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  • Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Corvallis
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell us about your pharmacy experience." Report Response

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

"Tell us about a situation where you had to deal with someone that was being difficult or irrational." Report Response

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

"Does your academic transcript accurately reflect your achievement? (i.e. do ya wanna explain your bad grades?)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The writing sample question centered around an ethical dilemma. This required several minutes of contemplation before I was ready to answer the question. Come prepare understanding the ethics of the profession." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The staff had a set of standard questions from which they select the most relevant for a particular candidate. There were several standard academic interview questions (why pharmacy, tell us about you, etc). I was asked several job interview style questions, probably because I have been a professional in another industry for 10 years." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Role playing with friends & pharmacists. Studentdoctor.net. I also read a study regarding the pharmacy candidate selection process published by the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. The staff follows these guidelines. http://www.ajpe.org/view.asp?art=aj680121&pdf=yes" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was MUCH more relaxed that I anticipated. I was expecting to be asked probing questions about my academic record. The interview was so casual that I didn't feel like I had the opportunity to distinguish myself from the other candidates." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. The experience was wholly positive." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The very causal nature of the interview. When you are asked a broad or vague question, take the opportunity to drop hints about any experience that is relevant to the question." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The most difficult part of the process was the waiting. I applied using the "Early Decision" process and rejected. I was then invited to an interview for "Normal" application process. I was interviewed in December, but didn't recieve my invitation until March, after Winter quarter. Those were the longest 3 months of my LIFE!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/09/2004

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