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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why USC as opposed to the other schools in California?" Report Response

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

"What initially attracted you to pharmacy?" Report Response

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

"What do you do on your spare time?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The questions asked were very general. Because it's a closed file interview, the interviewers ask basic questions to get to know you." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are the negative aspects of pharmacy?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, USC website, mock interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were very friendly, seemed to be genuinely content, and not competitive at all. The students, along with the staff, try to make you feel as welcomed as possible. There is a lot of pride behind USC." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview was very brief. You have to sell yourself in a very short amount of time. There was also no time for a tour. The whole day seemed rushed." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I can't emphasize enough how important sleep is. Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your interview. All of your preparation will be pointless if you can't think straight. Trust me." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a good day at USC. I had gotten there fairly early, so it gave me some time to chat with USC students. This was very helpful in calming me down because they kept repeating how the interview is a very laidback process. 25 of us were then taken into a small auditorium where the head of admissions gave us a pep talk and explained the admissions process. Basically, only about 40 people from our interview pool of 150 will get accepted. Everyone else is either waitlisted until the end of the interview process in March or rejected. This was followed by a brief interview with a faculty member and a current student. Like I said before, they asked basic questions to get to know you. I was extremely surprised by how relaxed the interview process was, although it may depend on the faculty member who interviews you. The interview was followed by a 20-minute essay portion, in which you summarize a paragraph in your own words. After that, students answered your questions about the school. Then you were free to go. It was a very brief process." Report Response

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