■ Personality related
What qualities do you possess that would make you a good resident?
What qualities would you like to improve on as a resident?
What are your short-term (e.g., 2–5 years) and long-term goals (e.g., 10 years)?
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Do you prefer to work individually or as part of a group?
Describe a difficult situation you encountered and how you handled it.
If you had to critique your own performance, where could you improve?
What do you think is your greatest strength?
Tell me about a time you failed and what you learned from it.
Tell me about a time that, despite your efforts, did not have a favorable outcome and what you learned from it.
Tell me a good joke.
• If you could only save three possessions from a house fire, what would they be?
Describe a situation in your professional career where you felt stressed or encountered conflict. How did you handle the situation?
What do you like to do for fun?
How do you manage or relieve stress?
Why are you the best candidate for this program?
What motivates you?
Who inspires you?
How would you adjust to the weather (cold or warm)?
■ Professionally related
Why did you choose a career as a pharmacist?
Why do you want to do a residency?
Why are you interested in our program? versus Why did you choose to apply to this program?
Where do you see yourself after completing the residency?
What areas of pharmacy most interest you?
Are you considering a postgraduate year-2 (PGY-2) residency or fellowship? If so, in what specialty?
Teach me something in 2 minutes.
Describe how pharmacy practice is changing and what you see as being relevant for the future.
What do you see as the largest challenge for the pharmacy profession right now?
What is the single most important facet of interpersonal communication?
Tell me something that is current in pharmacy.
At what time would you expect to start and end your day as a resident?
Describe your experiences as a member of an interprofessional team.
What can you offer our program that other applicants cannot?
Would you consider yourself to be innovative? Why or why not?
Are you an introvert or an extrovert and how does that impact your approach to direct patient care?
How do you envision the role of the pharmacist in the patient-centered medical home?
How has technology and automation impacted the profession?
Given (example scenario), how would you approach the situation?
• Describe your time- and project-management skills.
Describe a leadership role that you held. What impact did you have on the organization that you led?
How do you define Medication Therapy Management?
Define and describe the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process.
What is your definition of transition of care? Describe the role of the pharmacist in transition of care.
What is your definition of a clinical pharmacist?
What was your favorite advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) and why?
How could you have improved your least favorite APPE?
Describe your favorite or most memorable patient.
Describe your most memorable experiences from APPEs.
If I were to ask preceptor X to describe you, what words would he or she use?
Who was your favorite preceptor and why?
Describe or discuss the most interesting medical journal article you have recently read.
Why are critical thinking skills an important quality in a clinician?
Describe a conflict with a preceptor or another member of the healthcare team (e.g., attending physician, intern resident, nurse) and how you approached and resolved the conflict.
Describe the most significant contribution you made to a patient’s care this past year.
Source: Some questions are from Mancuso C, Paloucek F. Understanding and preparing for pharmacy practice residency interviews. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2004;61(16):1686-1689. ©2004, ASHP. All rights reserved. Adapted with permission.
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