How many people interviewed you?
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"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?"
"Where there any setbacks in you schooling that you feel you need to explain?"
"How have you fostered teamwork in a group setting?"
"What does it mean to be a part of a team? A leader?"
"Give an example of when you were a group leader?"
"Based on my essays, I was asked "Tell me a little more about your family""
"Do you think volunteering is important?"
"Tell us about your veterinary experiences."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?"
"How do you feel about Trap Neuter Release?"
"What are some strengths of yours? Weaknesses?"
"Are you a competitive person? Do you think the Veterinary profession is competitive?"
"What is a strength of yours?"
"What is your best quality"
"Tell us about your undergraduate studies and your favorite class."
"What is your favorite Disney movie?"
"Name a time you made a difficult decision, and would you change your decision if you could?"
"There is a student that always shows up late to class, makes a lot of noise and walks all the way to a table at the front of the room. They often have phone interruptions as well. This person is very distracting to you and others in the classroom. What do you do about it?"
"What will you do if you do not get admitted into veterinary school this year?"
"Tell us about your undergraduate experience, vet experiences, etc."
"Discuss your undergraduate experience and your favorite class."
"What is something that you do that is completely selfless? It may have had to be an answer that was not animal related, but I can't remember specifically."
"What is a goal you set for yourself (other than vet school) and how have you worked to reach it?"
"Are you familiar with PETA? Do you think there is a difference between animal welfare and animal rights? What are your opinions on research animals? What do you think of animals used for cosmetics testing?"
"Tell me about your undergrad - which school you went to, your activities, your favorite class, and your least favorite class."
"What would you do if you never got into veterinary school? aka other career options"
"You are the president of SCAVMA. You have $1000 to give and 3 groups asking for the money- one group would like to pay a speaker to come to speak to the class, one group wants to have a social and the 3rd group wants to throw a banquet for the seniors. Each thing costs $500- what do you do?"
"if you were the president of the freshman class and you saw a group of your friends and other students cheating on an exam how would you handle it?"
"If your technician gives too much antibiotic to an animal under your care and it will cause the animal to go into renal failure, what would you do about, telling the client, helping the animal, and what would you do about the technician?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"You are President of the student body at UF CVM. Every year, there is a senior social, an awards ceremony, and a famous guest speaker event. You only have enough money for two out of these three events. Which one do you cut and why?"
"They didn't start with the dreaded open-ended "Tell us about yourself". Instead, they asked me to start off by talking about where I go to school. My favorite class, etc."
"What were your favorite and least favorite classes in undergrad?"
"An owner brings in a pet that they want to euthanize because it has been pooping in the house. You discuss other options with them, and they still want to euthanize. What do you do?"
"Define teamwork. When have you worked to foster teamwork in a group setting?"
"All of my questions were exactly from the questions posted here (not all were asked due to time constraints)."
"What does commitment mean to you? Give a time when you had to break a commitment?"
"Name a time when you had to take charge of a situation you shouldn't have had to take charge of."
"Do you think there is a difference between animal rights and animal welfare? If so, explain why."
"What does commitment mean to you? Give an example of a time you had to break a commitment."
"How much do you expect to be in debt? (Followed by: What is the average starting salary for a veterinarian? )"
"What do you think of cosmetic procedures for animals? (ear cropping, tail docking, declawing, etc.)"
"What is your definition of happiness?"
"Behavioral interview - be prepared for questions like "Tell us about your proudest moment" or "Name a time when you had to come up with a creative solution to a problem"."
"Name 2 accomplishments in your life that you are most proud of."
"Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you do your undergraduate degree? What kind of veterinary experience do you have?"
"What would you do if a client wanted you to euthanize a healthy, young, non-aggressive pet?"
"Name a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in."
"Describe a time when you had to stand up for what you believed in."
"If you don't get into veterinary school, what are your plans?"
"Name a class or two that you really enjoyed or struggled with."
"What did you major in? Why?"
"What is prodest moment?"
"If a client wanted to euthanize a dog just for his/her convenience, would you do it? If you didn't want to do it, but your boss wanted to, what would you do? (other typical q's)"
"What is the biggest goal you have set for yourself?"
"Describe a time when you had to work with someone that you didn't get along with."
"Describe One Health"
"What is your understanding of the different fields you can go into in veterinary medicine? And also where do you see yourself working in?"
"What do you think are the most important characteristics for a veterinarian?"
"What is your leadership style? (I'm a delegator apparently)"
"Tell us about your non-veterinary experiences"
"What would you do if an vet intern under your care seriously injured an animal, caused it to be permanently damaged, and the owner of the animal planned to sued you? (really put me on my toes)"
"Tell us about the mustangs in the Midwest."
"What is a defining moment that has made you 'you'"
"What would you would bring to your class if admitted?"
"Name a mistake you've made."
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?"
"What jobs have you worked outside of veterinary medicine?"
"Tell me about a role model"
"Tell us about your favorite class during undergrad."
"What is a quality you need to work on or wish you didn't have"
"What is your opinion on declawing cats? What would you do if a client wanted to you declaw their cat?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Name a goal you have set for yourself and not achieved."
"Are there any vets you have worked for that you see as a role model? How about a non-vet?"
"Tell us about your undergraduate experiences, your favorite class, etc."
"How you would fund-raise if you were president of the class"
"How did you interact with your community while in undergrad."
"What is your opinion about terminal surgeries? How would you feel about a classmate that chose not to participate? They didn't call it "terminal surgery", but after the interviewer described the situation I asked for clarification on a few points and that was what she meant."
"What is your leadership style?"
""Are you interested in small animal or large animal?" I answered large animal, so they then asked "Do you know the average salary for a large animal vet?" I answered yes, as most of my professors have told me as a LA theriogenologist hopeful, I'm destined to be tired and poor. They laughed at that, it eased the tension."
"Tell us about your veterinary experience and what you have learned from each one."
"What has been your biggest goal besides vet school?"
"What is/was your most challenging goal? What has helped with the goal? What has hindered the goal?"
"what world wide organizations deal with zoonotic diseases (i said CDC and WHO)"
"What are your thoughts on corporate veterinary offices versus private practice?"
"What stimulates you intellectually about veterinary medicine?"
"If a well-known client has a cat that you have been examining for months wants you to put it down for behavioural issues but nothing is medically wrong with the animal. Would you euthanize the cat? Why?"
"What area of veterinary medicine are you most interested in?"
"What is one thing you would change about yourself to be a better veterinarian?"
"Why do you want to be a vet as opposed to a human doctor?"
"It seems like you do a lot of extracurriculars and work hard in school, do you make time for yourself? What do you do with that time?"
