Interviews are an important component of the PharmD admissions process in that they provide an assessment of non-academic qualities essential for candidates to effectively undertake the PharmD curriculum and subsequently become valued front-line healthcare professionals.
Video-enabled Interviewing Platform
Eligible applicants, who meet the Academic requirements and CASPer Test thresholds, will be invited to complete an online, asynchronous interview, using a video-enabled interviewing platform. This interview will require video, written (typed) and multiple choice question responses. The interview date is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022 (specific time TBA – will be maximum 2.5 h, beginning at a specified time between 0600 and 1800 h Eastern Time Zone). This will be the only interview date – no alternative dates or times will be offered. Please hold this date in anticipation of being an eligible applicant. All applicants will be notified by the first week of March regarding their eligibility to proceed to the online interview stage. At that time additional details will be made available including details related to technical requirements.
The online interview is conducted through an online platform for video interviews and written responses, using cloud-based technology to store data. You will be shown video questions, pre-recorded by our Faculty and you will reply with timed video responses. There will also be one or more questions requiring a written (typed) response, thus enabling assessment of written communication skills. There will also be a selection of multiple-choice questions to which you must respond.
A minimum threshold in the online interview must be met for candidates to proceed to final selections. However, no feedback or information is provided to individual candidates regarding their interview rating or performance.
Work experience, or other kinds of exposure (e.g. volunteer experience) in a Pharmacy setting, personal statements, or other such criteria are not requirements. Candidates who do have direct Pharmacy exposure might have a better understanding of the profession and whether they are suited to it. However, you can get an understanding of the profession, and how it fits in with other health care professions, in a modern North-American society, in other ways. When applying to Pharmacy you should be familiar with how the health system works, and the place of pharmacists within that system, as well as how you are suited to be an effective pharmacist in the future. Those who have more experience in general (work, volunteer etc.) may have more insights to draw on for purposes of answering interview questions, but work or volunteer experience is not a requirement.