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  • West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Morgantown
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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 do you want to be a pharmacist? --> obvious" Report Response

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

"If admitted, in what type of setting do you see yourself working in after graduation?" Report Response

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

"What type of postgraduate pharmacy opportunities interest you?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your favorite book? (Essay Question)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is a major problem facing the profession of pharmacy today, and how can it be fixed?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Nothing unusual." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"During the "Cross-examination" there were two interviewers, one knows your personal history, one doesn't. I thought it was a good way to get an unbiased tilt." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The essay was written on a laptop PC equipped with spell check and grammer check. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They expect you to know about the profession. Know some of the problems with the profession (counterfeit drugs, pharmacists stealing Vicodin, the aging of baby-boomers, whatever), the types of job opportunities available (retail, community, long-term care, post-graduate, etc.), and so on. Having good depth of knowledge about the profession is essential - say something like, "I'm interested in drug research, so while the more traditional aspects of the pharmacy practice are what drew me towards the profession, I'm also investigating the possiblility of continuing on after receiving my doctorate to work on a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry." They'd eat something similar to that up." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Kind of laid back, kind of formal. The best advice is to dress nice, speak eloquently, use good manners and have a deep understanding of all things dealing with the profession of pharmacy. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/15/2003

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