"I didn't have this question, but someone from my interview time was asked to tell a funny story."
"Give a time when you were faced with a problem and tell us how you solved it. What did you learn from this?"
"Describe a time when you had to work in a team setting with someone you didn't get along with."
"What would you do if a member of your rounds group wasn't holding up their end of responsibilities?"
"What are the 2 best and 2 works things about vet med? Are you aware of vet salaries and cost of vet school? Why didn't you choose human medicine?"
"Name a goal you have set for yourself, that DOES NOT include getting into vet school."
"If an owner asked you to euthanize her animal because she was moving and couldnt take it with her what would you do? (i said i wouldn't euthanize, but give options) Followed by, well what if your boss told you to euthanize the animal? (i said i still wouldn't) Then they followed by asking if it was my best friend asking me to do it what would i do? (they definitely beat this question down...)"
"Elderly lady who is a long term client has just learned she has a terminal disease and wants her 2 Poodles euthanized when she dies. Would you perform the euthanasia?"
"I had 4 "goals" questions - A goal besides vet school that I achieved, a goal that I set and didn't achieve, short term goals, where i see myself in 5 years, etc. It was tough to come up with good answers for all of them."
"Give us a time when you did something (or stood up for something) that you believed in, that was not necessarily the popular choice of your peers."
"Have you noticed any differences in the different vets you've worked for or had any vets that you would want to be like?"
"What were your favorite and most challenging classes as an undergrad? (Same question about work experiences too)"
"Explain a time when you disagreed with a coworker and how did you handle it."
"Rate the following statements on a scale of 1-10: ''Your desire to be in a leadership position. Your desire to be a role model. Your desire to take the lead in a critical situation.'' etc"
"Describe a teamwork experience where you didn't get along with someone and how did you resolve that. "
"How do you feel about convience euthansia?"
"Tell me a time you had to make an unpopular decision. "
"There were lots of behavioral questions."
"What would you do if a DVM asked you to do something unethical?"
"Asked about leadership roles I've had. If I consider myseld a leader. Aksed for specific examples. How I work in a group. If I've ever had disagreements or had to work w/ someone I didn't like & how I dealt with that. What gr-work and work commitment mean to me. If I think grp-work is important in vet med. My strenghts & weaknesses. "
"Who has been your greatest influence?"
"Describe a time when you made a decision that not everyone agreed with and how you reacted."
"What are 2 common zoonotic infections found in raw milk?"
"What are other hobbies you have? They want to know that you have a group of friends and other passions outside of vet med."
"Tell me about a time you failed."
"Say I was a veterinarian and you were a technician, and I told you to give a dog an injection. You accidentally administer the wrong drug. What would you do?"
"Who are role model(s) in your life and what have they taught you?"
"What is your leadership style"
"Are you nervous?"
"What is your leadership style?"
"What is a challenge you have faced"
"What is one of your strengths?"
"Tell me about a role model."
"What would you do if you accidentally killed a patient by improperly giving a drug and nobody was there to see it happen?"
"Do you study alone or in groups? What role do you take on when in a group? How do you work with others?"
"Name a time you went through a struggle. What was the end result?"
"How would you handle a client that can't afford a treatment?"
"What was a time you failed and how did you handle it/overcome it?"
"What would you do if you thought you saw a classmate cheating on a test?"
"How have you given back to your community?"
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian? Tell us about your undergrad experience."
"There is a sick, cancerous dog staying in your hospital which the owners know will die, but do not want to euthanize. You are covering the night shift in the hospital that night. You accidently give the dog a double-dose of its nightly pain killer and it dies. You are the only person in the hospital, and no one knows about the mistake but you. What do you do?"
"If you were on the admissions committee and had to choose the applicant with the best grades, experience, or letters of recommendation, who do you choose and why?"
"How do you see yourself involved in the veterinary field in 10 years?"
"What is a goal not related to vet med that you have set for yourself?"
"How have you been involved in your community during undergrad?"
"Give an example of a characteristic that you possess that will help you as a veterinarian? You don't necessarily have to give animal-related examples to explain your choice."
"There were various questions about euthanizing animals in different situations (in a shelter, a lame horse, an incontinent cat)."
"You are the interviewer. You have 3 candidates you like and you can only choose one. One has great experience, one has excellent grades and the other has a great personality. Which do you choose to accept and why?"
"You are a part of a committee of students assigned to organizing a computer lab for the university and were given explicit instructions that the computers were to be used for school related or veterinary related work. But you knew the other student committee members were not planning on following those instructions, how would you handle the situation?"
"If we had just one seat left open, and you were in our position, would you choose 1) the student with PERFECT GPA/GRE scores, but little experience and lame interview, 2) Average GPA/GRE but AWESOME veterinary experience, and an average interview. 3) Average GPA and Experience but fantastic interview, which would you choose?"
"If you don't get accepted after THREE OR FOUR CYCLES, what's your next step?"
"Would you euthanize a healthy animal if the owner wanted you to do so? Followed by a series of what if that isn't an option?"
"How do you feel about animals specifically being bred for research?"
"Do humans have the right to make decisions about how their animal will be taken care of? (essentially an animal rights/welfare question), also asked a question about what to do when an owner wants to euthanize their healthy dog."
"Tell us a time when you had to go against the beliefs of a group to fight for something you believe in."
"If they wanted to open a low cost spay neuter clinic like a mile away from your vet clinic, how would you feel about that and what would you do about it?"
"What would you say to a client who wanted to euthanize a pet they couldn't afford anymore?"
"Talk about some hot topics in vet med. Tell me about your background - animal/vet experience and education? How do you handle stress? What have you done that you are most proud of (besides making it to interview stage)?"
"What are five qualities of a good veterinarian?"
"What are two of your greatest accomplishments besides getting into vet school?"
"You catch a classmate cheating on an exam. What do you do?"
"We talked about current events in vet medicine, I brought up a topic and they brought up a topic. It was more of a group discussion then specific questioning. This is your chance to talk intelligently and show you have an educated opinion."
"What hobbies do you have outside of school?"
"What kinds of activities or hobbies do you pursue outside of veterinary medicine?"
"What can we answer for you?"
"What does commitment mean to you."
"Name the 2 accomplishments in your life for which you are most proud."
"What is a weakness of your and how are you working on bettering it?"
"Tell me an experience you had to bring a group of disagreeing people together and make a decision as a team."
"What are you most proud of?"
"What are some extracurricular activities you have engaged in?"
"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?"
"what my goals are. What I'm most proud of. A hard decision I had to make. A challenge I've faced. How I keep myself focused, how I deal w/ distractions. An example of when I had to convince ppl of something, or use persuasion,etc. Many other q's...just look sample q's on the internet...they were exactly the same!!"
