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  • Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Pocatello
Individual Feedback 1 14 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 13
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.62 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.58 12

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 12

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 1
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 4
50 minutes 1
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 2

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 9
At a regional location 4
At another location 1

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 5
In a group 8

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 9
Closed file 4

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.57 14

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"In one of your past experiences, what did you do when one of your group members was slacking?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ISU pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"first of all, we had personal interviews with two faculty members that went for 30-40 mins. then we had a group interview with several other candidates as other students from the program watched. we had a few questions each and then we did a group discussion about a moral/ethical situation where there was no right or wrong answer, necessarily. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why ISU? What would you do if you don't get in? What other schools you applied to? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what makes you stand out compared to the other three applicants we are interviewing today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why ISU? Did you apply to any other programs? " More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions listed above." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"You work retail, an elderly customer calls because she is missing her meds. You know that her grandson picked them up last night because. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the best and worst parts about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The normal questions" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What does being a professional mean?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your least favorite subject?" More from this Member | Report Response

"we mainly spent the time talking about nonsense like how hard it is to get hospital experience at times. make sure you know what you can bring up as a bullshit topic so that you can "connect" with them and just have a nice talk. run with it and try and keep it going. the other professor finally had to stop the other faculty member and myself in the discussion so that she could get a few of the "standard questions" in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your patient who is a medical doctor is addicted to the specific medication?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When have you clashed with a co-worker and how didi you resolve that situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss a time when you had a setback or failure and how you dealt with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ISU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you caught a student with a test that everyone has not taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You got to know all the fields of pharmacy out there!!" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What does responsibility mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most undergrad credit hours taken at one time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"be sure to be active in the group discussion but also make sure that you include everyone and never put any idea down even if it is the dumbest thing you have ever heard in your life. if you can come off as the mediator of the discussion, mind you not in a forceful way, it usually goes well for you. that's what i did. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the time is just chatting. It is most like a conversation with my close friends." More from this Member | Report Response

"When have morals come in to play when working in the pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you prefer working individually or in a group? Also, what do you do in a group situation when a member isn't pulling his or her weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you are an out of state resident why do you think we should choose you for one of the 10 spots?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do with your buisness once you are in pharmacy school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if one a your group members is not contributing/slacking off and making you do most of the work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you prefer to work alone, in small groups or in large groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should they pick you over any other person!!" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do if a person with a previous drug history came to you and asked how to pass a drug test?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on working through graduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was at a different school interview...what does it mean to be a professional" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you like to stay in the U.S or go back to your country after completing Pharm.D program? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient comes up to and says they want to commit suicide, what would be your actions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other career options have you considered or are still considering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You catch one of your good friends cheating on the test - what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You were working in a pharmacy and there was a job opening for a teller. Your friend who uses drugs for recreational purposes asks you to recommend him for the job opening. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewing professor asked/invited me to go rock climbing with her." More from this Member | Report Response

"They only asked me two questions. Why Pharmacy and Why ISU. The rest of the time we just chit-chatted." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you become interested in becoming a pharmacist before you were a technician or when you became a technician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite class? Your least favorite class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other hobbies do u take part in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very "interesting". Just standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you look most forward to when you're a pharmacist? The least?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. If any it was from my resume. Anticipate any weaknesses that might be brought up for questioning from your resume. My interviewer noticed the details." More from this Member | Report Response

"what makes you qualified for this program? saying your grades or compassion is bullshit. everyone interviewing usually has good grades and compassion...come on...i would shred your application right then and there if you say shit like that. come up with something interesting...i want to advance the field of pharmacy because there are still some many opportunities and niches in pharmacy that could use development...and this would eventually help grow the world of pharmacy.. if you say this have and example or they will nail your ass faster than you can imagine...MTM for instance is a great. and as nice as my faculty interviewers were, there are also the other kinds. asking like "why do you belong here, why should we give you a chance, there are others so many others with better grades that we shouldn't waste our time"" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your best friend tells you they're cheating. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you caught your best friend cheating on an exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do if one of your group members if refusing to help with the project and the professor says its your problem that you have to do deal with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You don't have much experience...Are you absolutely sure you want to pursue pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"no difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a retail pharmacist living in Oregon (euthenasia), a long-time patient with cancer presents you a prescription for a lethal dose of Morphine. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we pick you over any other student applying to ISU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ISU" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a doctor sends in a prescription and you do not think the patient should take it; and, even after a call to the doctor, the doctor will not change it, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"there are several general question lists on the internet and i looked those over. many questions may seem ridiculous but do them anyway. if they never come up..ok..but they will still help you get your thoughts in order for other shit that may come your way. practice saying it to others, but don't memorize your answers otherwise they will sound rehearsed and certainly not genuine " More from this Member | Report Response

