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"None. They were super friendly and made me feel more confident in the process."
"Keep doing what you're doing!"
"Get more enthusiastic student tour guides! My tour guides were drinking coffees, leaning against walls, and half-heartedly answering questions. They seemed bored!"
"An e-mail confirmation after the interview was scheduled would have been nice."
"1. Email confirmations for scheduled interview.
2. PLEASE take out the lecture given before the clinic tour. At that point I had already been at the school for over 5 hours. Going through a slideshow of optometric equipment was unproductive and not fun at all."
"None! They promptly notify you what portions are missing from your application and are more than happy to assist any one that has concerns with the application at the end of the interview day."
"The admissions office made alot of mistakes when figuring out which documents/classes were still required. They could be a little more careful with this, but otherwise everything else was great! Overall it was a very organized interview process with super friendly faculty/staff"
"Email confirmations for the interview date after scheduling over phone."
"Nothing. The interview was very well-organized!"
"... they did a great job overall. The Admission's staff did a great job for their 1st interview sess"
"How do you manage stress?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me more about your high school experience (I graduated 2 years early)"
"How do you handle different stressors in life and balance all of your responsibilities?"
"Why did you choose the undergraduate school you did?"
"How did you prepare for the OAT?"
"What do you know about NECO?"
"What made you decide optometry?"
"What was your most difficult undergraduate course?"
"What was a time in your life that you failed?"
"Why Optometry? Why NECO?"
"Tell me about yourself. (There was an interview with a faculty member that was one-on-one and another interview that was completely closed file, with a current student from the school) Also, Why NECO?"
"What is the hardest class you took at your undergraduate university, and why was it hard?"
"Why are you interested in optometry?"
"If I had to speak to the admissions committee after this interview, what would you like me to tell them about you? How should I describe you?"
"What about optometry school do you think will be most challenging for you?"
"What are strengths vs weaknesses?"
"Why optometry and what lead you to this decision?"
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"What research experience do you have"
"About my research experience"
"Why do you want to go into optometry? What do you hope to get out of optometry school?"
"Why Optometry and why NECO?"
"What do you consider your worst moment in the past 5 years?"
"Greatest success and failure in the past year?"
"What other optometry schools did you apply to?"
"How was your experience at Albany?"
"What did you learn from you previous work experiences that you can apply to optometry?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How will you adapt to being an optometry student? How do you fit in with NECO? What are your strengths? ( Give examples to be more interesting. They do not usually ask you to elaborate.) How will you contribute to NECO?"
"Describe your time management skills."
"What is a major challenge you have had and how did you deal with it (with either a good or bad outcome)?"
"What important qualities do you think and Optometrist should have?"
"How did you get interested in optometry?"
"What was your least favorite course, and how did you manage to get through it?"
"Do you think your grades reflect your intellectual abilities? When do you think they haven't?"
"What were specific aspects of other optometry schools that you found to be beneficial in your mind?"
"What about optometry excites you?"
"How will I transition to a class size of 130?"
"what motivates you?"
"What does your mom think about you meeting someone in Boston and staying here?"
"How do you feel that you have the resiliency for Optometry School? What was a time that you had to overcome?"
"Asked me about one of my job experiences and gave me a "What if" scenario and wanted to know my thoughts "out of curiosity""
"Tell me why should we accept you? What can you bring to this school?"
"Which other schools are you applying to, and why? (The interviewer then went through each school and mentioned something negative about them)"
"What are your future goals?"
"Was there a time that you got easily frustrated?"
"What is your favorite kind of tea?"
"What frusterates you?"
"what is one thing you want me to remember from this interview?"
"Most were pretty standard"
"talk about a situation where you went above and beyond what was asked of you."
"If I were to use one word to describe you in front of the panel, what would that word be?"
"A question about my personal statement"
"In three minutes, give me .... you?"
"What would you improve about yourself?"
"The questions were all general interview questions. Nothing was particularily difficult or interesting."
"if you had to choose a super power, and your choice was either to fly or be invisible, what would you choose and why?
if you had a patient scheduled for 9, 9:15, 9:30.. and your 9 and 9:15 both showed up late at 9:30, and you 9:30 was on time, but you also had an emergency patient show up at 9:30.. what would you do?
"If you could have any superpower, would you like to fly or be invisible?"
"Most questions were typical. Why optometry, what's the scope of your experience, how did you get through your most difficult class?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Most of their questions are off a standard list and they won't ask things if you've already covered it in your application."
"All were basic/simple"
"I was suprised to hear you crochet hats?"
"I was asked about what I do to keep balanced. They noticed that I usually had taken a pilates or yoga class and said that it was important to exercise and remember to take care of myself. I thought that this was a great sign that each student is seen as an individual with unique needs to balance."
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