"How do you deal with overwhelment?"
"Who did you learn the most from at the veterinay clinic you worked at? (This was probably a specific question for me because I mentioned that most of my clinical experience came from a companion animal office)"
"Describe OneHealth. (research this a lot)"
"Who do you consider to be a role model within veterinary medicine and outside of the field?"
"What is "your" definition of a no-kill shelter? (And then went on into further detail on how to reduce the amount of euthanasia in shelters aka. implementing behavior programs, using varying anxiety med for dogs, etc. )"
"You are a tech told to give a patient meds after its vet leaves for the night. You realize you gave the wrong dose of the medication. What do you do?"
"What would you do if an vet intern under your care seriously injured an animal, caused it to be permanently damaged, and the owner of the animal planned to sued you?"
"You're a tech at the hospital late at night. There's a critical patient hospitalized. You give the wrong drug. The patient dies. What do you do next?"
"Who is a role model"
"How would you contribute to the diversity of the school and your incoming class?"
"Probably several questions about my background in agriculture and my animal experience. I was glad that they asked me questions specific to myself."
"We had a discussion on the mustang problem out west that started as a question but turned more into a discussion on different ideas I had and their validity/problems/etc and what the interviewer would have done and what I thought of his ideas."
"If feral cats are destroying a local environment, how would you feel about euthanization instead of TNR?"
"The interviewers asked me questions about my application and my background. They were the most interesting simply because they were sincerely intrigued by my experiences. It resulted in more of a conversation and less of a Q & A."
"Being interested in ice hockey, would you say you're a competitive person"
"If you were the vet at Seaworld and your whale ate a trainer, what would you do with the whale?"
"What are your feelings on zoos and aquariums? Sea World?"
"You are working the night shift in a hospital, and an animal is supposed to get med # 1 at 9, and med #2 at 12, each getting their next doses every 6 hours. You accidently gave #2 at 9, and now it is 12 (the time that the animal should have gotten #2). What do you do?"
"What would you do if someone brought in a cat to be euthanized for urinating in the house but was completely healthy, what would you do? You've already explained all other options to them, but they are adamant about euthanasia."
"Opinion on PETA's activities"
"Discuss the ongoing debate regarding terminal surgeries, particularly as it applies to nursing and medical fields."
"I didn't get anything usual, just a lot of situation questions."
"There is an island where there is a rare mouse that is very endangered. There are also many feral cats. On one side you have the conservationists, on the other the spay-neuter-release people. As a veterinarian, what would you think was the right way to handle this situation."
"Pretend you are the head vet at your small animal practice. One of your technicians administers an antibiotic dose 10x too high for an animal, and the animal goes into renal failure. What do you do? Later, they asked how far would I go before firing the tech?"
"The behavioral questions were interesting - they aren't asked at the other schools I had interviews at."
"if you were on the admissions committee and you only had one spot left for the incoming class, would you choose the student with the best GPA/GRE, best interview or best experience and why? and follow up question: how would you convince the other members of the committee to vote your way?"
"In the Ohio state incident where all of the wild animals were released by a private owner and then killed by law enforcement what would you have done if you were the sheriff arriving on the scene?"
"If you were in our position and you had one seat left to fill in the class would you choose the applicant with the best grades and test scores, the one with the best experience and letters, or the one with the best interview. Why?"
"How do you feel about state mandated spays and neuters? Or something along those lines...to address the unwanted animal issues"
"What was your favorite/least favorite class?"
"I didn't get any of the fun/interesting questions; just very basic questions relating to my veterinary and extracurricular activities."
"What are some of your qualities that will help you succeed in the veterinary profession?"
"What animal do you most identify with?"
"If you were an animal what would you be? If you were a super hero which one would you be?"
"What cartoon character would you be?"
"How do you feel about a mandatory spay/neuter law (providing there special exceptions for breeders)?"
"Had a whole slew of questions about what I wrote in my PS about how veterinary medicine needs to be careful about falling into the animal right's trap. So I had questions regarding cropping/docking and about mandatory spay/neuter laws."
"What cartoon character do I relate to? :)"
"Hills company is paying for you and 3 other students to go to a weekend conference (sponsored by Hills). They will be paying for everything (travel, hotel, and meals). You have to pick the 3 other students from your class to go (obviously everyone from your class wishes to go). Your roommate/best friend is President of SCAVMA and hopes to be one of the students...how will you decide who goes?"
"If you were the head vet in charge of a research project and didn't quite agree with the ethics of the experiment, but the project was very lucrative and had a large government grant, what would you do?"
"Whould you ever euthanize a healthy dog and what if your boss told you to do it?"
"Nothing terribly interesting or out of the ordinary. 90% of the questions were the same as the ones already listed in this database."
"What if your boss told you to put a healthy dog down, what would you do?"
"What veterinarian have you learned the most from and why? (I'd never thought about that before)"
"What would you do if an owner asked you to put down a healthy dog?"
"What is the word commitment mean to you?"
"Give a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in."
"I don't think any question was interesting. The interviewers just had a paper with a list of questions to ask me...exactly like sample questions you can get on the internet to practice. Kinda boring..."
"Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly gained a lot of insight?"
"Can't remember any specific questions, I was asked a lot of ''behavioral'' questions."
"Are you a leader or a follower? Explain. How do you work in the other role (leader or follower)?"
"Tell me about a time when you made a difficult decision that you can look back on today and know you would have handled differently."
"Tell me about a time that you made a decision that you wish you could go back and change."
"Name a mistake you've made. (Obviously I practiced this question but on the spot I became frantic and nervous because we discussed the high rates of suicide in our field and were on a very somber note so I was worried about seeming too emotional [I let a single tear slip!] I blanked on the spot but still came up with something.) Don't forget to ask them to give you time to think. I should have done that with this question. I was also asked if I had any paid animal experience. I have not. I emphasized how to me there are three steps of understanding: 1: reading 2: observing 3: Doing it. I've read and understand the field of veterinary medicine and have been observing, volunteering and shadowing. Now I need to be a vet because it's what I know I love. (And yes I got in (: you got this)"
"What is a characteristic you think you have that would put you at risk for compassion fatigue/burnout?"
"Who is your role model who has nothing to do with vet med?"
"Name a mistake you've made."
"What shapes your ethical perspectives?"
"Can you recall a stressful experience that required you to set up boundaries?"
"Can you talk about a time where you made a very difficult decision and then later looking back you think you would have made a different decision/done something differently?"
"Name a mistake you've made"
"What would you do if you noticed a vet you're working with doing something unethical/illegal?"
