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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Madison
Individual Feedback 1 21 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 15
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.05 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.10 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.90 21

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 1
15 minutes 2
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 14
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 2
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 21
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 20
In a group 1

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 0
Closed file 20

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.81 21

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

"Use 3 adjectives to describe yourself and explain why." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy instead of any other health profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a current issue with the healthcare system and how do you think pharmacists could solve it in the future? This question basically tests how well you keep up with the news and how much you understand about the pharmacy profession." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are some of your attributes that would make you a good pharmacists?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define pharmacy and share how will you use that definition in your career as a Pharmacist" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do good? what do you do not so well?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your definition of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy and not medicine, nursing, or research?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How have you dealt with a situation where a student/coworker wasn't doing his/her job." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your unique role in pharmacy? " More from this Member | Report Response

"You talked about community pharmacy, are there othere areas of the field that you are interested in? What can you bring to the field as a professional?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a time when you faced a moral conflict. Talk about the steps you went through and what did you decide to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time in college or at your job where you've had a difficult time in a medical surrounding. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever faced a situation in which you had to do the right thing yet your actions were an unpopular decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is one word you never would want someone to use in order to describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 words that you can use to describe yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe one pharmacy-related experience that's drawn you to pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about the field of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your characteristics you could work on?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell ms something you're good at and something you're not so good at that needs improvement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see the field of pharmacy evolving?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your definition of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is an ethical situation you have faced? How did you resolve it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see pharmacy 10 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you think of a time when you had to make a positive ethical decision and what was the out come? Can you think of a time when a negative immoral act was done and what was the outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give a situation where you displayed integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a time when you applied knowledge learned in the classroom and applied it to your real life. How will this help you in Pharmacy School?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you've shown integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to show integrity and what was the outcome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation in which you had a task to complete but you had conflicting information/instructions from a supervisor(s). How did you handle yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What type of changes do you expect to see in pharmacy in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the one accomplishment that you're most proud of? How would you use the experience from that achievement to help you as a pharmacist in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why UW Madison?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you good at and what are you not so good at? They ask follow up questions like how will this help you be a successful pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UW-Madison?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name three words that describe you and why" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your unique role in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a moral conflict you faced and how did you resolve it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about youself and why have you choose pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give a situation where you applied something from the classroom into real life." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to apply what you have learned in the classroom to another area of your life. " More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any mistake or missed opportunity in the past that you could've benefited from had you not chosen to miss out on it? This question was kinda confusing to me at first, but all it really means is "Do you have anything you wish you could've done differently?" The follow up question for this was then: "Do you regret any of your past mistakes" or something along that line." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all pretty general" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your definition of pharmacy? How will that definition change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none.. they were all pretty basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your unique role in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you think of an ethical problem in the field of pharmacy and how should it be handled?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to go to UofM for undergrad instead of UW?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like sports?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Seeing your personal experience dealing with it, what is your opinion on the healthcare system? Do you think it is a fair system for everyone?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I didn't prepare ahead of time, it would've been: "Define pharmacy and how you will use this definition in your career as a pharmacist in the future."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"None they were pretty easy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your unique role in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were asked in a series as a structured form. One interviewer asked three questions and the other asked three with responses in between" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give a situation where you displayed integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"none of the questions were really difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever faced a situation in which you had to do the right thing yet your actions were an unpopular decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"studied questions from this site. also, read a few current issue articles about pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview itself was a conversation. It did not feel like an interview at all. So calm your anxieties and just be open. Don't forget to relate what you're saying to pharmacy though, that is the reason why we are there!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had a panic attack (j/k)...read a bunch of SDN interview feedbacks...practiced with family and friends...got some really good advice from a pharmacist...had a good time to reflect on all of my answers and a good breakfast + coffee the morning of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, friends, looked at interview websites, looked at the school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read practice questions online. I did not know about this website at the time of the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, questions i found on the internet, the school's website, doing mock interviews my my sister" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at SDN and other websites for sample questions and advice." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"SDN feedback, mock interviews, reviewing application essays, reviewing the program's information on their website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and read about the school on its website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reading the NY Times, other websites about possible questions on an interivew." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over questions on SDN and talked non-stop to my husband on the way there." More from this Member | Report Response

