Practice questions

general interview questions

  • What are two of your strengths?
  • Who has influenced you the most?
  • Do you have any volunteer experience? Discuss.

medical related questions

  • Imagine you’re working as a resident in a hospital. What role do you see yourself fulfilling as a part of this kind of team?
  • What’s the biggest challenge in healthcare today? How do we solve it?
  • What would your solution be to the doctor shortage in rural areas?

pharmacy related questions

  • When did you decide pharmacy was a good career choice for you?
  • If we had only one spot left in pharmacy school and a dozen qualified applicants, why should we give that spot to you and not them?
  • What do you see as the most critical issues in pharmacy today?

ethical questions

  • What would you do if your mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness around the same time as your final medical examinations?
  • If you were a doctor and an underage girl asked you for the Pill, and she did not want to tell her parents, what would you do?
  • What would you do if a person came in the pharmacy asking for syringes without a prescription? Would you give it to them knowing they might use it for illegal purposes?

critical thinking questions

  • If you could recommend one book for the whole world to read what would it be and why?
  • Talk about a time when you had to overcome major obstacles.
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way?

collaboration questions

  • Without using your hands, explain how to tie shoe laces.
  • Without telling the other candidate in the room what you are designing (eg., a computer, a cell phone, a car, an airplane, etc.), describe the various steps involved.
  • When you enter the room there will be a sheet of paper in front of you. On the other side of the room there is another candidate who will provide you with instructions regarding how to turn this paper into an origami (paper folding) project. Do not look at the other candidate until told that you can do so.

problem solving questions

  • Describe how you handled a problem relationship with someone at school or work.
  • You and three other people were shipwrecked and are stranded on a deserted island with little food and clothing to protect against the elements. Describe what you did to survive this ordeal until you were rescued.
  • You are attending a conference in Hamilton, Ontario. You take a day trip to Toronto with a group of colleagues. One of your colleagues, who has never been to Toronto before, becomes separated from the rest of the group while at the Metro Toronto Zoo. What actions would you take?

role plays scenarios

  • You are backing out of your driveway when you hit your neighbor’s expensive sports car. Your neighbor, who is standing outside on his porch, becomes visibly upset and approaches you. Unfortunately, you do not currently have the means to pay for repairs to this vehicle. Proceed into the room.
  • You are a cardiologist at a local hospital, who just finished a shift and has a tight run to your daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. As you headed off to the door, Mark, a patient who knew you well, saw you from the waiting room and grabbed your attention. “Doctor! I have a bad chest pain. Please stay for a bit. I’ll feel much better if you were here.”
    Enter the waiting room and talk to Mark.
  • Victoria has known Leanne since 3rd grade. She has covered for Leanne several times, saying that they are having a sleep-over when in fact Leanne has been staying with her boyfriend. Victoria no longer wants to lie and feels used in this situation. Role-play a conversation between Victoria and Leanne, you are Victoria.