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"Definitely increase the time for the classic interview. There wasn't nearly enough time to answer all the questions thoroughly, let alone time to ask questions. Also, although there are a lot of students interviewing per day, the blocked group schedule definitely puts students who interview later in the day at a disadvantage because you are mentally fatigued from all the Q&A sessions."
"Have a clock/timer displayed when taking the writing portion of the interview."
"Include a campus tour and a bathroom break in between the interview and the essay."
"To extend the deadline for the deposit."
"Longer interview time. School or campus tour would have been nice."
"Have a tour of the school after the interview sessions."
"Include 1) a break between the interview and essay for restroom, and 2) include a tour"
"I really like the way USC welcomed us! Very warmly and friendly!"
"Name one of your role models."
"Talk about some leadership positions you've had in the past and what activities you were involved in."
"Tell me what you know about MTM"
"Why did you decided to pursue pharmacy?"
"Tell me about UH (University Hospital)."
"If there were 10 students and only 1 seat left, why should we choose you?"
"Why are you interested in pharmacy?"
"Why pharmacy and what school did you go to?"
"They asked me about the pharmacy experience (clinical vs. retail) that I mentioned in my personal statement"
"What is a problem in pharmacy today?"
"What is a problem for pharmacy today?"
"Why do you choose USC?"
"What have you contributed in the field of pharmacy?"
"Tell me about yourself (and after three seconds about telling them where went for undergrad and my major the guy cuts me off and asks me question 2)."
"Why Pharmacy? Why USC?"
"tell me about yourself."
"Is a science-based question unfair? "
"What is the differece between a boss and a leader? Does a pharmacist need to be a boss or a leader? (not sure the point to that question)"
"Though there were many more than 3 questions...Why pharmacy?"
"Why not medicine? (you should definitely have a response for this question)"
"why pharm, why usc, tell me about yourself. (This was literally one question which I answered 2/3 of it part and he just cut me off and asked another question)."
"Tell us about yourself?"
"What have you done to show leadership ability (EC's, leadership roles, etc)?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"Tell me a challenge regarding the future of pharmacy."
"Tell me about yourself"
"prepare to answer anything you put in the essay you sent through email."
"Tell me about your research experience?"
"What has your volunteer experience taught you about the pros/cons of the profession?"
"Where are you from?"
"why pharmacy? what differentiates you from the the rest?"
"why pharmacy? pharmacy experiences?"
"What are some challenges or problems you see in pharmacy?"
"Why not doctor?"
"Why do you want to become a pharmacist?"
"Talk about your research."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why pharmacy? What are you going to do if you don't get in this year? What leadership positions have you held?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"So, why pharmacy?"
"Tell me about yourself and why you want to become a pharmacist."
"what extra curriculars were you involved with?"
"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?"
"Why pharmacy? Any leadership positions? What extracurricular activities did you participate in?"
"Tell us about yourself.. where are you from?"
"...tell us about yourself and why did you choose pharmacy?"
"What made you consider getting into Pharmacy? Any leadership skills?"
"Why pharmacy? Why USC? Why should we pick you?"
"why pharmacy, why this school"
"What leadership skills do you have?"
"This is a closed-file interview so tell us who you are."
"Why did you want to go into pharmacy instead of other health care profession? What aspects of pharmacy that you like and that you dont like or what would you like changed in the pharmacy field within a couple years from now? Tell me about your work experience? (especially if you work in a pharmacy, they totally wanna know about that). What do you think of pharmacists in your local store? How about academically? What school you go to and major? What are your club involvement? Have you done research? "
"Why USC as opposed to the other schools in California?"
"How would a USC education prepare you for becoming a phramacist?"
"What problems do you see in pharmacy?"
"Why pharmacy/ tell me a little bit about yourself."
"What are the negative sides of pharmacy?"
"Why pharmacy (of course) and what is the best thing and worst thing about it?"
"What do you think is the most negative aspect about pharmacy?"
"what do you do outside of school/academics?"
"Questions pertained to my work experience and family, so maybe not relevant to others."
"Is this your first time at USC campus?"
"What challenges did you face?"
"Why pharmacy? Why USC? "
"why do you want to be a pharmacist"
"Name an important experience in your life."
"what kind of changes can you bring to pharmacy?"
"Based on what I said in my essay, why do you want to specialize in cancer research or oncology and what experiences had you had related to this?"
"What do you plan to do in pharmacy?"
"If you didn't get to work in your field of choice, what would you do?"
"Why did you decide to study abroad"
"Why not work in a restaurant? (I talked about my restaurant experience)"
"How was the drive in the rain?"
"Tell me a case of an imperfect coworker?"
"Tell me about your trip to Latin America."
"What were the names of the pharmacists you worked with?"
"Have you ever talked to a pharmacist? (I had no pharmacy background)."
"How would you choose between USC and UCSF?"
"Will I work to live or live to work?"
"They asked what I thought about automation in retail pharmacy how it can affect the future of pharmacy"
"What is a problem in pharmacy today?"
"Are you rooting for Manny Pacquiao? (Referring to tonight's fight b/w Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito)"
"Describe a typical day as a pharmacy technician"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?"
"Have you heard of homeopathy?"
"What are the negative or positive aspects about pharmacy?"
"What do you think will be challenges in the future of pharmacy."
"What's the most exciting thing you saw a pharmacist do?"
"What is the negative aspect about retail pharmacy"
"What field of pharmacy do you want to go into?"
"hmm...nothing really, but the answers they gave to my questions are pretty interesting. "
"What pharmacy experiences have you had?"
"What can you bring to the field of Pharmacy?"
"Of all the volunteering experiences you've had, where have you contributed the most and how."