"I prepared a list of questions based on those other students listed on this site, and I researched the current pressing issues in pharmacy by talking with pharmacists, reading newspapers, journals and searching the web." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"staff, campus and facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The event was organized extremely well. The facility is very new and high tech. It is connected to the medical school and library through an indoor bridge. The faculty was beyond impressive in their research and speaking skills. Everyone was supremely nice and the Pharm D.program at Madison just seems like it is simply the best." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm impressed with how tight-knit of a community the whole pharmacy school really is. It felt almost as if everyone's a big part of an extended family to each other. The pharmacists who interviewed me were also very cordial and nice. The friendliness of everyone there has left me with a very positive impression of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the faculty and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the faculty, students and interviewers are very friendly. The interviewers are local pharmacists that volunteered their time to interview us. The admissions coordinator is extremely friendly and helpful, contact him if you have questions or need help." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions advisor is very quick and friendly. The campus is absolutely beautiful. The experience was extremely informative and provided a plethora of information" More from this Member | Report Response

"although the day was long, about 7:30-12, I learned so much about the school and curriculum...the students and professors were so helpful and enthusiastic about their school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The building was nice and the interviewers were super friendly. The were really interested in getting to know me. The admissions coordinator is the best! He gets back to you on time. The scheduled events went as planned. They don't surprise you with anything. They let you know exactly what you're going to be doing that day." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the interviewers and the desire to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The great facilities -- the best I've seen so far" More from this Member | Report Response

"The people were really laid back and the atmosphere was much more casual than I expected. The building is also brand new." More from this Member | Report Response

"The beautiful building, a lot of great refreshments" More from this Member | Report Response

"The pharmacy building was very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"How beautiful the facilites were." More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is beautiful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"NONE! This interview was completely pointless. I think they spent more time printing out the interview packets than actually having a quality interview with the applicants. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is absolutely pristine...and conveniently located just across the street from the hospital. Also Madison is an awesome city!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wisconsin has a beautiful new Pharmacy building." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hmmm...nothing really. It was cold, but it's not UW's fault." More from this Member | Report Response

"NOTHING" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold weather and no discounts on hotels" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing I had a very positive experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything kept running late, so we had to rush from place to place during the interview day... it made it more stressful than it needed to be" More from this Member | Report Response

"No interaction with faculty members. The interviews were closed-file and very formal/structured. The on-site writing sample was tedious, especially given the number of initial application essays." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that it was closed file was a little frustrating. I spent so many hours on the admission essays and I had to basically repeat them to the interviewer. Also, there was no tour, which would have been nice considering I traveled from out of state for this 1.5 hour total interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no one to give a campus tour. There were two local pharmacists giving the interview, rather than admissions staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"No interaction with faculty or overview of program. They didn't seem to take an interest in letting us know what they have to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process was pointless and the tour was a waste of time, especially for a school that prides itself on it's program and it's name. The interview was a complete waste of time. The school decided to interview everyone who applied, probably to eliminate applicants who did not want to travel to the interview. They only asked 2 questions, one was suppose to be ethical and one situational. The interviewers were not even staff members, they were pharmacist from around the state volunteering their time. It just seemed like the school didn't want to know ME, they didn't even ask anything relevent to who I was or why I would be a good or bad applicant to their program." More from this Member | Report Response

