tees of any kind, fellas.
Show your potential employer that you can go one step above, and they’ll feel confident that you can handle the more casual role of budtender.
2. No Experience? Don’t Worry About It
The marijuana industry is relatively brand new in its current form. There are lots of people getting into the industry for the first time, and it’s not like you’ve been able to accumulate (legal) experience selling weed up until now. Do your best to emphasize the skills you’ve gained in other jobs and how that will convert to the new position in cannabis. Any customer service experience you have is going to be a plus, and from there you just have to learn basic compliance laws and product knowledge when interviewing for a budtender position.
3. Avoid Discussion of the Black Market
We all know where we came from. If you were smoking weed before Colorado and Washington went legal, there’s a good chance that you were doing it illegally. The person interviewing you knows that, too, but that doesn’t mean they need to know all the details of your black market days. They definitely don’t want to know if you have pre-legalization experience with the sale of marijuana, so don’t bring it up.
4. Put on Your Customer Service Face
While you want to be yourself, make sure you’re giving the interviewer a little preview of what your customers are going to see after you’re hired. Smile, ask straightforward questions, and listen closely to make sure your answers hit the mark.
5. Know the Product
It’s not a bad idea to be familiar with the dispensary you’re applying and the products that they carry. Outside of being able to make a good impression in your visits, you’re also learning about the cannabis products they carry and how other customers may be reacting to the inventory. Have something to say about the store before you walk into your budtender interview. It always looks good to show that you’ve done your research.
6. Bring Your Marijuana Badge
If you live in a state that requires some kind of permit or license to work within the marijuana industry, you will definitely want to bring that to your interview. It may be difficult to get an interview in the first place if you don’t have the necessary certification. And when it comes to the interview itself, there’s a good chance that the hiring manager will have to take you into the backend of the store, somewhere you won’t be allowed without your marijuana badge.
7. Have a Plan
People interviewing budtenders know that this is one of the few ways to make your way into a cannabis business, and they’re aware that most people don’t want to be budtending forever. Have an idea of what your best role within the industry could be. You want to prove that you’re a capable and enthusiastic budtender, but also that you have ambition.
8. Avoid the Politics
Weed is something people argue over all the time. Just because you’re interviewing for a job at a marijuana dispensary does not mean that everyone will agree with your stance on things, especially our president, and how he may handle the cannabis in the future. Just leave it alone.
9. Don’t Go High!
This may seem like a given to most people, thankfully, but you would be shocked. The relaxed atmosphere of a marijuana dispensary does not mean it’s a good idea to show up to your interview intoxicated. I know we all think we’re cute because we can and will do everything while stoned, but this just isn’t the time for it. Being blurry-eyed and giggly during a job interview is probably not the best way to make a lasting, positive impression on a potential employer.
10. Don’t Ask About Samples and Discounts
If you’ve never worked at a dispensary before, the answer to your questions is yes, you will most likely be given and employee discount on the store’s products. And, yes, you will likely be given samples from time to time as different vendors come through the shop. But, no, it’s not appropriate to bring this up during the interview. The interview is about proving that you can and want to work at this dispensary, not that you want cheap weed. How generous of a discount you get will be figured out after you’re hired.