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Ultimate Potential Interview Question List!

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by roziak, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. roziak

    roziak Superhero
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    This is basically a huge list of potential interview questions that I compiled this year. The questions are in no specific order. Hope this helps.

    -SCHOOL OF PHARMACY INTERVIEW PRACTICE QUESTIONS-


    Tell me about yourself.



    What is your greatest strength/aspect?



    What is your weakest strength/aspect?



    Why should we accept you into the school of pharmacy?



    In what ways do you think you'll contribute to our school?



    Why pharmacy?


    Who had the greatest influences on you throughout your life?



    In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?


    Why this school?



    What have you done to prepare for pharmacy school?



    What position do you prefer when working on a group project?



    Describe your work ethic.



    What qualities do you look for in a pharmacist?



    What would you do if you do not get into the School of Pharmacy?



    Describe your related experience.



    What do you consider to be the most important idea or suggestion you have made that was implemented


    Tell me about your most satisfying accomplishment as a student.



    How do you measure your success?



    What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?



    What would you like to accomplish during the next five years?


    Do you consider yourself successful?


    How do you handle change?



    What problems/challenges do you anticipate to arise during pharmacy school?




    Describe a time when you were a member of a team. What was your contribution?



    Do you prefer to confront conflict or tactfully avoid it?



    Have you ever lost your temper at work or school?



    Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an irate person. How did you handle the situation?


    Describe a time when you successfully resolved a conflict between yourself and one of your colleagues.


    If you were to be a drug, what drug would you be?




    How would you like to be remembered?



    What is the most interesting work assignment that you have received?



    If you were stranded in an island, what three books would you want to have with you and why?



    Describe the most exciting moment of your life.


    Describe the scariest moment of your life.


    Describe the most unusual moment of your life.


    Imagine you found a lamp that gave you three wishes. What would they be?


    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?


    Tell me something you know a lot about.


    Would you get out of you car in a highway to help an accident victim? Exactly what would you do?


    What do you think of herbal/alternative medicine? Should people choose them over traditional medicine?


    Writing songs, painting – these forms are considered art. When you digitally manipulate images and songs, is that still considered art?


    If you had to choose one other field besides pharmacy, what would it be?
     
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  3. roziak

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    All humans have unique characteristics and traits that set us apart. Yet all of us are created equal. Explain the contradiction.



    What is your approach for dealing with constructive criticism?


    Describe a situation where your work was justifiably criticized


    Has any of your professors ever assigned a grade lower than you deserved? If so, what did you do?


    What kind of decisions are most difficult for you to make?


    What is your approach to making important decisions?


    Tell me about a time when you made an unpopular decision. How did you handle this situation?


    Is your GPA an accurate reflection of your academic ability?


    What subjects did you enjoy most in school and why?



    What subjects did you enjoy the least in school and why?


    If you had it to do over again, what changes would you make as a college student?


    How do you propose to compensate for a lack of experience?


    Are you involved in research?


    What do you know about this School of Pharmacy?


    How would your most recent supervisor describe your work habits?


    If your supervisor were to have one complaint about you, what would it be and why?


    What were the limitations of your most recent position?


    What has disappointed you about college?



    What do you think about the new recent Medicare changes?


    Give examples of your ability to delegate.


    If you were interviewing someone applying to this school, what would you look for?


    Tell me about a time when your persistence paid off.


    Tell me about the last book you read.


    How would you describe your personality?


    What is more important- money or work?


    What has been your biggest educational/professional disappointment?


    Tell me about the most fun you have had during school.


    What do you spend your social/leisure time doing?



    Tell me about a recurring problem at work that you were able to resolve.


    Tell me an instance when you failed. What did you do to fix the problem?


    What is your usual approach to solving problems?


    Where do you turn when your usual problem-solving approaches are not successful?


    What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?


    Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?


    Tell me about a time you helped resolve a dispute between others.


    What would you do if you saw a fellow student cheating on an exam?


