How to Ace Your Pharmacy or Medical School Interview

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I remember when I went in for my interview for pharmacy school; I was so nervous I almost felt sick to my stomach. But once I started talking and getting to ask follow up questions, my nerves totally relaxed and I really enjoyed the experience. While I wouldn’t want to go through it again, it definitely wasn’t as stressful or scary as my imagination came up with. Some of the biggest tips to ace your interview are common sense, but some of them you may not know. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just means that you can learn from reading this post.

Currently, I am a pharmacy student based in South Carolina so I’ve been in your shoes before so let’s get started how you are going to do amazing in your interview for either medical or pharmacy school. Hey the process is the same, just not the degree.

7 Tips to Ace Your Pharmacy or Medical School Interview

Prepare by researching the school

If you’re really serious about applying for pharmacy or medical school, then you need to do your research on each school that you have an interview with. Each school has their own story, achievements, and specialties. So knowing a little more details about the college will definitely give you an advantage over the competition.

Pharmacy is all about the small details, and this one of those details you don’t want to skip out on.

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Dress for the occasion

Being in a medical profession, it’s highly looked beyond as a serious profession. So coming to your interview in jeans and a tshirt won’t win you any favors and will actually hurt your shot of getting accepted into the program. You’ll want to come dressed for success by wearing either a suit or business clothes. It’s an interview and so you should act like it is. You’ll be so surprised at the amount of people who don’t come dressed for the occasion and who are too causal about the interview.

For men:

  • Dark suit
  • Tie or bow tie
  • Dress shoes

For woman:

  • Black slacks or skirt
  • Fancy blouse
  • Heels or business flats
  • Blazer

Arrive on time ready to go

Plan ahead when it comes to transportation and travel to the interview with time to spare. You never know what may happen on the way to the interview so prepare for the worst case scenario. If you’re arriving via airplane, than make sure to your connection flights and landing flight leave enough time for any airway delays and time to arrive at the school. Same goes with driving! You literally never know if there is going to a big crash on the road or something crazy happen.

When I had my interview for pharmacy school, my interview happened a week before a big flood came through the town so interview was pushed back a week as well as the verdict. It was a crazy mess of a time, but I was prepared anyways.

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Everyone is watching on Interview Day

Your tour guide and the students that you interact with on interview day are also a part of the interview process. They are there to interact with you on a personal level to see your level of interests and give the acceptance committee their input on you as a future student. Basically, play nice and be interactive with the students that you see. If you have any questions or comments, then by all means, ask away politely. Also stay engaged through each process of the interview, including the tour, because everyone is watching you on interview day.

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Asks questions to everyone you see

Most people think that an interview is a one-way street, but it’s totally not! Yes, you’ll be asked questions by each person that interviews you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions to them too. I would highly recommend having a list of questions that you might want to ask during the interview. I know for me when I had my first interview I was so nervous that I forgot a lot of the questions that I had, but since I had them written down, I could refer back to my list.

Bring copies of your resume

I carried a small, professional looking folder that held multiple copies of my resume as well as a list of questions that I might want to ask during the interview. It’s just a good practice to do when you’re in an interview setting as well as to have your resume memorized. The interviewers will have looked at your application beforehand so they will know some key details about you, but you need to be able to go more in-depth about each item that you listed on your resume and application.

Practice makes perfect

If you have any friends who are in the program already or know a pharmacists or doctor, then you can see if they would be willing to help you practice for your interview. The more that you can practice with different people and with different questions, the more you’ll feel confident when asked for the real deal.

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Once you’ve made it to the interview, you’ve already crossed a big hurdle, which is getting the interview in the first place. Not everyone who applies for pharmacy or medical school will even get picked for an interview, so feel lucky and keep this tips in mind before walking in for your interview. Good luck future students! I wish you the best of luck!

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  • Great advice for people going through this. I work in business, so I’m in a completely different sector. I have so much respect for people who go into these fields.

    • Makaela

      Thank you! It’s a lot of work but totally worth it in the end if I get to help people.

  • Super awesome advice for people doing this!

    • Makaela

      Thank you so much!

  • What a great post for people who are going to be medical professionals. I need to share this with my friends going into this industry.

    • Makaela

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you think it’s so helpful enough to share

  • These are great tips! I have a few friends who could need these in the future!

    • Makaela

      Thank you for reading and passing the information along!

  • I was in a group interview one time and the girl forgot a copy of her resume! I felt embarrassed for her. That’s such an important thing to remember that I feel like most people don’t.

    • Makaela

      Omg yes it’s so simple but yet so important!

  • These are all great tips! A lot of these are great tips for any type of interview as well, especially arriving on time! Even if you’re just 2 minutes late to an interview, it can be a bad reflection on you! So it’s always good to leave plenty of extra time to get to the interview!

    • Makaela

      Yes that’s very true! I didn’t even think about it for a normal interview lol. Being late definitely leaves a bad first impression and we all know how important that is!

  • I couldn’t agree more! Being late for an interview is not a good start at all!

    • Makaela

      Definitely a bad way to start the interview! Thanks for reading!

  • McKenna Bleu

    Great interview tips! I always get so nervous in interviews. Arriving early is definitely important and bringing a copy of your resume with you.

    • Makaela

      Thank you! I’m glad that you agree with me about arriving early and being a copy of your resume

  • I agree that it’s important to keep in mind that more people are watching than you think. From your tour guide to receptionist, they’ll usually get asked for feedback.

    • Makaela

      Yes! It’s crazy to think about but I’m glad that I figured it out before my interview

  • Really great tips! Interviews have always made me so nervous!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    • Makaela

      Thank you! Me too!

  • This sounds so intense but you clearly have it figured out! What great tips and insight!

    • Makaela

      Yes it can be, but I’m glad that the information that I have can help others.