"Describe a time when something didn't go as planned. What did you do and how did you handle it?"
"How would you incorporate the One Health initiative into your daily practice as a veterinarian?"
"What is your responsibility as a veterinarian in dealing with invasive species?"
"You have $1000 and three possible events to fund that cost $500 apiece. A speaker, a social, or a senior banquet. Which two do you fund? What other methods would you use to solve this problem."
"What is your opinion on survival surgeries? (Surgeries where animal is put under anesthesia, operated on in order to practice various surgical procedures, and then allowed to wake up and recover instead of euthanizing)"
"What would you do if you didn't get into vet school. (You can't say "apply until I die", they want to hear another occupation."
"I think the question about terminal surgeries."
"What would you do if a client came in with a young otherwise healthy dog that had slammed his tail in a door and the tail was de-gloved and the owner wanted to euthanize the animal? The owner was an important large animal client and threatens to take his business elsewhere if you don't euthanize the dog."
""You are part of a student committee. You have just been granted a new computer technology room, with new computers and printers for student school work. The printers are supposed to be used just for school-related things, but people in your committee have openly stated that they plan on using it for other things. What do you do in this situation?" I was expecting some behavioral questions, but this one was honestly kind of... stupid. I feel like we spent way too much time on it."
"It was a question about the Tennesse Walking Horses and soring them. I like equine (but don't want to specialize in it) but was not overly knowledgeable about the subject. She then proceeded to talk about ethics and penalties about it. It was just random and difficult to respond to."
"There was a very vague question about emerging zoonotic diseases and what we can do to prevent them."
"what veterinary scientific journals have you read recently?"
"If an owner comes in with a healthy pet and says "I dont want it anymore put it down." what would you do?"
"You are an associate veterinarian at a small animal practice. You are not the boss. A client comes in with her cat. She is incredibly frustrated because the cat has been urinating all over the house despite her efforts to prevent this behavior. The owner is insistent on euthanizing the animal even after you have explained all of the options. What do you do?"
"How do you feel veterinarians should be involved, if at all, in the world zoonotical diseases"
"There was the standard euthansaia question, but they said that the owner had been thoroughly counseled and still wanted the animal put down. Essentially, they wanted a straight yes or no answer---no beating around the bush"
"What is your opinion of survival surgeries? (I had to ask for clarification)"
"Tell us about a time when one member of a group hasn't pulled their weight. Also, they asked what my two strengths and two weaknesses are."
"None really. Here are a few more questions: Why do you want to become a veterinarian? Tell us a time when you had to take a leadership role. Vet school students are all leaders, how do you think you can show your leadership working in a group in vet school. How do you feel about purpose bred animals for research? What is a goal you have set and achieved in the past? What accomplishment are you most proud of? On a scale of 1-10, how important are other people's opinions on whether you are successful or not."
"What would you think about doing research on dogs that required you to induce spinal trauma (break their spines) and then euthanize them in order to help humans with your research? Stated more delicately but this was the jist of it."
"Why don't you want to be a human doctor?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What have you done to support your community, here at the University of Florida (I had thought of something I did back home for this type of question, so the example I was planning on giving was null and void with that tag on!)"
"The ones listed above as I felt I was in a debate rather than an interview when those topics came up."
"Probably the third and fourth goal questions. Just wasn't prepared for so many."
"If you were a cartoon character, who would you be? I kid you not, this is the only question I drew a blank on...because it caught me off guard!"
"Name 3 characteristics a person needs to be a successful veterinarian."
"What would do if...? Tell us about a time...? Every scenario possible!"
"What do you feel is something you have contributed to your school or community?"
"How would you feel about euthanizing racing greyhounds for financial reasons? (Meaning for the benefit of the owner's finances)"
"How have you used your creative thinking to help yourself in a difficult situtation (w/o the help of anyone else)?"
"Tell me about a problem you solved and the insight you used in solving it? (I didn't really understand what they meant by insight. I asked one of the interviewers to clarify, but he didn't even know.)"
"Describe a time when you had to stand up for something that you believe in. (I drew a blank!)"
"If a client brings a healthy dog and asks you to euthanize the dog, what would you say? And, what if the chief doctor says that this is an important client for their hospital?"
"Describe a situation in which you had to break a serious committment."
"The behavioral-type of questions were hard for me just because I have a hard time remembering ''a time when...'' or ''a situation when...''. You really have to be prepared for those...and they ask loads of questions like that..."
"A problem you faced at the outcome"
"''Your boss orders you to carry out a euthanasia for a dog at a client's request because she just can't take care of the dog anymore. What would you do?'' "
"I was asked to choose a scientific, animal-related topic, and asked to explain it to a lay-person without using any scientific terminology."
"Review the interview packet given, practice questions on here, look at school's website, look at current events, and PRACTICE!"
"These SDN questions! 100% of my questions were identical to the ones on this thread. Practice practice practice. They want you to be confident in your interview, so know what you are going to say!"
"I reviewed my application essays and went over some potential questions."
"Did a mock interview at UF Career Connections first before anything else. Wrote out my answer to 40 possible interview questions. Discussed potential questions and hearing other answers with/from friends applying to medical school (I figured health interviews are similar excluding questions regarding issues in the field.) Asked interview questions to two veterinarians to get their opinions and hear their views. Ask some interview questions to a PhD candidate to get a different perspective. Did one last professional mock interview with a research mentor so she could give me strong feedback. And then go over the questions one last time with a supportive friend who has received 2 bachelors and is shooting for psychology so she could give me feedback on my behavior or any weird habits that I had."
"By reviewing these questions here, and I was accepted!"
"I looked at the questions on here. All of the questions I was asked were on here."
"past SDN questions"
"I studied the questions on here (they were nearly identical with the exception of "Can you recall a stressful experience that required you to set up boundaries?") and went over my responses out loud and with feedback from family/friends."
"Reviewing and preparing answers for questions from here, other schools, and other sources of commonly asked vet school interview questions. Also did a mock interview with a career person from my college."
"Wrote out possible questions and notes I wanted to mention during answers."
"Read these questions, talked to peers who had interviewed before"
"SDN, mock interview at career services"
"I read over my application and looked over some questions on here."
"I interviewed last year so i knew the basics of what they were going to ask, but mainly research the school and see what they are about."
"Read questions on here - prepared answers."
"I looked over SDN just to see what kind of questions to expect. I made sure I was capable of answering them, and especially tried to connect those answers with my experiences. Memorizing what to say is what I did not do. You need to seem authentic in an interview, and having a rigid response prepared won't help. Make sure you can answer it all, relax and get your head in the right place."
"Reading the interview feedback page and listening to animal podcasts."
