MPharm Selection Interview - Candidate Information
As explained in the Admission Policy Statement for Pharmacy, should you be selected for Stage 2 of the admissions process for the MPharm programme at Queen's University, you will be invited to attend an interview which aims to objectively evaluate your suitability for the programme.
The interview will take place online and will be comprised of a circuit containing six stations, with each station involving a different situational or behavioural scenario. This means that you will be given information about a scenario and asked a question in relation to it, which you will respond to during that station.
You must agree to keep the content and nature of the interview stations confidential; any breach of this will be treated extremely seriously, and may jeopardise your place on the programme. This includes sharing information about the interview via social media and messaging apps, talking to other people about the interview so as to provide them with information about the questions, etc.
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Self-motivated learning
- Effective communication
- Professionalism and integrity
- Resilience and adaptability
The information within this page explains what you can expect from your interview. Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information that you may find helpful.
If you are invited to attend an interview for the Pharmacy degree programme at Queen's, this will be communicated to you via email (to the same address which you've used for the purposes of your UCAS application, etc.), which will note information including the date(s) on which your interview will take place.
Interviews will take place from early-December to mid-April, and will be scheduled to commence throughout the interview days (Monday to Friday) between 9am to 5pm (UK time).
You will need to confirm your attendance before attending your interview - details of how to do this, including the deadline by which you should respond, will be included in the interview invitation email. This is important, because if you do not confirm your attendance by the deadline noted, you will be removed from the interview process, and your application for the course will not be progressed. Confirmation of your interview date and time, and a link to join the online interview will be provided after you have confirmed your attendance. Normally, it will not be possible to offer you an alternative interview session (for more information, please refer to the "What happens if I can’t or don’t attend the interview session that I have been assigned to because of an exceptional circumstance?" information below).
THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
Interviews will take place online via the Zoom web conferencing platform. During the interview, all applicants are required to complete six stations. At each station, an assessor (who is highly trained and experienced within the area of pharmacy) will describe a scenario and ask you a question about that scenario. The scenarios will take one of two formats, namely situational or behavioural.
The assessor can repeat information about the station scenario and question if requested, but cannot provide additional information or prompt you in relation to the answer that you should give. This is to ensure that all applicants are given the same information, and that the process is fully fair and transparent.
At each station, you will have five minutes in total to listen to the assessor, think about your answer, and provide a verbal response. You might find it helpful to make some written notes while you are thinking about your answer – you can also take some time to consider your response before providing it, but remember that thinking time is included in the five minutes station time. You will be provided with a prompt to inform you when there is one minute of time left within each station. Please note that all stations will end after the allotted five minutes, even if you have not yet provided an answer, or have not completed your answer.
You may notice that the assessor is writing or typing while you are talking. This is because each assessor will be scoring you as you complete the station. This is totally normal, so don’t let this distract you.
A fast and stable internet connection, and a working camera, microphone, and speakers are required to allow you to undertake your interview, so please ensure that you have made plans to access these resources in advance of attending the interview session or the process will be extremely stressful. Your school or college may be able to help if you don’t have a reliable internet connection, etc. at home. Ahead of attending your interview session, please ensure your device is fully charged (or better, is connected to a charger) if required, and that the latest version of the Zoom client is installed. The web/browser-based version of the platform should not be used, as this does not offer the full functionality required.Install the latest version of Zoom
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
You should ensure that you have adequately tested your equipment before your interview session takes place. You should ensure that your camera is working - if it's not, you'll not be able to complete the interview, even if your microphone is working properly, as it will not be possible to identify you.
You should not blur your background and you should ensure that your background is appropriate for sharing on camera. If your background is blurred or considered inappropriate, you will not be permitted to complete the interview.
You MUST not have anyone else in the room and/or interact with any other person in any way (including speaking/communicating with them or looking to them) apart from your assessors during your interview. Interacting with another person within the room that you are in, or via an electronic device, etc. will raise concerns that the responses provided are not your own and may put your offer for a place on the MPharm degree programme at risk. Further, the use of any form of artificial intelligence (AI) tool to assist you in any way during your interview is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
You should also ensure that you are undertaking your interview in a quiet space, free of distractions, such that you can hear and be heard clearly, and so that you can effectively think about each of the questions – this is something which you should consider as you plan for the interview. Your school or college may be able to help if you don’t have a quiet space, etc. at home. Regardless of the location you’ll use to undertake your interview, you should take steps to ensure that you are not interrupted during your interview session – this could include asking friends/family/classmates/teachers not to disturb you, or placing a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door of the room where you will be located, etc.
