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"Keep up the good work."
"Nothing really, I thought the interview process went really smoothly."
"Maybe be a little friendlier. The woman who spoke with me about having all of the materials for my application seemed a little rude at times. everyone else was nice."
"I loved the admissions office"
"I am not sure what can be done but there was a lot of waiting around where I felt like I got more and more nervous about the interview."
"Nothing much. All was well."
"notify acceptance by e-mail in addition to sending a hard copy through snail mail. The wait feels like forever"
"Everyone were super nice, even better than I expected. I wish I had more time to talk to the admissi"
"Keep up the good work!"
"The process is unnecessarily drawn out."
"What is your journey in determining that optometry was for you and why optometry?"
"What are some volunteer work you've done?"
"Why certain sections of my OAT were below average"
"Explain the trend in your grades."
"How do you relieve stress? Time management skill? How did you study for the OAT? How do your parents feel about you moving to Chicago?"
"What was your favourite course that you've taken and why? At what point did you know you wanted to do optometry? What can you bring to the school community? Where are you from? What do you like to do for fun?"
"Why would you want to put yourself through this rigorous program?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What is a progression of your interest in optometry?"
"Explain the trend in your grades. How do you feel about your OAT scores? What other schools did you apply to?"
"I see that you applied to many different colleges that are so different, so I'm wondering why you did that?"
"Where do you see yourself practicing?"
"Why major in biological sciences? So many other students major in this."
"Why Optometry? Why ICO?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"(All the obvious ones were asked; why optometry? Why ICO? They also referenced my personal statement and asked me specific questions about something I mentioned in it, so know that really well.) How did you manage your time? "
"When did you get to Chicago?"
"It was conversational... nothing too challenging"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"What made you interested in optometry?"
"Can you handle our course work?"
"I recall the entire interview consisting of two structured questions, with one of them being "Do you have any questions?". It was very chill, definitely not stressful if you sincerely want to be an opt. "
"Do you want to do a residency? What do you know about our residency program?"
"Tell me about yourself?
What quantitative skills do you have?
Why weren’t you a full time student during certain semester?
What do you know about optometry?
"I will just list all the questions asked, including in the one-on-one file review with an admissions counselor and one-on-one interview with faculty. "
"Tell me about yourself."
"When did you get here?"
"Describe the trend of your grades and are your grades and OAT representative of your work?"
"Why did you move to Florida?"
"So tell me why you wanted to do optometry."
"How would you describe the trend of your grades?"
"What did you enjoy about your high school experience?"
"How did you choose optometry?"
"If you are accepted, where do you plan to live when you graduate opt. school, and why?"
"Why do you want to come to ICO?"
"What challenges will optometrists be facing in the future?"
"So where's your suit?"
"Tell me about your undergrad experience."
"which class in college did you dislike the most? "
"Why do you want to be an optometrist ?"
"What did you think of PCO?"
"Why do you want to go into optometry?"
"Why do you want to be an optometrist"
"Why do you want to become an optometrist?"
"What are the positive and negative aspects about yourself?"
"''What kinds of things did you do to prepare for the OAT?''"
"Class you like and one you disliked."
"How does my family feel about me moving to Chicago?"
"If your house was on fire what would you take with you?"
"You seem like you're very involved, how would you deal with the transition once you're in optometry school?"
"If you were to encounter a personal tragedy during your time here at ICO, how would you deal with it and how would you prevent it from affecting your studies?"
"When you were in college did you live on campus or at home? Did you live on-campus all your school years?"
"What are you looking for in an optometry school?"
"Start with when you were in high school, go up through undergrad, volunteering, and working experience and pretty much just discuss how you got here today."
"Do you have family in Chicago"
"give 3 reasons why ico should choose you over others."
"what do you do in your free time?"
"How do you see yourself practicing in the future?"
"There are three schools in California, why did you bypass those three schools? Why not Berkeley?"
"Why optometry? (Felt like I could really share with the interviewer my reasons)"
"Is there a specialty you would like to go into?"
"Name one person who has influenced you the most"
"Something random about one of the activities I mentioned participating in."
"Nothing really out of the ordinary. There were no trick questions. I think the question regarding why I withdrew was the most detailed question I had in any of my interviews."
"How do you feel about the big age gaps between your siblings?"
"Everything very basic."
"Tell me more about your research. "
"I believe I asked more questions than they did. "
"The truth is that you need to understand that each question should be geared toward your showing them that you are interested in optometry."
"why were you a parttime student?"
"Honestly...the interviewer will probably read your personal statement 15 minutes before your interview. Have this work FOR you. Read and re-read your essay 1000000 times. Be consistent, but not verbatim. They want to make sure your experiences were real and worthwhile. "
"What's your favorite book?"
"How have your parents/family supported you throughout this process?"
"none, very straight forward"
"What will you do if we accepted you?"
"If you had to tell a patient bad news, how would you go about it."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you plan to practice?"
"Tell me about how your nontraditional majors (French and Art History) relate to the field of Optometry?"
"Where is and why did you attend your college?"
"None, really :) They're all pretty straight-forward."
"I don't even recall many questions as the whole interview was like a long conversation. "
"How would I describe the trend of my grades?"
"What did you like about your high school years?"
"Why do you want to do research and not just be an optometrist?"
"What was your most rewarding experience in college?"
"What are your main hobbies/interests?"
"What is your philosophy on embracing diversity in the workplace?"
"What are some of the challenges you that are going to face optometrists in the future?"
"So if you're parents are from Nebraska, then why are they Bears fans?"
"Specifics about what I do at work (I'm an optometric assistant).
and probably what classes I liked the least/most."
"Why did you take the OATs twice? "
"This interviewer's style was so informal that for me it was pretty much just a conversation, so no questions really stand out. "
"Why should you be accepted at ICO?"
"Are you interested in doing a residency?"
"What is rodeo?"
"Which class I had in undergrad which I was genuinely interested in but felt it did not meet my expectations at the end."
"What is/or are your greatest accomplishments?"
"Most of the questions were pretty standard, ''why do you want to be an optometrist'' etc. It was realy more of a conversation. I think I asked my interviewer more questions than she asked me!"
"If tell the admissions committee three things about myself before they made their decision, what would it be?"
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