"Looked on this site for questions and prepared answers for all of them."
"Wrote out long list of possible questions from this site and others, wrote out good ideas and answers, practiced by myself and with a family member. Also wrote down all of my interesting vet stories to bring up during the interview"
"SDN interview feedback page."
"SDN and I searched online for questions that were on the UF pre-vet website."
"SDN and a mock interview"
"Read SDN posts, practiced questions with friends and family."
"SDN, mock interview"
"Practice, practice, practice!"
"I read a few questions before going in but not a lot otherwise."
"SDN. Then I had my sister look at the questions and do a mock interview with me."
"I read the questions on here and did a mock-interview with my professors"
"SDN Interview Feedback - Interview questions have changed from previous years, however."
"Looked up interview questions online and practiced answering them"
"SDN interview feedback!"
"For the questions, I only looked at this website (it is exactly what the panel asked!) I also researched the UF website in order to talk to the interviewees about the programs available at the school"
"Researched UF from their website, talked to a current vet student, used SDN website. THIS WEBSITE IS CASH MONEY! I was only asked ONE question that was not EXACTLY, WORD FOR WORD, from the questions on this site."
"Read SDN forums."
"Practiced behavioral interview questions."
"Read through my PS. Read through interview feedback on this site, which probably helped the most. Also read up on current events."
"SDN, talking to friends"
"This was my third time interviewing at UF, so I pretty much knew the drill. However, hardly any of the questions came from lists that I had made of questions."
"Checking this board for sample questions, having people question me, coming up with a "database" of interesting stories to use for various questions."
"Read all of the SDN interview feedback entries for UF. I printed out about a page worth of interview questions. I went through and wrote down answers to most of the questions. This was really helpful in refreshing my memory of all my life experiences (not just animal science, work, or college related). Then, the night before my interview, I answered out loud each of the questions as if I was being interview right then...I probably looked crazy talking to myself."
"SDN interview feedback. Read all the questions, wrote out answers to them, and practiced interviewing with friends. I also had a mental list of a few anecdotes and situations that I wanted to say in the interview and kind of made them fit into the questions."
"Reading sample questions online. There's no point in review your application since they don't have it."
"Read the other feedback from previous years."
"Prepared answers for the questions listed on SDN, made a list of accomplishments and challenges I've faced that could come in handy for a behavioral-based interview."
"Looked up behavioral interviews online! "
"I was way too prepared...UF's interview was ONLY personal questions!! "
"Practiced behavorial questions."
"I googled ''behavioral interview'' for days and tried to come up with answers as I found questions. I also talked to my cousin, a first year, about her interview. I only had about a week to practice with some friends that had already interviewed (I was alternate and didn't get my call until five days before the interview!)."
"Talked to one of the current student (who will call you before your interview) and checked the school website"
"Reviewed behavioral-type job questions from an internet search. Only one question of this type I was asked in which I did not prepare for, becuase it wasn't on my list."
"Prepare for behavioral-type questions...practice other sample interview questions..."
"Reviewed major current events relating to veterinary medicine, reviewed the college's website, reviewed my application and resume, came up with questions to ask the interviewers at the end, and thought of how I would respond to certain questions."
"I practiced interview questions compiled from the internet and read up on current events. It's a waste to do those things, since they have changed the format for the UF interviews. They will be asking behavioral questions, if you don't know what that is, google it and there will be lots of links. I would suggest you practice behavioral questions as much as possible before your interview."
"How personable the people interviewing me were, I felt like they really engaged with my answers."
"The kindness of the students and faculty and how organized the interview process was."
"The staff and students all seemed to be really happy and answered all my questions."
"The kindness and relaxed nature of my interview committee. I had 3 people: one community veterinarian, one DVM candidate, and one faculty member."
"The interviewers! They were all very nice and gave me positive feedback after everyone of my answers which made me feel so much better considering how nervous I was"
"The interviewers really tried to calm me down and were so kind."
"I really liked all the current vet students that checked us in, escorted us around, gave us the tour, etc. They were very positive, friendly, and casual. They eased my nerves a lot."
"Great staff, seems very caring"
"Afterwards I felt like the interview was really to get you to talk about yourself and your experiences related to vet med, not to grill you about the intricacies of your application or your ethics. The meet and greet was really great, I highly recommend going, I was on the fence but after it really calmed the whole process down for me. I would describe the day as a mix between a science fair and conference, but just about yourself, if anyone has experience with either and that calmed me down a bit for thinking about future interviews."
"Everyone was very cordial and calm. I only felt really nervous at the beginning, the end, and during a few specific questions. I really got the impression that they were not there to grill you, but to learn more about you and whether they feel you would be a good fit for the college."
"Effort to maintain a positive educational environment and student mental/emotional health"
"The school tried very hard to calm our nerves before and after the interview. They really cared that we did well and felt good about it."
"The entire interview process ran like clockwork. There was plenty of time and a variety of students to ask questions to. The students gave an impressive tour and were very honest in answering questions. You could tell how much everyone loved the school."
"The school itself - the buildings are really modern and organized. Nothing feels cramped or outdated. Also, the interviewers were so incredibly nice!"
"The vet school faculty member seemed honestly interested in me and my achievements"
"Everyone was so nice!"
"Everything - faculty and facilities are incredible."
"The head of my interview committee was one of the coolest people I've ever talked with. This is not a guarantee (I was not impressed by who interviewed me last year). Maybe things were more relaxed since this was my second go-around, but overall it felt extremely relaxed."
"How word for word the interview was to the interview feedback page."
"The school and hospital is absolutely gorgeous. The tour was informative and comprehensive and the students were relatable and friendly. They also had a table full of candy for you at the end of the interview which was great to help cool the nerves."
"Level of organization on the interview day"
"Admissions staff, 4th year students."
"The interviewers seemed to respond positively to some of my answers. They were nice and willing to clarify questions or restate the prompt if I wandered and asked, lol. They also gave me information about operation catnip, which I liked because I like spay/neuter and would like to be involved."
"The early interview program was amazing and I was able to shadow in the hospital. It was great to see what really happens in the hospital and to get to talk to a number of students and faculty."
"Beautiful facilities! For the early admissions interview, we were allowed to shadow students on clinicals, so I got some neat insight to student life. Everyone was very friendly there, especially the admissions director Jonathan Orsini. He has a very dry sense of humor, it really eliminated the stress of being there."
"Everyone was very nice and very helpful - I did the Early Admissions Interview (which included rotations with different 3rd year students) and it was great to see what the students actually did on their clinicals."
"Interviewers were sooo nice and put me at ease right away."
