Interviewing for Pharmacy
Pre-Pharmacy Club Meeting February 23, 2005
Kathie Peterson, M.S. Health Careers Center University of Minnesota
Great news! You’ve been invited for an interview!
What does this mean??
Why do pharmacy schools interview applicants?
Critical part of the admissions process
Face-to-face contact with applicants Learn about your understanding of and
commitment to the profession of pharmacy Assess your communication skills Evaluate your ability to interact well with others
Who gets selected to interview?
It’s good news to be selected!
Schools vary on selection policies Highly qualified applicants, based on
Looking for a match with their program
The Interview Day
Interviewing at the University of Minnesota: Half-day experience: Welcome from the dean Interview (approx 40 minutes) Writing exercise (30 minutes) Student panel Tour
When do interviews occur?
U of M has 4 interview days Interview dates randomly assigned
Who will the interviewer be?
Member of the pharmacy faculty
Typically about 40 minutes Individualized questions
Standardized set of questions reflecting
admissions criteria Questions based on your application materials
What will the interviewer know about me?
List of schools attended (degree, major, etc.) List of post-secondary experiences Your goal statement
What they do not have: Your transcripts or GPA PCAT score Supplemental essays Letters of recommendation
Preparing for the Interview
Thoroughly review your application Review institutional information on the web
(e.g. U of M curricular emphasis on pharmaceutical care) Familiarize yourself with interview protocol and strategies Practice responses to likely questions Scope out a route to interview – know where you’re going and how you’ll get there and park!
The Interview Day
Arrive on time. Early is good! Dress up – business casual Pay close attention to information given Interact with others during the day Relax and be yourself Be confident, but not overly so Check in admissions office to be sure application is complete Update file if necessary
General questions – to help you relax and to
get to know you Specific questions – related to application materials Give examples of…… Will they be personal? (Probably) Think about what is important for admissions committee to know about you! Some sample questions
Be honest and genuine
Interject information as appropriate Give examples
Be ready to discuss important issues in
pharmacy Share strong feelings as appropriate, but don’t try to convince or sway Take time to reflect as necessary
Questions based on information on the
website Feel free to question professional students about their experiences (outside the interview) What is important to you in making your decision about a school to attend? Don’t ask about the interview/application process
What Happens Next?
Send thank you note to interviewer
Interview report is written and placed in your
file Admissions committee meets to review your entire file You will receive a letter of admission, rejection, or placement on wait list (notification early – mid April
But what if…..
Interview was “too short”
Interviewer did all the talking You were asked an inappropriate question
You didn’t relate well to interviewer
You just had a really bad day and didn’t
Check with your college career center for
interviewing tips and practice interviewing experience
Hear what pharmacy applicants have to say
about their interview experiences at: www.studentdoctor.net/interview/pharm