"One Way Streets" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not impressed by the fact that there were no faculty or students present to answer questions." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I should have had a big breakfast" More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought I packed enough for a cold weather. Boy, was I wrong...If I get in, I'm contemplating on making an outfit out of heat packs." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They provided all important information prior to the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"they give you basically any information you need for the interview and prepare you for your time there" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"How short and informal the interview was" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day did not provide much additional information about the program. Admission and scholarships applications are separate (5 admission essays + 4 scholarship essays = 9 total essays!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had prepared enough questions to ask my interviewers and the students who gave us the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wished I would have known that I could write the essay before my interview, if i got there early enough." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was a closed file interview. I would have read my personal statement a few more times and prepared a good summary." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was with two local pharmacists, rather than with anyone that currently worked for the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"That everything you told them about yourself and the small talk you were doing wasn't going to be considered into the interview. They were there to ask you 2 questions and they were going to rank you from 1-5 based only on those 2 questions. Your interview was a number with a few notes given to the committe. The interview was mandatory even though your grades could have guaranteed that you would have never gotten into the school. I really don't understand that approach, but I am glad that I didn't travel far to get to the interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"So pleased with this interview. Madison quickly became my first choice after the visit." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you have any question, Jeremy is such a great resource to get your answers from. He's very responsive and his emails are hilarious! With the holistic method of assessing applicants at UW, I felt honored to be selected even for an interview since it shows that at least my application fee's not being spent on someone who'll treat me like a list of stats. In terms of the interview day, I thought the hardest part was the extemporaneous essay portion. We were given with only 25 minutes to complete 2 essays (everyone's split up into different groups and rotated through different parts of the schedule) and I was barely done with my first essay when there was only 5 minutes left. I wish we could've done it on a computer coz now I don't even know if my handwriting's even legible..lol. If you're an out-of-state applicant, stay at the Best Western Inn towner since they have an excellent free shuttle service + free breakfast + complementary late check-out. The staffs there are supernice and accommodating!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I understand WHY the admissions process takes so long, but I sure wish it was quicker!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"seems like a great program and place to attend" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is great and I hope to get in. They are really friendly too!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was well-organized and stayed on schedule. Make sure you have questions to ask the pharmacists interviewing you." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was well organized and efficient. The beautiful facilities and the academic/professional strengths of this program make it very desirable." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school of pharmacy made every effort to make the interview successful. You could talk to students about anything. There was a nice informal question and answer session with a thrid year pharmacy student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was really positive. Once I realzied the interviewer had no idea of my background, I really got into that. But it was still hard to think that he had no idea of who I was when I got into the room. It was a beautiful building, but a guided tour would have been helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"You check in and they give you a packet. You can complete an essay before or after your interview. Interview was 30 minutes with 2 community pharmacists. There were refreshments available." More from this Member | Report Response

"A waste of time. I don't understand why they just did not do phone interviews. Also, I had no idea what they were ranking the interview on since they didn't care to know anything about me or what I've done or how I could have contribute to their school or even why I wanted to go to pharmacy school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Going into the interview I was very nervous, but I relaxed after we began. I wish I had better prepared for the essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not impressed with the interview process at the University of Wisconsin or their administrative personnel. My invitation to interview indicated their would be "opportunities throughout the day to interact with faculty and staff" and yet there were no such opportunities whatsoever. There was no welcome from the dean, no student panel, an no opportunity to interact with anyone but the office personnel. And as the interviewers were alumni from 20+ years ago, they were of little help in providing up-to-date information regarding the program. The school offered one tour of their new building but it was scheduled during my interview time. Instead, I was given a self-guided "hand-out" to take the place of the tour. I was incredibly disappointed in the school's lack of attention given to the prospective students, as well as the lack of respect shown to students who travelled a distance in hopes of learning more about their institution." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 12
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 1
Other 2

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 9
Neutral 5
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.65 20

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 6
Out of state 14

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 4
2-3 hours 4
4-6 hours 8
7+ hours 4

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 5
Automobile 15
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 11
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 0
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 1
$501+ 4

What airport did you use?

Milwaukee

msn

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 8
Home 3
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.52 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.14 21

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.21 14

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 14

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.43 14

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None! Everything was simply perfect. Except, maybe include a longer break for lunch. It was a long day and I got really hungry about halfway through." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really admired the thorough updates that the director of admissions (Jeremy Altschafl) has sent out to us applicants. He's very responsive and has done a good job at keeping us in the loop of things." More from this Member | Report Response

"To keep Jeremy A.! He is so friendly and prompt. The best I've worked with thus far!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Offer at least a general time line for making admission decisions." More from this Member | Report Response

"None because everything went great." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

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