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  • University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Lawrence
Individual Feedback 1 16 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 9
Negatively 2
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.14 14

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.55 11

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
9.09 11

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 4
30 minutes 6
35 minutes 4
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 0
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 13
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 6
In a group 7

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 7
Closed file 5

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.85 13

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

"Tell us about yourself and how you came to be interested in the profession of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why KU and not other schools closer to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you caught a student cheating on a test, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Best / worst qualities (be careful with your worst quality, they ask you for it and then attack you for an honest answer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your relationship with X pharmacist (person who wrote my letter of rec)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see in the future for the pharmacy profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe your PCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy, why not become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you different among other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened during ______ semester when you got a _____ in that class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does it mean to be a professional?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you'll do with your PharmD?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"They essentially summed up the weakest parts of my app, and asked me why i deserved to get in over someone who was markedly better in those areas" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some problems, current and future, that the profession of pharmacy must deal with" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one of you hardest classes in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one trait of yours you wish to improve upon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges do you see the field of pharmacy facing in the years to come?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a pharmacist? What do you see yourself doing in the field after graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you withdraw from Calculus I seven years ago?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"There wasn't one :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about my study habits in detail" More from this Member | Report Response

"In regards to the questions about the future of pharmacy, one of the interviewers wanted to know my thoughts on the automated dispensing machines and there impact on the profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the most important issues you see facing pharmacists currently and in the coming years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where is the field of pharmacy heading?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you caught a student cheating on a test, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient came back to the pharmacy and informed you he/she received the incorrect medication, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Take a position on Plan B from both the side of a woman filling the perscription and from the side of a pharmasist who does not want to fill the perscription." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a moral objection to Plan B or oral contraception and someone came in with a prescription for it, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why did you get a "C" in Western Civilization (a class that I took 11 years ago--AWKWARD!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a specific instance in which you had to think critically or creatively to solve a problem. I wasn't ready for this and couldn't think of one off the top of my head" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of my questions were on an equal level. Most of them were asked in a way that each answer I gave rolled right into another question or expanded on the previous question. It was conversation like most of the way through." More from this Member | Report Response

"With all the new technology, new machines could be developed to dispense/label medications. What is the job of the Pharmacist then?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If it were down to you and one other student, why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"NA" More from this Member | Report Response

"If it came down to one spot left, and it was between you and another applicant and you were both identical, what sets you apart from that person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does it mean to be a professional? (I know it sounds strange but think of a typical answer in your head. Now answer and have another interviewer tell you your mechanic should also be trustworthy, a good member of the community and all the other things you just said. So then they asked me how a pharmacist and a mechanic differ.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes pharmacy a profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over some practice questions online" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, guessing at what i would be asked and having answers in mind. I definitely did not have any "scripted" answers though" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews with a few pharmacists I know and reviewing interview questions on-line" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced interview questions with my sister and boyfriend, and also set up a mock interview with career and employment services on campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and school news" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Checked studentdoctor.net, consulted current pharmacy students, consulted pharmacists, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over previous years interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN.net, friends who interviewed before me, practicing possible answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read other interview experiences on SDN, talked to some of my classmates who'd already interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The building is beautiful. Nice labs and study rooms." More from this Member | Report Response

"two of the three seemed very relaxed and upbeat, tended to laugh with my jokes and agree with what i said. they seemed to know that it was a stressful situation, and tried to lighten the mood. The 3rd interviewer seemed to be playing the "bad cop" role, but came around eventually" More from this Member | Report Response

"The atmosphere was much more relaxed than I anticipated." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were extremely friendly :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"NA" More from this Member | Report Response

"The nice and welcoming attitude of the interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the interviewers were." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is really beautiful and the administrative assistant in the waiting room was really great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I felt one of my interviewers was confrontational and was not pleased with any of my responses. He kept pushing me on topics that seemed irrelevant to Pharmacy school (see above Western Civ question)." More from this Member | Report Response

"not much - it was as expected" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing I can think of." More from this Member | Report Response

