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The Admission Interview

Admission interviews will be held on Thursday and Friday June 5 and 6, 2015. 

The interview will help us get to know you better and enable us to further assess your application.

Ninety-six students will be invited for an on-site interview and of these 40 will be admitted to the School in September.

All interviews will be held at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's. Interviews will not be conducted over the phone, by Skype or any other means - no exceptions.

About the Interview

The interview process consists of a 45 minute oral interview with a three member panel of faculty and pharmacists and a 45 minute written (non-academic) assessment. The oral interview will consist of behavioural type questions.

Behavioural type interview questions asks you to reflect and elaborate on an experience you've had. 

For example, you might be asked  to describe a time when you had to solve a challenging problem.

In response, we would expect you to explain the details of the situation:

  • When did this happen?
  • Define the problem.
  • Who was involved?
  • What did you do to resolve the problem?
  • What was the end result?

Behavioural type questions have no right or wrong answer. We're simply trying to get to know you better in the limited time we have.

We use this type of interview question because it has been proven that past behavior is a good predictor of a person's future behavior.

Therefore, your answers should give us some indication of how well you will perform as a student and eventually a practicing pharmacist.

When answering a question, be specific and thorough. Provide ample, but relevant information.

If you have any other questions please contact us at (709) 777-8300 or email


How can I prepare for the interview?

An excellent start would be to investigate the profession of Pharmacy. Although it is not a specific admission requirement, if you have direct related work or volunteer experience you may be better prepared for your interview. If you cannot gain direct experience, you could explore other options (such as speaking with pharmacists in different practices, reading about the profession, etc.). Although there is no "magic" formula, you want to present yourself as a mature, responsible individual who is not only motivated toward a career in Pharmacy, but who displays attributes important to being a successful professional. 

To prepare for this type of interview, it is helpful to think about situations you have encountered in the past so you have some experiences to draw upon to respond to the interviewer's questions. 

The Department of Career Development & Experiential Learning on the 4th floor in the University Centre can assist you with preparation for your interview. You can find out how to book an appointment by going to: