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  • University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 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?

Closed file

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

"Why pharmacy? Why USC? Why should we pick you?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What are some negative aspects of pharmacy?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What are some challenges you foresee in the pharmacy profession and what solutions can you provide?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why pharmacy? Why didn't you want to be a doctor? Why didn't you just go for a masters in pharmacology instead?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"practiced with current pharmD student, read up on school" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"student volunteers were very friendly and happy to be there; coordinators gave a group pep-talk beforehand to relax us and give last-minute interview tips; also had us all introduce ourselves to break the ice" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the actual interview was unprofessional, uncomfortable, and extremely stressful (see comments). the essay section, although easy, is not an adequate assessment of writing skills or critical thinking abilities" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"While everyone at USC (including my interviewers) were very friendly, my interview experience was overall a negative one. I was asked to sit in between my 2 interviewers in a very small office so that, when answering their questions, I always had my back to one while facing the other. I was therefore constantly looking back and forth between the two, an uncomfotable set up. Throughout my interview, the professor was coughing profusely leading me to wonder if he/she was actually hearing anything I said. Also, the computer facing the professor had an instant messaging program on and IMs were occassionally popping up and making dinging noises. It was very unprofessional. The questions were fair, but many of the follow-up questions made me feel like they were attacking me (i.e. well, why didn't you do this? or that?). Sometimes I would give an answer only to be shot down with a "Yea, but..." I basically did not get much positive feedback and being naturally nervous did not help either. However, even though I felt like my interview went horribly, I ended up getting accepted soon after (and I have a relatively low GPA). So I'm pretty sure the interviewers just want to see how you react to tough situations and that you can keep your composure. Have confidence in your answers despite what reactions you get from your interviewers." Report Response

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On what date did the interview take place?

11/06/2004

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