"how long it took the school to respond!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The two interviewers were kind of harsh on the fact that I only had pharmacy shadowing experience and not pharmacy work experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very unfriendly, including an Associate Dean who I had previously thought very highly of. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was in a suit and it kind of surprised me that the faculty weren't as dressed up as I was." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That not all pharmacy interviews are like this! Most are happy to see you and get to know you better!" More from this Member | Report Response

"that the other interviewees were way more nervous than i was!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That one of my interviewers was the calculations teacher since based on my grades it's obvious math is not my strongest subject. He asked about my calculus grade to be specific." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had known that the interviewers were really friendly and not going to critique every answer I gave them. I read on SDN a comment someone else made about KU saying that they were really mean and criticized them for honest answers they gave, which made me WAY more nervous then I needed to be. It was not like that at all! I could tell they knew I was nervous and they tried to make me feel comfortable. I wish I had known they were that friendly before I went so I wouldn’t have freaked myself out so much." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be open file" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviewers are down-to-earth and friendly, allowing me to not stress out as much." More from this Member | Report Response

"that the interview was closed file" More from this Member | Report Response

"For years I had thought KU was the only school for me. If I had known the school would be so difficult and the interview process would be so cold I would have applied to more schools. Meeting 5 of the faculty members, one for the second time, I question if I would want to attend the university at all. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking stinks even on Saturdays." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I walked away with a very bad taste in my mouth, which is a shame because I have very strong KU connections and otherwise love the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"if you are a strong candidate and know about pharmacy, you dont need to be nervous - just go in and talk about yourself. think of it as a conversation rather than an interview. also be prepared to answer questions about weaknesses in your application - they will ask about them" More from this Member | Report Response

"Though I was super nervous the interviewers were not intimidating and did not attempt to add any extra stress to what they know is a stressful experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"My tips for preparing for the interview would be to… - practice out-loud so you get use to hearing your own voice -bring a resume and an official copy of your transcripts (It shows that you actually prepared yourself for the interview and it will make you stand out) I would suggest handing the resume to them after they ask “tell me about yourself?” or “tell me about your pharmacy experience?” then give them your prepared statement and add, “I also brought my resume if you would like to have a look at it?” The transcript might be a nice addition if it’s a closed file interview. - remember their names! It shows that you have a good memory which is what pharmacy is all about right? I would work it in at the end, like “It was very nice to meet you Mr. So and So” -Send them a thank you email afterwards, if you remember their names it will be easy to find their email address off of the KU School of Pharmacy website, they also include pictures next to their contact information in case you do forget names" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went well! Got it" More from this Member | Report Response

"A new building is being built on the West campus and looks very impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were passing me file around and reading it as I was talking. Even when I tried to lighten the mood, there was not a single smile or friendly glance. When I answered, another professor would challange or just dismiss my answer. For one of the questions I apparently did not understand the answer they were looking for. They asked the questions 3 more times with the exact phrasing, much like a person who talks louder and louder to a non-English speaking person. I tried not to visibly show my frustration and be friendly and open but I was never given the opportunity to showcase my personality and ideals, the very thing I assumed the interview was for." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't tell if I did really well or if I totally screwed up. Faculty seem like good people. My opinion of KU couldn't get much higher, which is why I put "no change" for the way the interview impressed me. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 5
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 3
Neutral 2
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 9

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 8
Out of state 2

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 3
2-3 hours 4
4-6 hours 1
7+ hours 0

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 0
Automobile 7
Train or subway 0
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 4
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 0
$301-$400 0
$401-$500 0
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

No responses

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 0
Hotel 2
Home 1
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Would you recommend the hotel?

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.45 11

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.91 11

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.18 11

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
5.09 11

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.36 11

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.91 11

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The interview day atmosphere was not really welcoming. I would make the opportunity to mingle with the current students a part of a pre-interview session, if nothing else but to see smiling faces and get some jitters out. We were marched straight to the interview rooms without any real introduction to the school. This was in stark contrast to other similarly-ranked schools that I interviewed at." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep better track of applicants' submitted materials, and implement an on-line application status ch" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep better track of student application submissions. Implement an on-line application status tool" More from this Member | Report Response

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