Pharmacy School Interview Questions

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Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. What interests you outside of pharmacy and getting into pharmacy school?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Why did you choose the undergraduate school you went to, and if you could, would you do anything differently?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. What qualities do you have that you think are important for an effective leader to have?
  16. Do you prefer studying on your own or in a group?
  17. Do you memorize or apply?

Questions About Your Pharmacy School Goals

  1. Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
  2. When did you decide pharmacy was a good career choice for you? 
  3. What steps have you taken to confirm that you want to be a pharmacist?
  4. What do you think being a pharmacist entails?
  5. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good pharmacist?
  6. What will you be doing in pharmacy 10 years from now?
  7. What did you do to prepare for the PCAT?
  8. How will you handle the stress of pharmacy school?
  9. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing pharmacy school?
  10. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in pharmacy school?
  11. Does your family support your decision to become a pharmacist?
  12. What did you like/dislike about pharmacies you have observed?
  13. What would you like to do if you are not accepted into pharmacy school?
  14. What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what a pharmacist does?
  15. How do you think your role as a pharmacist fits in with your role as a member of the community?
  16. Why did you choose pharmacy school instead of medicine, physical therapy, or social work?
  17. What aspects of your life experiences do you think makes you a good candidate for pharmacy school?
  18. If you are accepted into two pharmacy schools of your top choice, what would you do to make up your mind?

Questions About the Pharmacy School

  1. Why do you want to attend [Pharmacy School Name]? How are you a match for [Pharmacy School Name]?
  2. Describe your method of learning.  How does this fit with [Pharmacy School Name]?
  3. What schools did you apply to and why?
  4. What do you look for in a good pharmacy school?
  5. Why do you want to go to school here?
  6. Why should [Pharmacy School Name] choose you over other candidates?
  7. What do you know about [Pharmacy School Name] program?
  8. What can you contribute to [Pharmacy School Name]?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. What are some of the most important issues you see facing pharmacists currently and in the coming years? How will you deal with these?
  2. One day, a pharmacy school classmate gives you a sheet containing questions for an upcoming exam. How would you handle the situation and what issues would you consider important in coming to a decision about what to do?
  3. Name a situation where you had to make an ethical decision.  What did you do?
  4. Tell me a time when you witnessed dishonesty and what did you do?
  5. What are the responsibilities of a pharmacist to a customer?
  6. Describe a time when you worked with a difficult team member.  How did you resolve those issues?
  7. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a very difficult customer or co-worker?
  8. What is the last book you have read? Tell me about it.
  9. Define Professionalism.
  10. Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks. 
  11. Explain how understanding diversity is important as a pharmacist.