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  • University of Colorado Denver Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy School
  • Aurora
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Describe an ethical situation you might encounter in a pharmacy." Report Response

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

"Why have you chosen to pursue pharmacy?" Report Response

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

"What makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Describe a time when you had to face a difficult situation and how you used ethics and morals to resolve it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None were especially difficult, but they all require a little thought. What you see here on SDN is a very good representation of the questions you'll be asked in your interview." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I used the SDN forums and the school's website to prepare." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The campus is extremely nice, and the new pharmacy building, which is scheduled to be occupied this fall, looks fantastic. There is an awful lot of construction going on here, and it is nice to see the school so committed to improving the campus. Also, I really liked the surrounding area. Aurora is nice if you ask me, and it is very close to Denver and not too far from the maountains. I think it only gets a bad rap because of ignorant people who fear the large hispanic population in the area." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewer (Laura Thompson), seemed extremely nervous and fidgeted quite a lot, which made me feel less comfortable than I would have liked. Also, when she asked what made me stand out as an applicant, she made a backhanded comment on my pinstriped suit, which happens to be the only suit I have because I cannot afford another. I feel that any jabs of this kind are out of line. Imagine if I had commented on her dress! Finally, she seemed very unprepared for the questions I asked, and became very flustered after asking my first. Overall, the interviewer seemed very unprepared and unprofessional, and I was very disappointed afterwards, which was unfortunate because the rest of the day had made a very good impression on me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Honestly, I felt well informed and prepared going into the interview. However, they ask about the curriculum in your essay, and they want to know about specific courses. I looked through the curriculum prior to the interview, but focused more on the general aspects of it. Pick a course you like, know it inside and out, and be prepared to talk about it," Report Response

What are your general comments?

No Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$501+

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?

Drury Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2010

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

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

6 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The admissions office should work on communicating with the applicants. I was told in my interview offer email that there would only be one interviewer, and they surprised us by adding a community pharmacist to the interview. There was also a major typo on my itinerary that nearly caused me to be late for the interview itself. Additionally, they should consider holding the interviews in a location other than the faculty offices. My interviewer's office was so cramped with all 3 of us inside that I was much too close for comfort to them. You shouldn't be able to smell their lunches on their breath when they speak." Report Response

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