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  • Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Downers Grove
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Group interview... good concept in theory, but it only works if the school asks more specific, behavioral, ethics, morals, or scenario questions. Therefore, the interviewers can actually observe and compare individual's characteristics to one another. In this case, all the questions asked were general; thus, everyone had the same generic answer. Also, I like it when current students are involved in the interview/selection process... I feel that they would have a good idea of whether the applicant is a great fit for the school. I'm not too sure about closed-file interview... I think more subjective questions would be asked if the interviewer knew more about the student... Anyway...there was definitely not enough time to say everything about yourself" Report Response

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

"Tell us about yourself. School? Why pharmacy? Everyones answers were very cliche...e.g. I want to be a pharmacist because my dad was never home and he's a physician, so, pharmacy is better for me because I want to have a family..... or.... I want to bridge the gap between western and traditional medicine... or.... because there are so many options, I don't know if I want to go to law school with pharmacy...blah blah blah... it's all heard of. I'm sure the faculty interviewers have heard these answers a million times... there was just not enough time to include personal experiences in your answers and be considerate of others and let them speak as well." Report Response

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

"What traits should a pharmacist have to be successful." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Absolutely None! If the school wants professionals who can think critically and solve problems.... why not throw in a question that gives students the opportunity to do so. I like being challenged..." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Absolutely None!... A group interview can go very well. However, Midwestern completely missed the whole concept of a group interview by asking general questions..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN. Read over application. Research on school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Campus is nice. Free lunch...food is not as bad as what I read from other posts." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Weather. Gym is small. NAMETAGS WITH SAFETY PINS!! WHY MAKE US POKE HOLES IN OUR NICE OUTFITS! USE ADHESIVES! The school's pharmacy program is great, but I was really really disappoint with their interview scheme... I hope Midwestern can still manage to select highly qualified and scholarly students into their program with this interview strategy. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the Interview was more like a battle to talk." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Be yourself everyone!! Everyone in my group sounded like they were rehearsing their PS. They sounded really fake and not genuine or sincere at all... The essay question was awesome... I liked it because it actually gives an opportunity for applicants to show their characteristics; I hope they actually read it. Financial Aid presentation was a waste of time. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

US airways SUCK!

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/12/2008

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

7 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

2 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

4 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Don't provide nametags with safety pins! We don't want to poke holes in our outfits. Use adhesives!" Report Response

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