"the organization!! everything was very professional and organized and coordinated! it flowed well"
"The staff were all very chatty and wanted to calm our nerves as much as possible. They put you at ease in the interview by not jumping straight into it in the first minute."
"The friendliness of the interviewers. At times they were very candid during my interview which helped me to relax, I had expected them to be more stone faced. The students that were giving tours were fantastic. Very well informed."
"Their new Small Animal Hospital is fantastic."
"Everything was SO personalized. I didn't just feel like applicant number 245"
"The new animal hospital is really awesome and I was able to shadow vets all day before my interview."
"Interviewers tried to keep atmosphere light; didn't mind clarifying things when I had questions"
"beautiful facilities, interview was better than I expected. I was never totally comfortable, but felt relatively at ease the whole time."
"The panel was very friendly & it seemed more like a friendly conversation. The school/property is huge & the new building is wonderful!!"
"New small animal hospital was amazing. Very well organized, they knock on your door to give you a 5 minute warning so the interviews don't run late."
"My interviewers were hilarious! Immediately put me at ease. One was laughing so hard at an inside joke he couldn't even introduce himself. Felt like they really wanted to get to know me, and the longer interview gave them a chance to do so."
"Everyone was really friendly and well informed. Go on the tour at the end!"
"The entire process was extremely well organized. There were plenty of first years to direct you where you needed to go, and talk with you to try and calm you down while you waited. "
"One of my interviewers picked up real fast that I knew she was involved in animal behavior and asked questions regarding behavior issues. I also had time to ask my interviewers 3 questions and their answers were very thorough."
"Great people, very organized, and the 1st year who did the tour was very well informed."
"The attitude and comraderie among all of the vet students. Also, the plans and simulated images of their new animal hospital...it will be amazing when it is completed in 2010."
"The interviewers were very nice and were enthusiastic about the school. They didn't try to "trap" me in questions and were very encouraging."
"The students seemed really happy there and the campus is in a nice location."
"The interviewers and students made a great effort at making you feel relaxed and comfortable."
"The facilities, the enthusiasm of the students, the zoo med program, the caliber of the professors."
"The 4th year student that helped interview me was exteremly helpful and put me at ease. Having her there calmed my nerves and kept me focused. "
"The students and interviewers were warm and friendly. They provided water and snacks ahead of time and afterward. Be sure to bring the water into your interview. "
"Everybody was super enthusiastic about being there. I felt like they genuinely cared about interviewing us. I also liked how my interviewers offered to help me get in contact with some Army vets when I mentioned that I was thinking of joining the vet corp."
"Friendliness of the Dean and intervieweers and the facility"
"Students seemed to feel like they were all one big family."
"The faculty,etc seemed like they really cared about their students. Nice weather, nice city (although small). "
"the assistant dean remembered me"
"My 3 interviewers were great. I felt very comfortable and welcomed by them."
"The setting, a round table with all three interviewers and myself arranged around it equally. It was less intimidating than I expected."
"Nothing, I loved everything."
"At the meet and greet I just wasn't very connected to one of my interviewers but I had a great experience overall."
"Literally nothing bothered me, I felt so honored to be there and the interviewers really liked me so it all worked out."
"My interviewers did grill me a little bit. I told them I wasn't adequately informed on the topic, but they kept pushing me to answer more questions about it anyway."
"UF took forever to release decisions and interviews. It is very frustrating for students. UF seemed to deeply care for students, but their amount of time without contact makes me wonder if they truly prioritize students"
"They tried to make it conversational, the student interviewer asked me follow-up questions based on my experiences which was nice and I felt like she was genuinely interested in my background (studying anthropology and working at a bakery) but I think its a little challenging to do so because they have a list of questions the school wants them to ask."
"Nothing, really. I was never "grilled," and was only really pressed hard for an answer once."
"Lack of conversation in the interview. The interviewers didn't ask questions off my responses, it seemed they had to stick to a pretty strict script of questions so overall I didn't get the sense that they knew who I was as a person by the end."
"Can't think of anything that left a negative impression. Everything was wonderful."
"Not seeing the school in action on a weekday!"
"My interview was at the end of the day, and one of the members of my committee seemed a bit fried. That's the downfall of holding all your interviews across 2 days."
"Having to wait in a big room with everyone for them to call your name"
"The student tour guide was quiet and reserved. Additionally, she couldn't speak to the production animal nor research facilities/programs."
"This school is a top choice for me, so nothing except that Gainesville is not my favorite city."
"Nothing at all. I really appreciated the experience!"
"Some of the clinical rotations seem kind of random... the LA students were on like 4 cases at once, and went from one case to another. I guess that's like real life as a vet in a huge facility like this, but I would have like to see one case through like you would for an ambulatory practice."
"The small animal inpatient room smelled like feces. I expect that in the back or maybe even the exam rooms, but not where clients are sitting. It wasn't there the first time I went on a tour there though, so I feel like they made have had a very ill animal."
"I wasn't a huge fan of being escorted from the entrance, to the seminar room for an information session, the escorted to my interview, then escorted to a debriefing Q&A. It made me a little more nervous than I needed to be. It was very nice and professional though."
"I enjoyed the full day of activities, but I was a little tired at the end of the day when I had my interview."
"Nothing really, I enjoyed the interview."
"Maybe the construction for the new small animal hospital, but it's definitely the beginnings of something positive!"
"The cattle herding. I HATED that we were all sitting in that room and you pretty much held your breathe when a student came to the door because you weren't sure if you were next... it isnt the best way to start out the interview"
"I wish Florida would get rid of these behavorial interviews!"
"I was a little worried about the low caseload - both small animal and large animal hospitals seemed a little slow."
"The construction of the new animal hospital... but hey, it will all be done in a year or so."
"The interview questions were really repetitive... it could have been half as long and gotten the same point across."
"We were told that parking is a nightmare for vet students."
"Other people that were interviewing! Your supposed to dress to impress, not like your going out to a club/date!"
"The interview was uncomfortable, formulaic, and impersonal. It was behavioral question after behavioral question. They didn't seem to get to know you well and didn't seem to like some of the questions they had to ask. There's only so many problems and conflicts one can talk about. "
"The tour wasn't very organized and the student leading the tour didn't seem to know much about the areas that he was showing us."
"The school did not provide the interviewees with a packet or anything containg information about their school or their programs. All the other schools that I was interviewed at provided those kind of information."
"Some of the buildings/equipment were older than some schools. But I really don't see this as a problem."
"Felt the interview was *mechanical*. They didn't have a program for the day. You just had your interview and then a short tour of the facilities. There was not ''informational session'' or anything like that like other schools do... "
"Not much, I got stuck on the one question I found difficult, the rest of the interview was great and the tour was wonderful."
