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  • Touro University California College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Vallejo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2 professors and 1 fourth year pharmacy student

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"This school is based on teamwork. How have you experienced teamwork from your past experiences?" Report Response

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

"Why pharmacy? Why not a doctors? (PRACTICE THIS ANSWER!)" Report Response

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

"If there was only one seat left, why should we choose you? (PRACTICE THIS ONE TOO!)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"n/a" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see pharmacy in 10 years? (Everyone kept referring to technology, so it was really hard to come up with an original answer lol)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Interview Feedback site and practicing out loud (not just in your head!)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The professionalism of the faculty and staff." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The fact that everyone has said that it was a laid-back experience when it definitely was not the case for me lol! My interviewers didn't even ask the usual "Tell me about yourself" questions. They went straight into the aspects of pharmacy, which caught people off guard." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there was already fruit, muffins and coffee/juice in the conference room where we would write the essay portion. I wouldn't have had to buy breakfast at the Marriott." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I recently got accepted to the school (YAY!), so here are my tips for the interview! Remember, since it's group-based, they're pretty much looking for people who can interact well with others. Therefore, you definitely want to ramp up the nonverbal communication skills and show whoever is talking that you are engaged in the conversation, especially with eye contact. This shows that you actually care about what others are saying (= team player!). Oh gosh and please please please don't forget to SMILE! Also, I've heard people say that you have to be the first one to answer or at least the second because the person before you can steal your answers, leaving you with no options. That wasn't the case for me, for I went second-to-last or last, and I still got accepted. This should tell you that if you practiced for the interview earlier and did enough soul searching over the past year...you can still definitely stand out regardless whether you answer first or last. Here's a great format to follow when answering a question. 1. State your answer 2. Provide a real life example to support your answer (this could be from your experience or what you studied/read) 3. State how your answer relates to the profession or what the school is looking for in a pharmacy student This is a great format to follow because since you're doing a group interview, the possibility of people coming up with step 1 is very likely. Yet this is where step 2 and 3 come in because your putting your own personal twist to it, which can definitely help you stand out. As for the essay portion, don't sweat it when it comes to neatness. Just make sure it is legible. I finished my essay in 10-15 minutes while everyone else spent the entire 45 minutes rewriting their essay on new pieces of paper just so it looks nice. If anything, spend a little more time on making an outline in the beginning and proofreading near the end (I totally just crossed out words and wrote new words over it...kinda messy but still readable). In terms of preparing for the types of prompts, you definitely want to keep up with with the current events of pharmacy and read the pharmacy forums/blogs for people's views on certain topics. Well, I hope this advice has helped you! Good luck, you guys!!! :D" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Courtyard Marriot-Vallejo Napa Valley

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/27/2010

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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