Interview Practice

Preparing for your admission interview

Review CAPE's educational outcomes

Consider reviewing the educational outcomes developed by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) for information on the traits that will be assessed during your admission interview at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. These are the educational outcomes on which our curriculum has been developed and the standards for the pharmacy profession.

Review these interview practice questions

You communicated your skills, qualifications and motivations in your application to get invited to the interview. Now you must present your case verbally and communicate why you believe you are a qualified candidate for Binghamton's pharmacy school and the profession of pharmacy. Before any interview, practice talking about your experience, motivation, skills, accomplishments and career goals.

  • Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
  • Tell me about yourself and how you have prepared for pharmacy school.
  • Describe your related experience.
  • When did you first decide on pharmacy as a profession? What or who influenced you?
  • What qualities do you have to be a good pharmacist?
  • How has your education and experience prepared you for pharmacy school?
  • What challenges do you anticipate during pharmacy school? during your career?
  • What will you do if you do not get into pharmacy school? What is your second career choice?
  • What changes would you like to see made in the current healthcare delivery system?
  • What factors have influenced your decision to attend pharmacy school?
  • What type of pharmacy career path do you want to pursue?
  • What has been your biggest challenge in preparing for pharmacy school?
  • How did you choose your undergraduate school and your major?
  • What was your role and contribution in the research project you participated in?
  • Describe your greatest strengths and skills. Give me detailed examples of each one.
  • Describe what you are doing to improve two of your weaknesses. Be specific.
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate potential pharmacy schools?
  • Why do you want to go to Binghamton's pharmacy school? What do you know about this school?
  • How did the pharmacists you volunteered with/shadowed influence your outlook on pharmacy?
  • If you observed a fellow student cheating, what would you do? Why does it matter?
  • What regrets do you have about your college education and experience up until now?
  • What do you consider to be some of the most pressing issues in healthcare and pharmacy today?
  • What resources do you read and use to keep current on the trends in healthcare and pharmacy?
  • What is your opinion on ___? (various topics and issues in pharmacy and healthcare)
  • Do you have any questions you would like to ask? (always have questions to ask)
  • Is there anything else you want to tell the admissions committee?
  • Why should we admit you? What makes you a strong candidate for our pharmacy school? 

Review these behavioral-based interview questions

Behavioral-based interviews involve questions asking you for examples of past situations demonstrating you have the skills, competencies and behaviors a pharmacy school wants to find in candidates. Interviewers ask for examples of past situations with positive or negative results and want you to describe the situation, your actions, any challenges or problems you faced and the outcome. This interview questioning style focuses on evaluating past behaviors to predict future behaviors and your potential for success. Identify specific situations where you demonstrated the required competencies, skills and qualifications required for admissions.

  • Describe an accomplishment. What did you do to make that happen? Be specific.
  • Tell me about a time you performed well in a stressful situation. What did you do?
  • Tell me what you did in your most recent volunteer experience to be effective. What challenges did you have to overcome? What did you contribute? What did you learn?
  • Tell me about a time when you were (or you were not) satisfied with your performance.
  • Tell me about a time you believe you made a difference with a patient. What type of challenges did you face? What did you do? What did you contribute to the situation?
  • Describe a problem you had in a healthcare setting. How did you go about solving it?
  • Describe a time when you worked on a team. What was your role and contribution?  
  • Describe a time when you volunteered or worked as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Describe your role, your contributions and any challenges you faced.
  • Tell me about a situation when you were part of a team and a team member was not performing their role as expected. What did you do? What were the results?
  • Describe a time you successfully managed multiple tasks. How did you prioritize?
  • Describe a recent problem you attempted to solve using a systematic and logical process.
  • Tell me how you handled a conflict with a coworker. What did you learn from that?
  • Tell me about a weakness you used to have. What did you do to improve that skill?
  • Describe a time when you did (or did not) perform well in a stressful situation.
  • Tell me about a time when you made suggestions for improving a process or procedure.
  • Tell me about a time when you took the initiative and went beyond what was expected of you in order to complete a work project or class assignment.
  • Tell me about a time when you utilized good listening skills and empathy.
  • Describe a time when you effectively interacted with people from diverse backgrounds in a healthcare environment. What were the challenges and how did you handle them?
  • Give me an example of a time you were faced with an ethical decision.