"Having a list of examples of leadership, conflict, mistakes, etc is more important than memorizing the individual questions."
"They take you into a "pre-interview" room with other applicants where a couple current students talk to you for about 15 minutes showing you cute animal videos and helping get your nerves down!"
"I wish I knew I didn't have to go buy a suit haha! Others can in business casual outfits but not everyone had a suit. Also, I am glad I went to the meet and greet. I was able to talk to other professionals outside of my specific interview committee and interact with the other potential candidates. I do wish I'd focused less on the questions and more on studying what I've done in the past and what I have learned from those experiences."
"I'm not sure if it was just me but one of my 3 interviewers had previously seen my application and had made up a couple personalized questions from my app which I really liked."
"By the time you get an interview (especially in state) you are pretty likely to get in!"
"No amount of preparation is enough to actually prepare you for the interview. My nerves definitely got the best of me and I would just say the first thing that came to mind. If I could go back, I would practice these questions over and over again. Also, make you sure you understand the current topics in vet med WELL. They're going to ask you to explain the issues to them."
"It sounds like they don't always read your application, mine had but I think that is worth noting."
"That they really do not stray far from a set of questions, most of which are posted here."
"They basically follow the questions on here to a T"
"Attending the student panel isn't necessary if you take advantage of asking questions during the tour."
"More information on attire"
"They do a good job letting you know what to expect. One good thing to keep in mind is to put your best face on for every person you talk to."
"If you answer questions succinctly and are to the point, your interview may very well end early. There is nothing wrong with this."
"Nothing at all!"
"Dress appropriately. Bring comfortable shoes for the tour, and you will have time to freshen up and switch shoes before your interview. It was about 75 degrees F outside, and I was fine wearing slacks and a long-sleeve buttonup, at least until the interview! Everything is air conditioned, but I started to sweat really badly during the interview. Either wear something cool, or bring a jacket to cover up the sweat stains >.<"
"I felt well informed going in."
"How relaxed it was going to be! I was nervous about being interviewed by 3 people at one time, but it was really lax!"
"To come with MORE questions that you think you may need. I had so many of my questions answered (before I even asked them!) BEFORE the interview. So when my interviewers asked me if I had any questions, I was lucky that I was able to make one up on the fly."
"Most of the questions are "What would you do if..." but the interview was very relaxed and low-stress. There is no reason to worry about it."
"Questions had been changed from previous years and I basically wasted my time preparing specific answers for specific questions. This interview involved a lot of thinking on my feet."
"50 minutes is a long time to talk, even though it went by quickly. Be sure to have some water with you!!!"
"They follow the questions on this site. End of story. Don't be worried about any off the wall questions. They even say that you can skip a question and come back to it later or take a moment or two within the interview to think of an answer (usually a time when . . .you did something)."
"I guess some interviewers had read your personal statement? It didn't specifically come up in my interview, but it would have been nice to know that it was possible that your interviewers had read it."
"Nothing - been there plenty of times. Not only for interviews, but also as a client with my dogs and horses. I know the facilities so well I could give a tour."
"Nothing really, except I wish I had come the day before and stayed overnight (I drove there 4.5 hours before interview and was sore from sitting for so long)."
"Not to wear my high heels for the tour! It lasts a little over an hour...thank goodness I had flip flops in the car for the ride home!"
"That the tour was going to be so long. It was over an hour and a half."
"BRING IN THE BOTTLE OF WATER that they offer you. It is a good way to stall when asked a difficult question."
"That Florida doesn't believe in ''Reduced Speed Ahead'' signs, but does believe in speed traps."
"That the interview questions only were personal ones. "
"That I didn't remember all of my experiences! I recommend writing down your answers when you practice so that you can review them the morning of your interview."
"wear comfortable shoes."
"Doing the things I mentioned about my preparation for my interview and speaking with current UF veterinary students prepared me a great deal, so there wasn't really anything that surprised me greatly during my visit."
"There are lots of grates around the barns! Don't wear heels if you can help it (and if you plan on taking the interview). I also wasn't aware that the questions were going to be behavioral, luckily I practice that method of interviewing for other schools."
"It was a very positive experience. Obviously a little different because it was virtual but it was not scary at all once the interview actually started and feels like it ends pretty quick."
"The overall interview process wasn't bad. You do need to arrive at least minutes early. I showed up 15 minutes early and they had already taken the group upstairs for an overview of what the school has to offer. Try and make them laugh because that will create a more easy environment for yourself. When they asked what I would do if I didn't get in I said "I'll see you all next year! During that gap time, etc.""
"Know your application (this shouldn't be hard), practice these questions on SDN, and its really just a normal conversation for the interviewers to get to know you : )"
"The interview was no big deal, getting the interview was the hardest part!"
"Everyone's intentions at UF really are positive. Not only do they want to choose you, then want you to choose UF. Overall it was a truly positive experience."
"Very disappointed in the amount of time it is taking UF"
"Overall it was a good experience, it was my first vet school interview and I know different schools do it differently but it helped me prepare for any future interviews."
"They stick to the questions posted here and other places. There were only one or two questions that caught me off guard, but I feel that preparing for questions from other schools and other sources helped me come up with answers quickly. In regard to whether the interview is open or closed file, the two DVM's interviewing you will have read your file and have it in front of them, but the current vet student on the interview panel will not."
"I was never really grilled, just got wrapped up in a discussion that I think could have been mistaken for grilling because the interviewer was really pushing it, but I think he was genuinely interested in my thoughts. Also they asked a LOT about group dynamics and competitiveness and seemed to be really set on keeping the school more collaborative and friendly than overly competitive which I liked"
"The facilities are fantastic, and there is a program for pretty much every interest."
"Be yourself, have fun and smile!"
"There will likely be questions in the interview that SDN will not provide, so look over all your materials and look back at all your experiences. It is much easier and looks better to answer questions with something relevant from your own life."
"The area seemed lively and bright and exciting"
"Try not to be nervous! It's so much easier that way!"
"If you have a question about anything regarding the admissions process, contact the Office for Students and Instruction early and often. SDN is not the be-all, end-all resource, and (contrary to the belief of some) most people on here are not experts nor involved in the admissions process."
"I learned that clinicals start a bit earlier than they may at some other schools, so this made the program more appealing. There are many opportunities to be involved, and if you take advantage of them you can graduate with more experience than I thought possible."
"The interview was really conversational. The interviewers were two faculty and one student. They asked a lot of questions but were really nice and we laughed and chatted a lot!"
"I was very impressed by the school overall. There are tons of opportunities for students to learn outside of classes, and the 3rd and 4th year clinicals sound positively amazing! After interviewing, I was sure that UF was my #1, but I'm going to wait to see and compare other schools."