    Tell me about a time when you were satisfied with your performance.



    Describe a time when you had to make an ethical decision.


    Tell me what you are doing to improve your weaknesses.


    What changes would you like to see made to the current health care delivery system?


    You're in a group and you think the group is heading in the wrong direction, how would you voice your opinion? And can you give an example where you handled a similar situation?


    How do you respond to deadlines?


    How do you manage stress?


    What do you do to avoid burnout?


    How do you work under pressure?


    What kinds of people frustrate you?


    What kinds you people do you refuse to work with?
     
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  4. roziak

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    Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to her or him.


    What are your thoughts on Medicare reform?


    Do you feel that the government should be involved with mandating insurance? Subsidizing insurance?


    Do you think that decreasing the salaries of physicians can solve our healthcare cost issues?


    How do you organize your daily assignments and activities?


    Give me examples of how you prioritized work assignments in your most recent position.


    Give me an example of a time management skill that has increased your productivity at work.


    In what respects does the position of a pharmacy student and your needs appear to be a good match?


    Is there anything else I should ask?


    What personal developments have you used to overcome any weakness?


    Define "ethical"


    Define "professionalism"


    If a patient wanted a drug that conflicted with your beliefs/morals, what would you do?


    Where do you feel the field of pharmacy going?


    What challenges do you see in the field of pharmacy?


    What current issues do you see influencing the future direction of pharmacy?


    How have you shown compassion?


    How do you routinely communicate with others?


    Tell me about a time when you put someone else's interests before your own


    What do you feel the role of the pharmacist in the community is?


    What is a pharmacist?


    What is pharmaceutical care?


    Why aren't you applying to medical school?


    Talk about the recent news regarding the pharmacy industry and what did you think about it?


    Pretend you are a pharmacy technician and the pharmacist wants to dispense a very expensive medication that is expired to a patient, what do you do?


    What do your friends say about you?


    If you could cure a disease – which would it be and why?


    What is the kindest thing you have ever done?


    Describe the importance of understanding diversity as a pharmacist


    What are some questions you want to ask us?


    CONCLUDING STATEMENT
    You need to close the interview with a statement. This statement should be well practiced (even memorized) and should not take more than 10 to 20 seconds. Thank the interviewer for his time. Tell him how much you have enjoyed your visit to the program and your willingness to submit any additional information if necessary. End your statement with your hope and desire to be a part of the program in the future!
     
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    Hi. Thanks for all the interview questions. I have been working on interview questions that might be used in an interview for some time now, when I found these questions, although they are much similar to the other posts, but I found your post more complete.
    Thanks again.

    :)
     
  6. Pojman

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    Thanks for bumping this list... It helped to get my mind set on interview questions.
     
  7. Elizabey

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    Awesome, thanks!
     
  8. anchoi

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    Thank you too much
     
  9. Prepharm0425

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    Thank you so much for this. I'm just curious though, what if your not sure how to answer the question or have nothing to say at all? For example, I don't read books, so I am not exactly sure how to answer the question "what was the last book you read?" there are other questions on there that are just out of whack like " what type of animal do I want to be and why?"
     
  10. Pojman

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    Can we phone a friend?
     
  11. itsjeps

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    I've always found it easiest to prepare for the book question, which I've been asked in job interviews before, by looking at biographies of people that you know something about. You don't really need to read the book but it will give you an answer for a silly kind of question so you can move on and it may reveal something about your interests as well. And the answer to the animal question is platypus because they are awesome.

    I've been looking for potential questions for my interview on 10/5 so these should be some good practive ones!
     
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    Good stuff thainks
     
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    Thank you for all of the questions posted!
     
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    Really nice interview question post!
     
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    Bumping this thread up for those of us hoping to be Interviewed in the coming months. This is a great resource and much more thorough than other lists I've been coming across.

    Thank you to the original poster, roziak, for such a comprehensive list!
     

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