"Surf ISU website, student doctor network" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read articles, searched common interview questions, talked with pharmacists I work with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on current pharmacy issues, and looked at others' interview feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, friends already attending the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked with other pharmacists and this site." More from this Member | Report Response

"Review SDN, speak with pharmacists and pharmacy students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading feedback at ISU, talking to friends." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, friends & pharmacist" More from this Member | Report Response

"This web site. My husband is great with interviews and thought up all the questions he thought I'd encounter. I recommend a mock interview." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"No cut-throat competition" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pharmacy building is in great, easy location to find. ISU pharmacy faculty and students were very friendly and courteous." More from this Member | Report Response

"All my interviewers and students that I met are very nice and cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed atmosphere. Both interviewers seems enthusiastic about topics realating to the future of the pharmacy profession and the opportunities the field has to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers seemed personable and nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The pharmacy building was right in the middle of campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very laid back, but professional atmosphere. Very friendly. The interview with the professors was more a conversation then a "specific" question interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"students and faculty work/play together and there's a great feeling of teamwork and friendliness in the program." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked the teachers I spoke with and the small town atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"The student interview was laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"The current pharmacy students were very friendly and laid-back. They seemed like one big family." More from this Member | Report Response

"the cost effectiveness of attending this school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers definitely took the time to review my application. I could tell they did not just walk in and wing it. Also, they accepted me three weeks later into the program. They are quite prompt." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Meridian Campus lacked research labs...." More from this Member | Report Response

"There are a ton of one way streets by ISU. It was very confusing and different. The city architect planner totally failed!" More from this Member | Report Response

"most of the day was spent waiting around for the next thing to happen. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold weather and water!!! I think their water has too much calcium deposit in it. :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pocatello interview involved alot of waiting around" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview started late, and one of my two interviewers left about 1/3 of the way through the interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They basically told me I had no chance because I was an out of state resident, there was no tour of the pharmacy building, the group interview in which I had no chance to talk, the question and answer with the current students was them just drilling us on more interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"VERY LONG DAY. We started at 8:30 a.m. and didn't get done until 4:00 p.m. I spent 15 min going over transcripts, 45 min professor interview, and 1.5 hours in student/essay interview. The rest of the time your browsing the halls and talking to all your competition :) I wish they would say "be here at 8:30 to 11:30" then let us leave. Oh well, I got accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was cold and pocatello was really gloomy." More from this Member | Report Response

"A little chilly for March. I did not like how the interview was spread throughout the day. I wanted to get it done and go." More from this Member | Report Response

"An 8am-4pm interview schedule left many long breaks....." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pocatello looks like it could be a pretty boring town." More from this Member | Report Response

"The frozen sidewalks which almost cracked my skull" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no tour of the campus/building during the second on-campus interview." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Tuition is increasing by 10% each year" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are only a dozen or so slots for out of staters. ISU received over 400 applications for fall 2010, interviewed approx. 130 and accepted 70 total students. Therefore, in order to get accepted as an out of stater you need an over-the-top GPA including prereq. GPA along with strong recommendations, resume, and interview score." More from this Member | Report Response

"the structure of the interview process." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no real surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"They guarentee 50 spots to Idaho residents and so there are only 10 spots for out of state residents." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Utah residents can qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver if they apply to the school seperately." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish that I had known a little more of the school's history." More from this Member | Report Response

