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"They should mention that the school tours do not necessarily have to begin at their designated time of noon. After my interview, the pharmacy students there took the interviewees on a tour well before some of their interviews and before noon. I guess to be clear with that."
"Let us know about our interviews a few weeks in advance! I got my invitation pretty much seven days before I had my interview."
"I found it difficult because I had to wait for 3 hours from my orientation until my interview which got kind of annoying."
"Give interviews on weekends or school holidays!"
"There should have been some kind of tour and financial aid sessions. It seemed like they werent trying to impress or recruit us. They should put some effort into selling us on their school like we are trying to sell ourselves to them!"
"There was sadly not a lot of information on the school itself; you have to know what to ask."
"Most of the questions are very general. Why pharmacy?"
"Tell me about yourself? Why pharmacy? Why Washington and not schools in your home town?"
"Why UW/Seattle? Why pharmacy?"
"How do you want us to remember you?"
"What was the last book that I read."
"What if a doctor prescribed a really strong dosage to a patient? What would you do?"
"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?"
"Talk about challenges you have overcome"
"Most questions were based on my application. Mostly what would you do or ethical questions"
"Have you ever had problems working with a group or manager? Talk about one of those times."
"What was the best advice anyone's ever given to you?"
"I mentioned in my supp app that it takes "strong conviction" to be a pharmacist and have patient-centered care and Micki gave me this situation: A mother comes in with her child on a friday night when the pharmacy is closing. She hands you a prescription for a medication with a toxic dosage. The child was diagnosed with having severe seizures and needs this medication. You call the doctor and he firmly stands by his script. What do you do?"
"Tell us something in the news lately that is related to Pharmacy?
Where there any difficult situations you where put into that you as the leader were able to resolve? How did you resolve them?
We have interviewed over 100 students, what do you want us to remember about you?"
"What types of recycling programs are involved with pharmacy? "
"why pharmacy? why not nursing? why not research?"
"What do you feel attracted you to UW/Seattle?"
"What would you do if a lady walked in and had her presciption filled and it rang up to $105.00 and she told you that she did not have any Money? This was on a Friday night, she needed the medication for the weekend, and all free resources were closed. "
"What would you do if a patient arrives 10minutes before closing and the computers are shut-off? And what if the medication is out-of-stock?"
"What would you do if a patient came to pick their medication 10minutes before closing time and the computers are already shut off? What if you are out-of-stock of the medication that the patient want?"
"First question was what do I do under pressure/stress-how do I handle it? "
"What was the last book that you read?"
"What would you do to increase revenue for your pharmacy? "
"Can you talk about a current health issue that you've read or watched on TV? What are things to consider when receiving an order over the telephone and before you dispense the medication to a patient?"
"Talk about some currrent healthcare issues."
"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
"What are some of the positive and negative experiences that you had as an undergrad that shaped who you are?"
"Why the career change -- Why pharmacy?"
"If I had to improve one thing about myself what would it be?
What kinds of questions should we be asking you? Are the questions that we are asking what you expected? You didn't do so well in this class, explain why and do you feel like you will be able to do better now?"
"Why are you interested in this school?"
"Pros and cons of pharmacy"
"Estimate what 'exactly' you will be working as in the field of pharmacy in 10 years. "
"What would I do if I gave out the wrong prescription?"
""It says you have been out of school since last June. What have you been doing since then?""
"What sparked your interest in pharmacy?"
"Tell us about yourself and how you became interested in pharmacy. They asked a lot about my personal experiences, but I recommend getting experience in a pharmacy because they asked a lot about that (ie. what do I think are downfalls of pharmacy, etc.)"
"what's your biggest accomplishment?"
"Questions about what you wrote in your statements"
"Why pharmacy? Why not nursing? What not medicine? How do you know for sure that pharmacy is what you want to do?"
"None, most were very basic"
"We talked about Big Bang Theory, Local Pharmacists asked me, Which character do you think you are most like?"
"Asked me about one of the electives I took. Probably to destress me haha."
"Questions that arise from my essays that i was surprised they asked about."
"What if you were put in a position where you were not the leader? (I had talked about my leadership style)"
"What would have been different had I grown up in Korea (I am Korean)"
"Situational question about pharmacists refusing to dispense Plan B."
"Can you tell me how to hold a ping pong racket? (I was captain of our team)"
"I noticed you failed Organic Chemistry & Physics (both of which i retook and passed with an A&B respectively), can you explain what happened?"
"Whats one thing you have done that has changed the outcome of something? "
"what's one thing you've learned in life that you think is important? not to do with pharmacy or school or anything in particular"
"What did you think of this interview?"
"--There were many personal questions that directly related to my application. The interviewers were 3 faculty/staff members who had read through my file prior to the interview itself."
"What is something someone has told you that has stuck with you to this day?"
"Do you use a clam tube or a clam shovel?"
"If a person came into your pharmacy with a certain disease and did not want to take an active role in taking care of their condition, such as not taking their medications, what would you say/do?"
"If you were a pharmacy manager, what would you do to increase sales?"
"How I thought I did on my pcat's?"
"Questions that pertained to my personal file (they look into detail at the essays you've written)."
"Nothing too interesting."
"How would I go about helping a patient who couldn't speak English as a pharmacist?"
"If a customer who was blatantly obese came to you and you know that it would be detrimental to their health if they don't lose weight, but they refuse to admit that their weight is a problem, what would you do?"
"If I'd ever been to Pompeii."
"What I think are challenges that pharmacist face today? How can pharmacist start doing a better job at educating patients? "
"what do you think a leader is?"
"Other than academics (i have low gpa), what would you like to most improve as a person?"
"What's your definition of "failure" as I have mentioned it in my personal essay"
"How I would contribute to their student body."
""If there was a distinction between in-vivo and in-vitro tests, what could be the cause of this discrepency?"- The interviewer was making a reference to my background (both research and education)."
"Since it has been over a month, I can only recall one. What is the thing that you want us to remember about you the most?"
"Why did you choose to practice martial arts?"
"What would you do if the pharmacist manager wanted you to stop spending time counseling patients and wanted you to focus more on dispensing medication?"
"What is the best criticism anyone has ever given you?"
"Tell us about a drug that you have learned about (I had mentioned that I had learned about a ton of new drugs during my experience in the pharmacy)."
""What is the Kendo?" I mentioned Kendo activity in my PharmCAS application."
"Almost all of the questions they asked me were from my supplemental application and on-site essay. "
"Alot of questions about myself that they got while reading through the personal statements, supp app, and on-site essay"
"If you could take 3 historical figures out to dinner, who would you pick and why?"
"I see that you work with computers a lot, how do you think computers would affect health care in the future?"
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