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  • University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Health & Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Monroe
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Situational: How would you handle, in a retail pharmacy, a customer who wants a refill of his vital medication, even when he has no refills remaining/no written prescription from his doctor?" Report Response

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

"Describe qualities a pharmacist needs and qualities a GOOD pharmacist has." Report Response

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

"Tell about one situation you had to empathize with a friend (not sympathize!)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Name 3 qualities to describe a leader (in your opinion), explain. Follow up: How does said leader keep his or her people working smoothly? How to handle issues? How to keep morale at a good level?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had an open-book exam in a class, and your pal asked you for an answer, what would you do? (<cough> leave said pal hanging! it's open book, open book tests don't exist in college, at least they haven't for me <cough>)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student Doctor Net! YAY FOR SDN! Also, I brainstormed around a dozen questions for myself to answer as practice. Questions ranged from views on importation of drugs to situational "if you were a retail pharmacist and this happened" types. That's really all you need to do, the interviews are more like conversations." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Good faculty, students are generally upbeat all over campus, fair amount of student diversity, improvements happening all over campus due to a new University President who - at the least - brings fresh blood to the leadership of the uni." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Facilities are slightly old, admissions being reduced from 120 to 90 because Louisiana is relatively poor (and also due to some pharmacy students falling behind - many are older with family and have trouble staying on track), Monroe can be a really boring city depending who you are." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I knew not to take the route I took to the college on my interview day! Dozens of cement trucks filled the road and traffic was blocked off, backed up, and detoured. I was quasi-late for the initial meeting in the lobby, therefore. Pues, que sera, sera." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First, please note that this University is now called the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Well, the interviews strike me as very conversational. So, speak up and speak well of what's on your mind for every question asked. If you don't know for sure how to answer, don't worry - take a few moments, and maybe tell the interviewer that you don't know by experience but your opinion at this time is such and such. I had two interviewers with interesting pharmacy-related experiences, so be sure to ask about the interviewers' education/background/work experience. The essay portion takes place in the afternoon, opposed to the interviews of the morning. On the essay, you'll receive three topics to write on (can be anything) and you choose one. 1 hour is given to type or handwrite the essay - a fair amount of time to construct a basic and coherent response. On a final note, everyone I encountered on my interview day appeared upbeat/positive/friendly. Good signs." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/10/2005

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