What type of interview should I expect?
The UK College of Pharmacy currently uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). MMIs are a circuit of several interview stations in which the applicant will be given a situation outside the room and asked to respond or perform a task once in the interview room. Each station will last seven minutes with three minutes between each to read the prompt and instructions.
Why are Multiple Mini Interviews used?
When compared to the traditional interview, performance during the MMI better evaluates emotional intelligence in applicants. In addition, there are multiple opportunities for you to exhibit a strong performance and to impress many moderators (interviewers). This leads to a more reliable score for each applicant overall.
What will I be asked and what is being evaluated?
Each situation will evaluate a soft skill that the College of Pharmacy looks for in applicants. These characteristics range from communication skills to critical thinking. You may be asked to discuss a given situation with the moderator or interact with a fellow applicant to accomplish a task. You are not expected to have any clinical knowledge prior to the interview.
Who will be the moderators?
The moderators may be faculty, professional staff, alumni, practitioners or current fourth year student pharmacists. Each moderator will be trained on how to accurately assess applicants during the MMI.
What should I bring on interview day?
A government-issued photo ID is required on interview day. Please keep your belongings to a minimum, as any items brought, including cell phones, will be collected before the interview, then returned afterward.
What should I expect on interview day?
- Brief registration (show your ID)
- Welcome meet and greet
- Multiple Mini Interviews
- Tour of the UK College of Pharmacy
- Information session
The entire interview day will last approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Please note that your interview day may or may not follow the same schedule as noted above.
What can I do to prepare for interview day?
It is difficult to study or “rehearse” questions for the MMI but you can:
- Always bring a positive attitude
- Participate in a mock interview with situational-based questions and strict time frame
- Prepare questions you have about the program
- Familiarize yourself with current topics in pharmacy
- Arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to your assigned time to decrease the potential stress of running late
- Prepare your attire (professional dress is suggested) in advance to avoid a time crunch on interview day or any unexpected issues
- Review your interview invitation e-mail for instructions on parking, etc.
A few hotels located close to the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Many area hotels may offer discounted rates for guests of the University and may offer shuttle service to/from the airport. When making reservations, be sure to ask if they offer a discounted rate for guests of the University of Kentucky.
- Hilton Lexington Suites/Lexington Green: 245 Lexington Green Circle, 40503 (shuttle service provided to and from airport/hotel; connected by walkway to specialty shops and restaurants)
- SpringHill Marriott Suites: 863 South Broadway, 40508 (no shuttle service provided to and from airport/hotel)
- University Inn: 1229 S. Limestone, 40503 (within walking distance to College, but no shuttle service provided to and from airport/hotel)
- Hyatt Regency of Lexington: 401 West High St. 40507 (shuttle service provided to and from airport/hotel)