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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

3 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 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 me about yourself (and after three seconds about telling them where went for undergrad and my major the guy cuts me off and asks me question 2)." Report Response

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

"So anyway. Tell me about (biotech I worked at). Then after looking uninterested, he changes the subject and proceeded to ask me question 3." Report Response

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

"Why didn't you continue to do research at your university?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What field of pharmacy do you want to go into?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You obviously don't have any clinical experience. What makes you think you'll be a good candidate for clinical pharmacy (he asked me in a really condescending tone)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about USC on their website, read SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nothing." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview was supposed to be 20 min long, but my interviewers were extremely unprofessional and very rude. Unfortunately, I am one of the few who had a bad interview experience. It's really about luck- who you get as your interviewer. Before my interview, the faculty member and graduate student had their own side conversation and did not acknowledge me even though I tried to join the conversation. Then before I knew it, my interview was rushed and it was only 15 minutes long. They did not let me ask questions in the end, due to time. When the graduate student walked me to my essay after the interview, she caught me offguard by asking me why I would even consider USC over UCSF and UCSD. When I answered, she seemed not to care about what I had to say. The interview gave me a really bad impression of the students/faculty that make up this university." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"20 minutes is going to feel like 5 minutes." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm so glad I'm not going to this school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

1 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2008

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

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

1 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

1 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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