Interviews at Pharmacy Schools


Interviews at Pharmacy Schools

Interviews are obligatory at most pharmacy colleges if the admissions committee decides that you are competitive for admission. The interview allows schools to consider you and gives you a chance to tour the campus, meet with faculty and presently enrolled students, and learn about financial aid and housing.

If you were invited to pharmacy school interviews, you should consider that you could convince interviewers that they are your "role model" and that you desire to become them. Simply put it, the truth, in English, "Brown Nose".

But the detail is that you do desire to become them and you would be an addition to school, not only because you are clever, but you are devoted to pharmacy field and your exclusive attributes are absolutely wanted and needed. Overall, the interview evaluates the candidate's communication skills, confidence, and maturity, dedication to the field of pharmacy, enthusiasm, personality and skill to work together with others.

Interview Tips:

Remember these three simple rules:
  1. First impressions are lasting impressions.
  2. There are no second chances to make a good first impression!
  3. It pays to be prepared.
Practice your interviewing methods by participating in simulated interviews. Do as many simulated interviews as required to help you feel comfy with the process. You might desire to practice in front of the mirror or with family and/or friends.

Be Focused

  1. Build a good resume that describes your experience and talents and that supports your purpose of entering the School of Pharmacy. It is not essential for you to carry a resume to the interview. However, putting your academic and employment experience on paper may help you obtain a clear idea of your accomplishments. This exercise could remind you of your best qualities.
  2. Re-evaluate information about pharmacy as a career. Websites to support you do this include:
    • The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy www.aacp.org
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov
    • SIUE School of Pharmacy www.siue.edu/PHARMACY
  3. Think about what you can propose the SIUE School of Pharmacy. Think the exclusive skills and abilities that you have.
  4. Make a 1-2 minute mini script about yourself; add your educational background, experience, and the motives why you are interested in becoming a pharmacist.
  5. Bring a note pad and pen.

Dress/Hygiene

  1. Dress in professional clothes; it is best to be moderate.
  2. Do wear deodorant, but don't wear cologne or perfume. If the interviewer is allergic to perfumes, your interview will probable end too soon.
  3. Cosmetics should be conservative.
  4. Wear a minimal quantity of jewellery.

Non-Verbal Communication

  1. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile.
  2. Stand and sit-up straight.
  3. Make and keep eye contact.
  4. Talk loud enough to be heard but not too noisily.
  5. Communicate with pride, honesty and confidence about your accomplishments and potential.
  6. Be active and enthusiastic.
During the Interview
 During the Interview
Keep in mind that the interviewers are interested in how you reply. They desire to see that you are logical and that you give kind consideration to your answers.