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Here's a Mock Residency Interview to Help You Prepare

Here's a Mock Residency Interview to Help You Prepare

I have written many times before that a residency interview is one of the most draining things a student pharmacist can go through. 

I remember my first interview. I literally had to walk a mile from the metro station in about 3 inches of snow (and I was barefoot of course. And I went up hill, both ways. Also it was more like 12 feet of snow. And there were ninjas and feral raccoons attacking me...).

I showed up promptly at 8:30 am (meaning I left my apartment at about 7:30). 

Even for an early riser like me, that's much too early to eat breakfast. So I came in hungry. 

I then proceeded to sit through what I affectionately call "The Inquisition." A non-stop interrogation-style interview until 2:00 pm. No breaks. No lunch. Just some sips of water here and there. 

I was spent after that. And I had 2 more interviews that week. I was fed and given coffee during those interviews, but at the price of the interview lasting a few hours longer.  

After I was all done and finally matched, the only thought going through my head was:

“Man...I’m SO glad I don’t have to go through that ever again!”
— Brandon after finishing his residency interviews


There I found myself on a December evening a few weeks ago going through a residency interview with Tony Guerra, host of the Pharmacy Leaders Podcast.

As a tool to help you with your own residency interviews, we did a mini "mock interview" live on his show. I didn't know what questions I would be asked, and I didn't have any responses prepared. 

But (if I do say so myself), a lot of valuable stuff was said that night. So I thought I'd share it with you all.

If you're going through a residency interview (or really, if you're going through ANY job interview), you will learn some useful lessons in this show, I promise.

You'll hear examples of some of the most common interview questions, what the question is REALLY asking you, and how to answer it. 

You can check it out here: 



PS: If you're interested in more, this isn't the first time I've been on Tony's show. You can listen to Part I of the above interview (where I talk about what to do and what NOT to do at an interview) here:

You can also hear some residency application advice from me here:

And finally, I'd be completely remiss if I didn't tell you about Interview Mastery--Our guide to going full out "Rockstar Status" at your next interview. Check it out here: 

How to Ace Your Residency Interviews

How to Ace Your Residency Interviews

New FDA Approval: Vabomere

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