Admissions Interviews

2017 Admissions Interviews - May 26 and 27

The Admissions Interview will help us get to know you better and enable us to further assess your application. Interviews must be face to face and will not be conducted over the phone, internet or any other means.

About the Interview
The interview consists of two components: an oral interview with a three-member panel comprised of faculty and pharmacists, and a written (non-academic) assessment.

The interview will consist of behavioural type questions. Behavioural type interview questions are questions designed to learn about your past “behaviors” in specific situations. Behavioural questions are used because past behavior is the best predictor of future behaviour. The intent is to see if you have the specific qualities and attributes needed to be a good pharmacist. For example, you might be asked to describe a time when you had to solve a challenging problem.


To prepare for this type of interview, it is helpful to think about your past. Think about situations and experiences so you can draw upon them more quickly when asked to provide a specific example. The internet has numerous examples of behavioural interview questions that you can practice with.

For Memorial students, the Department of Career Development & Learning is pleased to offer a 30-minute presentation to assist with interview preparation. The presentation will introduce the concept of a behavioral interview as well as a corresponding Technique (i.e. STAR) for answering behavioral questions. Unfortunately, the Career Development centre no longer offers individual mock interviews.

To register for one of the offered sessions, visit, login, click Career, and then click Career Events Calendar. Registration is required and space is limited.

Directions & Parking
Interviews will be held at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC), 300 Prince Phillip, Dr., St. John's, Newfoundland. Parking will be available through Pay & Display or Meter parking. (See map) On Saturday, free parking will be available in lot 9 on the east side of the Health Sciences Centre. 

Upon arrival
Upon entering the Health Science Centre, (either through the main hospital entrance, the main entrance to the Faculty of Medicine or through the southeast side near parking lot 9) follow the orange directional signs to the Pharmacy Student Lounge, room HSC 1756 (1st floor).

Check-in will be in the Pharmacy Student Lounge. Our pharmacy students will be there to greet you and get you settled. We suggest arriving at least 20 minutes before your scheduled interview. Please make sure to have photo identification with you to prove your identity. A driver’s license, school ID card or valid passport is acceptable. Photo identification MUST be provided or you won’t be allowed to interview.

Interview process
The first oral interview begins at 9:00 a.m. and the last one at 5:00 p.m. on both May 26 and May 27. Students will escort you to the interview rooms. You are not permitted to bring anything into the interview. Anything you might need will be provided to you.

**If you’re unable to attend your scheduled interview after you’ve accepted our invitation to attend, please contact Csop Glew as soon as possible so another applicant can be invited to fill your place. Failure to attend your interview without notification will result in the immediate withdrawal of your application and future applications will not be considered for two admission cycles.**

Other information
The School does not pay for applicant travel expenses associated with the admission interview. Reasonable on-campus accommodation at one of the University residences may be available.

Lunch is not provided. You may choose to bring your own lunch or have lunch in one of the food establishments in the Health Sciences Centre.

Tours of the School of Pharmacy will be available throughout the day.

A student organized “Meet and Greet” social function will be hosted by current School of Pharmacy students on Friday May 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Health Sciences Centre, room 2M208A. A separate invitation will be sent to you directly from our students. Dress casual and come on out and meet other applicants and current pharmacy students!

What happens after the interview?
By mid-June you will be notified by email whether you have been offered admission to the program, waitlisted, or unsuccessful. If offered admission, you will have 10 days to either accept or reject the offer. Acceptance must be accompanied by a $500 deposit, which will be credited toward tuition fees.

Questions? Please contact


School of Pharmacy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000