"Do you live around here? (i think it was just to start off the interview and as an ice breaker)"
"The questions were the usual ones that you would expect such as: Why Pharmacy? Why USC? Tell us about yourself...BUT a lot depends on your answer to these questions so be very careful what you say. The first one is usually ''Tell us about yourself'' and I suggest you choose your answer carefully on this one since it pretty much sets how the rest of your interview goes. They build on your answer to this question and ask more questions based on the information you gave them. If they give you a hard question, don't look at it as if they are trying to give you a hard time. They just want to know YOU and how much you know about the field of pharmacy as well as USC. Remember that you are competing against the best of the best and so you must up your game at this school. You have to show them that you are passionate about your chosen field and that you know for sure what you're getting yourself into. Good luck and remember to breathe....:) "
"What is the difference btwn a boss and a leader?"
"Why should we choose you?"
"What's your favorite chemical reaction? (cause I tutor for organic chemistry) "
"None were really interesting"
"How are you going to pay for pharmacy school?"
"What area other than retail would you like to pursue?"
"What is some thing negative about pharmacy?"
"What are the positive aspects of pharmacy? Followup same w/negative?"
"totally tripped me when they told me what was the name of the pharmacists that I volunteered with, 1 year ago. "
"why not med school"
"nothing really, it was the usual stuff on sdn"
"nothing too interesting, just normal questions"
"Nothing really interesting. "
"Nothing really, just the basic questions."
"All questions were expected."
"nothing special.. it was just simple, basic questions.. "
"What is the most recent and controversial drug that came out in the market this year?"
"What is the one thing about you that you want us to tell our admission committee."
"What skills have you learned through your research?"
"As a teaching assistant, what do you do when a student asks you a question you don't know? I do not do any research, yet he asked me these questions: What are some methods you can use to determine protein structure? How do changes in DNA affect the cell? "
"Nothing interseting. I got someone who asked very basic questions: why did you chose pharm school? Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your e.c.'s. Challenges in the present and future? etc. How do you plan to deal with these challenges. Do you speak spanish (I said I was working in a spanish speaking enviormen in my esssay) They make you submit a 300 word essay for the interview and thats all the info the interviewer has on you. I told them I knew a lot about SC after working for an alumnus so they asked me what I knew about the school. ANd they asked me what other schools I have applied to. And "tell us what you want us to remember you by." Beaucse I made many specific referances to my work exp. (i.e. diabetic care) they asked if I knew what area of pahramcy I wanted to go into? "
"So...you decided to pursue pharmacy based on conversations with one person??"
"what kind of food do cambodian-chinese people prepare? the interviewer didn't know cambodian-chinese people, like myself, existed. it's cool tho bc it was a good ice breaker."
"what does pharmacy give back to you?"
"What I thought about non-profit seeking drug production."
"What kind of activities do you participate in to alleviate stress?"
"Has there ever been a time when you have had to multitask?"
"What makes you stand out from all the other applicants?"
"What is one thing you want to tell us about yourself for us to remember you?"
"What do you think the future of pharmacy is?"
"All the questions were pretty basic."
"Where do you sit in class?"
"Why does pharmacy have many opportunities for growth?"
"All the questions were very general."
"The professor that interviewed me asked me a question regarding something pertaining to computers. I think it was to see how well I would react to something i wasn't expecting."
"Nothing. My interviewers did not have a sense of humor."
"Nothing interesting. Just basic questions read off a list. Why pharmacy? What have you contributed to your institution?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"Hmm most were pretty basic."
"what are you looking for in a pharmD program?"
"How does it fell to lose to USC 4 years in a row? (I went to UCLA)"
"What is the negative aspect of pharmacy?"
"Why do you want to change careers? (I've been a scientist for past 4 years)"
"None of the questions were all that "interesting" - pretty much the questions listed on this site are what were asked."
""you said you like microbio; tell me what you'd like to do with microbio and pharmacy"...what the feezy? oh hell no! but it's aight...i aint no chump!!! i answered it, some what..."
"If I gave you YOUR DEGREE right now, the minute you walk out of this interview, what would you do with it?"
"What are some challenges you foresee in the pharmacy profession and what solutions can you provide?"
"your friend accidentally got the answers from the upcomming test and tells you to come over to see them. What would you do?"
"What are some negative aspects of Pharmacy? How are pharmacists becoming the physicans of the future?"
"basic questions but one nice thing to me is that they didnt start with "tell me about yourself" and just let you babble on n on..."
"The questions asked were very general. Because it's a closed file interview, the interviewers ask basic questions to get to know you."
"What is one of your failures?"
"Compare your pharmacy experience, what was negative about it?"
"What is your GPA?"
"Where did you go to high school?"
"What's a positive and negative thing about pharmacy profession?"
"What is one negative side to pharmacy?"
"Nothing really spectacular. Very conversational. One falculty and one student. Very relaxed. They always want to know why pharmacy. Other questions include research experience, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, pharm experiences, etc. "
"All the questions were general and I did all the talking"
"How do you release stress (I just talked about my music and comm. svc.?"
"Nothing really interesting. They just wanted me to tell them about myself because they didn't know anything about me because they didn't look at my file."
"where do you see the profession headed in the long term?"
"Have you ever rode on a horse? "
"What one quality observed in a pharmacist you knew motivated you to want to be a pharmacist?"
"Nothing interesting, just run of the mill...why pharmacy, tell me about your experience, etc."
"Nothing interesting or unexpected."
"What do you view as the role of pharmacists between doctors and insurance companies?"
"Where do you think the future of pharmacy is headed?"
"Nothing was asked that was really interesting. The questions were all standard stuff."
"do you have any leadership experiences"
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