"Idaho is beautiful" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would say that I felt my application was very strong. The interviewers focused more on this than I imagined. I would have not gotten as "stressed out" if I'd known how relaxed the situation would be. It was more me asking them questions about the program rather than a standard interview." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Meridian campus has lots of opportunities to work and go to school at the same time" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are invited to an interview, prepare for a long day! Although the interview process is well organized and lasts only half a day, you can expect an open file interview, a student group interview, an ethical question group discussion while being observed by ISU pharm students & faculty admissions personnel, and lastly writing an essay about the ethical question posed to your group. It was a grueling process. I'm not sure if it was because this was only my second interview that I was so nervous or if it was the newness of what to expect for the interview, but I was way nervous throughout the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"interview with more than one school. find one that gives out early acceptance letters like the southern nevada (private) pharmacy school. that school is way to fucking expensive but do it anyway because going to the interview that really matters and being able to say that you have already been accepted elsewhere is a big bust. plus, that first interview is a good practice run for yourself. sounds like a lot of money for an extra interview but its certainly worth it. trust me. I got accepted into the program so i'm not blowing smoke up your ass." More from this Member | Report Response

"First I had an interview with two professors for 55 minutes. After that, I had a group interview with other applicants for 30 minutes. Then, we had 30 minutes a case-study discussion. Also, we got another one hour to write an eassy about our case study question. During discussion time, I felt a little bit nervous coz those pharm.D students were observing us. However, everything went very well. I got my accpetance letter after three weeks of my interview :) I am really going to the school since they have the resedency program that I want to practice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a good experience. But I wish I didn't have to spend all day in Pocatello for an interview that only lasted a few hours." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish Boise applicants got to do their faculty interviews at the same time as the Pocatello interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was tons of downtime. I kept leaving and coming back and it was a huge pain. I wish they would have just scheduled everything that was required right away in the morning and then the optional things if you wanted to stick around. The case study and group interview was not set up right. I never even got a chance to talk since I was the only girl and got over powered by the guys. I would have also brought my own dictionary if I would have known we were all going to be sharing one." More from this Member | Report Response

"Long day, but great experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a lot of hurry and then wait for a few hours. I had a interview with 2 faculty members and we just talked about football and rock climbing for 45 minutes. All they asked was why I wanted to be a pharmacist and what do I like to do in my spare time. After that we had an applicant group interview and 3 current students asked us questions. Then we had a group discussion and we individually wrote an essay on the ethical situation. All the applicants, students, and faculty were friendly and we all hung out and had fun during our breaks. It was a long day but very relaxed compared to other interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought it was good. They space your interview out throughout the day which makes for a long day. I was lucky and had some pretty laid back intructors interview me which made for a very relaxed environment. A good experience overall." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was a lot of hurry up and wait. We had three seperate meetings: one with the head of admissions to go over our coursework, one with two faculty members (the questions asked are above), and then a group interview with some of the current pharmacy students. We had a group activity/discussion and then wrote about the ethical issue we discussed." More from this Member | Report Response

"nice school, pointless tour, the intreview was from 8-4 so plan on being really bored. You will meet with 2 Faculty, then one more, and then with 2 students and finally you will have a group activety were you will have to write about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were fair and appreciated academics...especially that organic chemistry grade. My advice is to kick butt in chem, and your interview will go very well. It also helps to have a "unique" experience on your resume. Something like strong community service or pharmacy experience goes a long way. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 9
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 0
Other 2

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 5
Neutral 4
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.58 12

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 7
Out of state 5

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 1
2-3 hours 2
4-6 hours 5
7+ hours 4

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 2
Automobile 9
Train or subway 0
Other 1

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 3
$101-$200 3
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 3
$401-$500 1
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

$ 700

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 1
Hotel 9
Home 1
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western - Cottentree Inn

Campus Inn

Comfort Inn

Econo Lodge University

motel 6

University Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

Best Western - Cottentree Inn

Campus Inn

Comfort Inn

Econo Lodge University

motel 6

University Inn

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
8.11 9

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 12

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 12

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.17 6

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Prospective students appreciate when e-mails are responded to in a timely manner." More from this Member | Report Response

"get your stuff in early and think about having a professional editor look at your personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Applicant applying for Meridian campus should be able to do group interview in Pocatello right away" More from this Member | Report Response

"Consolidate interview process for Boise applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

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