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Sample interview questions for pharmacy students

A behavioural style interview is often used by the School of Pharmacy to determine which candidate is best suited for the program. The whole idea or theory behind behavioural interviews is that the best way to predict a person's future behaviour is to ask about their past behaviour. For example, if one of the core compentencies of the program is leadership skills, and the interviewer needs to assess your level of leadership abilitiy, she or he will ask you about your past leadershp experiences and behaviours as a benchmark or indication of your probable future leadership behaviours. Many behavioural-based interviews start with: "Tell me about a time when you...." "Describe the last time that you had to ...." "Give us an example of a time when you...."

Disclosure statement: The Centre for Career Development is not affiliated with the School of Pharmacy and do not know the questions that the School will ask in your interview. The following questions are only a guide to assist you as you prepare for your interview.

If interested, the Centre for Career Development does provide mock interviews which will help you in preparing for the real situation. If interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact 709.864.2033 or email to schedule a session. Please note that we will try our best to accommodate all requests for a mock interview. However, we do require two business days. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00. (Please allow one business day to cancel or reschedule a mock).

  • Tell us about a situation in which you have had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. What was the impact of the changes on you?
  • Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
  • Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementing it.
  • Have you ever encountered any type of conflict with a co-worker or group member? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to present complex information. How did you ensure the other person understood?
  • Describe a situation that required you to be detail oriented? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?