"Great school - Admissions is very very nice. Terri Wheldon is extremely helpful as is Jonathan Orsini. The facilities are very nice and on the clinicals the faculty: student ratios are amazing."
"Very good interview the one I felt the best about by far."
"Its a great school and the interview day left me with an even more positive impression than I already had. Mr. Orsini is wonderful and so welcoming. His door is always open despite how busy he is."
"Its a behavioral interview. There is no right or wrong answers generally. They just want to see how you get to those answers. RELAX!"
"Beautiful school, tour guides were enthusiastic, overall a much better day than I had expected!!!"
"The small animal hospital is finished and absolutely PHENOMENAL. The dean referred to it as the best in the world. The people were friendly, but not overly so. Would have liked a welcoming reception of some kind but there was none. Not much information about the program, nor did they give us any info except financial."
"Free snacks and water in the holding room, take a water with you to your interview. Gives you thinking time and you're talking a lot! Everyone wore a black suit, wear something different so you stand out."
"Seriously, the interview feedback on this site is golden (I got asked many similar or exactly the same questions). Use it to your advantage. "
"They are in the midst of groundbreaking for a brand new 3-story small animal hopsital that they hope to have finish by late 2010. Interview wasn't entirely "cold" - they knew I had interviewed previously and had my PS in front of them."
"Basically, draw stories from ALL your experiences - personal relationships, family, jobs, animal, research, travel, etc. Don't just talk about animals. They want well-rounded people who have had different life experiences. I used my sense of humor to calm myself down in the beginning, and it wound up helping me build a repore w/ the interviewers. However, keep it clean if you're going to be witty!!"
"Overall, the impression I got of UF this year was much better than last year (I had interviewed in 2008). The students had an amazing attitude and you could tell their class was supportive of one another, rather than competitive. It's also great to know they have a lot of clubs that are all very active. "
"They re-use the same questions, and the interview is blind, so definitely look over interview feedback and take as many questions from it as you can to practice interviewing. Also, take the water they offer you, and bring it in the room. Your mouth will probably get dry (50 minutes is a lot of talking), and it also gives you a good method of stalling to think about answers to questions."
"The experience was a lot more stressful and less casual than my other interview. I felt very intimidated and like I was being lead around in circles with the questions. The campus and students were great though!"
"Overall the experience was great. I was a little nervous about having 3 people interview me at the same time, but it wasn't bad at all. The interview takes place all over the Academic building in offices and it makes you feel a lot more relaxed."
"It was a great experience! Very laid back, I didn't feel nervous at all. I was greeted at the door by a group of first years, one of whom led me to the pre-interview room. They had water and snacks (take the water in the room with you, you'll need it!) and we were able to interact with our fellow applicants and other first-years at the school. The interview panel consists of a UF clinician, another Florida-based veterinarian, and a 3rd or 4th year student. At your appointed time, the student comes to get you and take you to the interview room. It lasts 50 minutes and it really does fly by. I was nervous about that because my previous interviews were all under 30 minutes. Afterwards, you go to a post-interview room where you have a chat with the Associate Dean of Admissions. Each interview group gets a tour and then you're free to go!"
"It was great!! I stressed myself out WAY too much, but once I was in the room with the 2 proffs and the 4th year, it was like having a conversation with three old friends."
"Fantastic! 12 of us started off in a small conference room where we got to socialize and Dean Thompson explain the procedure to us. Then, our student interviewers came to escort us to our interview rooms. My interviewers were really nice and easy to talk to. After the interview was done, the student took us to a post-interview room where Dean Thompson told us what to expect in the next week. Then we went on a tour of the school. Overall, it was a great experience and I wasn't the least bit nervous!"
"It is was not intimidating as thought it would be. The intervieweers are very friendly and they try to make you feel as comfortable as possible. "
"Interview had one Professor (DVM), one person who was a local practicing DVM, and the other a senior vet student at UF"
"Before your interview you stay in a room with the other applicants and there are some first yr students so you can ask them questions,etc. The interview was long...an hour more or less. I felt it would never end. I had one faculty interviewer, one 4th yr student and another guy ( he was an alumni, but I don't know what else he was...). The interviewers were nice and friendly and didn't make me feel uncomfortable. However, the interview felt mechanical. They ask the same list of questions to every applicant and I think they grade you (A,B,C...) on every question. They just had a list of questions to ask me. One question right after the other...a LOT of questions. And b/c they had to ask so many q's I didn;t have time to really expand on my answers. One interviewer asked me about my experiences,etc, the other about ethical q's,etc...the third about behavioral q's. I didnt really like the way they interview applicants. I felt the other interviews I had at other schools that were more *natural*, with no *set* q's were better, and that they interviewers got to know me as a person better. Anyway, just my opinion..."
"It was okay. The questions were very basic though I found them to be redundant. "
"Everyone was very welcoming and considerate. Dr. Thompson, the interviewers, the tour guides, they all created an environment that I would very much like to be a part of."
"It was overall very pleasant. My interview was in the late afternoon, and I showed up an hour early. I went into the academic building of the vet school, found the classroom where we were meant to wait and discovered a nametag and a list of my interviewers. They also had water, sodas and snacks, and freshman vet students in the room to answer questions. Dean Thompson (the dean of admissions) personally came to us and spoke to us for a while before interviews started. Then one of your interviewers would come and fetch you to the room where you would interview. The interviews were scheduled to last 50 minutes, but mine lasted an hour. After the interview was over, I took a tour of the veterinary hospital/academic building."
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"I think it was a great experience. I think even just that the acceptance to interview email seemed genuinely excited to have me interview shows how set apart UF is from other schools."
"Considering Multiple Mini Interviews so there are multiple interviewers and a way to try something new."
"Get back to applicants sooner about their acceptance!"
"Notify students in a timely manner"
"Faster turnover time for decisions, UF takes quite a while for interview notification and acceptance notification."
"Work out the system kinks that slowed the process down this year."
"Mrs. Chaparro and Mr. Orsini are doing a great job! :)."
"For the early interviews, it may be nice to have a small formal meeting where they present some basics about the school. I was able to ask lots of questions to students and faculty but I would've appreciated a basic intro to the school."
"None. The interview day was wonderful and well organized. I greatly appreciated how transparent Johnathan Orsini was with us about the process and when we would find out our status. He even told us how many people were interviewed for in-state and OOS vs how many spots were available."
"Because I was on the alternate list for the interview, the office forgot to pass my name along to th"
"Be nicer on the phone when we call. There were points i felt like I was just being a hassle when i w"
"More use of email communication would be nice."