You will need to complete an ID check on joining the online interview session, and during each interview station. You will be asked to hold your ID up to the camera on your device such that your identity can be verified. Only the following forms of photographic identification will be accepted, and you should ensure that you have one of these with you at all times during your interview:
- Driving licence/provisional driving licence
- Current student card
- National identity card
Should you not be in possession of one of these forms of identification, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing MPharmAdmissions@qub.ac.uk.
Please ensure that the lighting in the room in which you will carry out the interview is appropriate so that you can be seen clearly for your ID checks, and during the interview itself.
✓ Confirm your attendance
✓ Be ready to deal with situational and behavioural scenarios (see the sample interview stations for more guidance and advice)
✓ Ensure you have the technology requirements
✓ Test your equipment before the interview
✓ Ensure you have an appropriate form of photographic identification with you during the interview
Initially, you will join a Zoom meeting, where you will be checked in by the School of Pharmacy Administration Team. If you do not join your interview session at the required time, you will be removed from the interview session. Normally it will not be possible to offer you another interview session (refer to the "What happens if I can’t or don’t attend the interview session that I have been assigned to because of an exceptional circumstance?" and "What if I’m unwell or something happens which might affect my performance on the interview day?" sections below for further guidance).
Once check in is complete, you will be moved into a breakout room within the Zoom meeting, and you will then remain in that breakout room for the duration of your interview. You will meet six separate assessors, one for each station, in your breakout room. Each assessor will check your ID, describe the scenario and ask a question about it. Each station will be timed, and both you and your assessor will be notified when there is one minute of time remaining – a message will be broadcast into your breakout room – should you need to, you will also be able to ask each assessor how much time you have remaining during each station. Once the five minutes is complete, the assessor will leave your breakout room, and a new assessor will enter soon after. This process will continue until you have completed all six stations, at which point the interview will be complete, and you will be instructed to leave the call.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES
You will be given an emergency phone number to contact should you experience any technical difficulties during your interview. This number will be emailed to you before your interview session takes place. Please ensure that you take a note of this number in case you need to contact us during your interview.
The format of this example is a situational scenario. The applicant tells the assessor how they would react in the following situation:
“You are working in a group to complete an important project with a deadline in the next few weeks. One of the group is not contributing to the project and it is causing problems with relationships within the group. How would you manage this situation?”
Professional values and attributes being assessed (seen by the assessor only):
- Effective communication
- Professionalism and integrity
A good answer might include the following aspects in relation to the values and attributes which are being assessed:
- Effective communication: The applicant might tell the assessor about a clear plan which involves communicating with all group members to find out and understand what is happening
- Professionalism and integrity: The applicant might tell the assessor that a professional approach is to speak to the group member first to find out what is going on. The applicant might tell the assessor that this issue could impact everyone’s work
- Person-centred: The applicant might tell the assessor that there could be a reason why the group member is not contributing to the project.
A poor answer might include the following which relate to the specific values or attributes:
- Effective communication: The applicant might struggle to tell the assessor their plan, which would demonstrate a poor understanding of the question
- Professionalism and integrity: The applicant might ignore the situation and not try to find out what is going on with the group member. The applicant might not fully acknowledge the impact this is having on everyone’s work
- Person-centred: The applicant might tell the assessor that the issue is with the group member being, for example, lazy or badly organised and suggest an approach around reporting the group member to someone
Click the images below to watch two versions of a simulated interview with an applicant giving a very high scoring answer and a low scoring answer during this station. In the ‘low scoring answer’ example, the applicant demonstrates poor use of non-verbal methods of communication in addition to giving a poor verbal answer. The applicant is also wearing casual attire rather than professional attire as recommended (see the "How should I dress for the interview?" section below for more information). Remember that you will be required to show appropriate photographic identification to the assessor during each interview station.
Text transcripts of these videos can be downloaded in PDF format using the links below: