Admissions Interviews

School of Pharmacy 

Admission Interviews - May 22 and 23, 2020
The Admission Interview will help us get to know you better and allow us to further assess your application. Interviews must be face to face and will not be conducted over the phone, internet or by 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 that ask you to reflect on your past and to give an example of a specific situation. For example, you might be asked to describe a time when you had to solve a challenging problem. Behavioural questions are used because past behavior is a good predictor of future behaviour. The intent is to try and assess whether you have certain natural qualities and attributes needed to be a good pharmacist.

The internet has lots of examples of behavioural interview questions that you can practice with. This will get you to think about your past, about situations and experiences and reflect on them so that you can draw upon these more quickly when asked to provide a specific example.
For Memorial students who have been invited for an interview, Career Development (Student Life) 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.

To register for a session, visit Scroll down the events page until you find "Presentation: Preparing for a Pharmacy Interview". Registration is required and space is limited.

Interviews will be held at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC), 300 Prince Phillip, Dr., St. John's, Newfoundland.
Memorial University offers Pay-Per-Use Parking. Pay-Per-Use parking locations are illustrated on the Pay-Per-Use Parking Map.
It is easiest to park in the parking garage east of the Health Science Centre (denoted in orange as lot 27 on the map) on level 1 and on part of level 2. Access to the parking garage is off Sandpits Road. A small foot bridge acroos the creek will lead you to the entrance to the Faculty of Medicine in the Health Sciences Centre.
Memorial offers two (2) payment options to pay for parking at designated meters: Pay & Display or Passport Canada parking app.

Upon Arrival
Upon entering through the main entrance to the Faculty of Medicine, a Pharmacy representative will be waiting at a table to greet and walk you to the Pharmacy School Student Lounge where you will be checked in. There will also be orange directional signs showing the way to the Student Lounge.

Check-in will be in the Pharmacy School Student Lounge, room HSC 1756. Pharmacy students will be there to welcome 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. A driver’s license, school ID card or valid passport is acceptable. Photo identification MUST be shown or you won’t be permitted to interview.

Interview Process
Interviews will be held Friday afternoon on May 22 and all day on Saturday May 23. Students will escort you to the interview room. You are not permitted to bring anything into the interview, except personal items such as a purse/wallet. Pen and paper will be provided in case you need it.
If you’re unable to attend your scheduled interview after you’ve accepted our invitation to attend, please contact Ms. 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.

More 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. Visit

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.

Student led tours of the School of Pharmacy will be available throughout the day.

A student organized “Meet and Greet” social function will be held Friday May 22nd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in room 2M208A, Health Sciences Centre. An invitation from our students will be sent to you soon. 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 are being offered admission to the program, waitlisted, or have been 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 or forfeited should you fail to register.

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