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Top 30 University of Charleston Pharmacy School Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
At University of Charleston we look for students who have a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most, about working in the field of pharmacy?
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Question 2 of 31
It is important that University of Charleston exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into pharmacy this year?
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"Should I not be accepted into your pharmaceutical program the first time, I plan to reapply the following year. I would take the year to upgrade any required courses and prepare an even stronger application. My life's goal is to become a pharmacist and I certainly won't take one rejection as a final answer."
The interviewers want to know that you have thought out all options, and scenarios, in the event that you are not accepted to University of Charleston.

The way that you answer this question will also show the interviewers that you have an interest in pharmacology that goes deeper than your acceptance into their school.

If you are not accepted, show that you will then take a different path, as a pharmaceutical assistant or pharmaceutical sales representative, for instance.

Or, you can let the interviewers know that one rejection won't stop you at all! Talk about your plan to reapply, if rejected.

Whatever the path you would choose, it's important you show the interviewers that you have confidence, and drive. It'll take more than one rejection to keep you down!

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Question 3 of 31
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing pharmacists, today?
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"I feel that the most concerning issue in the pharmaceutical industry is the continual rise of drug prices. The best medications should be accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial or social status, and there has been a rising concern with big pharma creating drugs and then pricing them so high that they are unattainable to most. What do you feel are the most concerning issues facing the pharmaceutical industry today?"
Being an aspiring student means that you need to take a keen interest in current events by closely following the challenges the pharmaceutical industry faces. The interviewers want to see that your interest is deep and that you spend time learning, and understanding, the challenges you will face in your future career as a pharmacist.

Discuss what you feel to be a primary concerning issue, and be sure to ask the interviewers what they personally see as the most concerning issue in the field of pharmacology today. This is an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

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Question 4 of 31
Tuition at University of Charleston is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs, and beyond?
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"I have been making arrangements for many years to afford attendance at University of Charleston. My finances are in good order."
The interviewers want to be assured that you will be able to afford the tuition associated with University of Charleston. Medical school is an investment and you need to be sure that you can handle the financial requirements associated with your acceptance. Keep your answer brief, and to the point. Simply let the interviewers know that you have a solid financial plan for your pharmaceutical schooling.

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Question 5 of 31
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
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"I am very proud of my achievements during my undergrad education. Those courses added so much value that I will bring to my graduate program. My best grades were always in my chemistry courses. I feel that I excelled in these because they are related to pharmacology, which I have an incredibly strong interest in. As far as areas of improvement, I think that I can better myself in terms of time management. I overextended myself last semester with volunteer opportunities and my study time suffered slightly. Now that I have identified the reason behind my time management challenges, I will only see improvement, moving forward."
The interviewers want to know how your undergraduate program has prepared you for attending pharmaceutical studies at University of Charleston. Discuss what interested you the most, and where you had the biggest challenges. While attending undergraduate studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to your time at University of Charleston.

Think about what you learned:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation

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Question 6 of 31
Why should we accept you over another pharmacy student with the same qualifications?
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Question 7 of 31
What do you feel is the single most important quality a pharmacist should possess?
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Question 8 of 31
At University of Charleston we believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
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Question 9 of 31
Talk to us about your current GPA.
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Question 10 of 31
What is your favorite area of pharmacology so far? Which is your least favorite? Why?
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Question 11 of 31
If you could meet anyone in the history of medicine, who would you choose and why?
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Question 12 of 31
What questions do you have for us about University of Charleston?
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Question 13 of 31
What do you know about University of Charleston?
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Question 14 of 31
Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on while attending University of Charleston.
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Question 15 of 31
What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to University of Charleston?
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Question 16 of 31
Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.
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Question 17 of 31
What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to becoming a pharmacist?
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Question 18 of 31
What are you reading right now?
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Question 19 of 31
What other medical schools have you applied to and where does University of Charleston rank?
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Question 20 of 31
Which newspapers, journals or publications do you read to stay in touch with new pharmaceutical discoveries, and current events?
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Question 21 of 31
How would you react if you discovered a classmate cheating?
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Question 22 of 31
How does your family feel about you attending medical school? Do you have a great deal of support?
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Question 23 of 31
How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?
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Question 24 of 31
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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Question 25 of 31
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
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Question 26 of 31
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 27 of 31
What are your thoughts on alternative medicine? Which aspects do you agree and disagree with?
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Question 28 of 31
Explain your understanding of the day to day responsibilities of a pharmacist.
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Question 29 of 31
How did you prepare for the PCAT?
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Question 30 of 31
How does your learning style fit with the teaching methods at University of Charleston?
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Question 31 of 31
Prescription drug abuse is a widespread issue. How will you recognize the signs of drug abuse in your customers? How would you handle a situation like this?
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