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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Pomona
Individual Feedback 1 18 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 17
Negatively 0
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.61 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.39 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.89 18

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 3
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 6
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 3
45 minutes 3
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 17
At a regional location 0
At another location 1

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 16
In a group 2

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 1
Closed file 17

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.00 18

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What leadership positions have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some hardships you've encountered and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an time when you displayed leadership" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about an obstacle you have overcome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have any obstacles? If so, how did you overcome it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever have to change someones opinion and how did you handle it" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a time where you went out of your way to help someone" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time that put your own goal to help others" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you had a lot of things to do and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to put your own goals on hold to help someone else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you used creativity and hard work to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to achieve a goal." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"When is a time where you had to overcome an obstacle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"example of leadership" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your volunteering experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name an obstacle and how you over came it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you done any volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an accomplishment you are proud of" More from this Member | Report Response

"when was a time where you sacrificed for someone else" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe how you use creativity to solve a problem" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a disagreement you had with someone and how you dealt with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where you had to use creativity to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time in which you went out of your own way to help someone else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to put your own interests on hold to help another." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Did anyone help you get through an obstacle? (family or friends)" More from this Member | Report Response

"memorable volunteering experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have any leadership roles or positions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you gone out of your way to help somebody? Why WesternU? What kind of leadership positions have you held? How do you think you will adjust to grad school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a challenging time in your life" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to put your own goals on hold to help someone else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to convince someone to change their opinion." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you went above and beyond to reach a goal." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation and how you reacted to the problem." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you like to study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"biggest accomplishment" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will transition into optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play soccer" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a church in ____? (I had just been talking about my volunteer work at my church at home, they were asking if I had been able to find a church near my university, since it's far from home)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you work at LasikPlus, if patients asked you why you haven't gotten the procedure done, how would you reply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was behavioral question. not much" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview questions themselves were behavioral, but afterward they might start asking personal questions based on how you answered. Like for me, they asked me what I like to do in my spare time and I said I liked to travel, so they asked me what was the most beautiful place I've been to." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all just behavioral questions... nothing too special." More from this Member | Report Response

"Eh...they are all pretty much the same, nothing really too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, everything was straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your preferred study method/learning environment? (I hadn't prepared an answer to this one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you accomplished?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was asked about optometry. All behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were not bad but I don't feel I have much experience with life to give a good answer" More from this Member | Report Response

"None in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to convince someone to change their opinion." More from this Member | Report Response

"The creativity one held me up for a minute." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all pretty tough, to be honest." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN and other behavioral type questions from Google" More from this Member | Report Response

"I went over SDN example questions and went through the wording of my answers with my aunt." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Writing answers to questions that schools" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at interview feedback on student doctor net" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, looked up behavioral questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"read interview feedback on sdn. almost all the questions they asked were posted here" More from this Member | Report Response

"SND, look up behavioral question online" More from this Member | Report Response

"Brushed up on interview questions I found online." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a couple of mock interviews and looked up behavioral interview questions online to review." More from this Member | Report Response

"Googled "Behavioral Interview Questions" and did a little bit of practice. Pretty much just be prepared with 2-3 experiences, and adjust it to fit with the question during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"I googled behavioral interview questions and just tried to reflect on some of my personal experiences. Honestly, there's not much you can do to prepare..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had to google "behavioral interview questions" and practice answering them" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They made the interview more like a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was extremely nice, the interview felt more like a conversation which helped me since it was my first one." More from this Member | Report Response

"how kind the interviewers were" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly and welcoming staff and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Campus was nice, on campus housing was really nice, faculty very friendly. I liked that the interview was at the beginning of the day, then we toured around." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities and on campus apartments were brand new" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff were extremely friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"the new building for the optometry program, new equipment, new clinic, interdisciplinary approach, impressive and well thought out curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"they are working very hard to get accredited. They spend a lot of money to get the best technology for classroom and lab. Also, I love the idea of 4 houses competing for the class cup (think Harry Potter) and having a second year be your buddy" More from this Member | Report Response

"All faculty members were very helpful and informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness and enthusiasm of the staff and students. They really take the stress off your mind and are so accommodating. Also, the new facilities are clean and cutting-edge. The optometry school and eye care center are new too. It's nice to know I'll be learning and working in a nice and clean environment. Plus, they actually offered lunch and snacks this year!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and staff were really friendly and enthusiastic, and the facilities are really high-tech." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great and friendly staff, really excited to show you what they have to offer. Amazing technology and facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole school and program are pretty outstanding. The facilities were great. Faculty was very nice and responsive" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Sometimes Zoom would kick us out of our meeting rooms." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was three questions and was only 20 mins long. I felt like the interview portion of the day was the least important part to them. It is a behavioral type of interview and it was mostly just conversation between us, but I really got the sense that they were more or less just selling the school to us." More from this Member | Report Response

"On campus security" More from this Member | Report Response

"pomona is ghetto and very unappealing, they also mentioned the new equipment so much that i felt like i was dealing with a used car salesman" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish they were accredited and had more developed externship sites. I would so go here. I assume security in the area is not great. So many security guards!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Compared to the optometry school, the area itself doesn't seem very nice and doesn't look like it offers much to do either. Also, the classrooms and clinics are all painted in white...a little hard on the eyes after a while." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, except the surrounding area is pretty ghetto... oh, and they have a bunch of creepy statues throughout the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location (Pomona) is kind of 'bleh'" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was almost 7 hours long!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had an example iternary beforehand so I had an idea of what the day would look like." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where the HEC building was" More from this Member | Report Response

"That they were really innovative and thinking outside to box to provide the best education and experience. I can see them being successful in the future. Just not now" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be nice to have an itinerary ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They are very straight-forward about what to expect. The day was pretty long though (7:45AM-1PM), but after the interview it goes by pretty quickly." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I knew how laid back the whole day was going to be, maybe it would have relieved some of the stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"How to answer behavioral interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They know about your profile / work and volunteer experience beforehand." More from this Member | Report Response

"Good school and be yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought because it was a closed file interview that the first question they would ask is tell me about yourself or why optometry, but the first question was give me an example of a leadership role. It was a short interview and i left it wishing i could have spoke more. Also there were no follow-up questions to any of my responses." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour of the campus was given by three students, who also ate lunch with us, and the tour of the eye center was given by one of the faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"california is nice but the area around the school is not" More from this Member | Report Response

"WesternU seems like a very promising university." More from this Member | Report Response

"5 behavioral questions, nothing else." More from this Member | Report Response

"After the interview, everything is a breeze. You'll get a presentation on curriculum and financial aid. Afterward is the pre-clinic tour with staff and campus tour with students. You get to eat lunch with students too. Eat breakfast before and wear comfortable shoes!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't really consider WUCO to be one of my top choices, but after the interview/tour it is definitely up there. If it weren't for the newness of the program, it would be my No. 1 pick." More from this Member | Report Response

"WesternU's program looks exciting and well-crafted. The faculty and students that we met with were awesome and very helpful. One of our guides stayed with us after the whole thing was over and showed us anything we wanted to check out." More from this Member | Report Response

"After my day, I was definitely positively influenced by the presentation and enthusiasm of the staff. They are a young program at Western, but they are not short of resources, direction, and performance. Has potential to be one of the top and most unique programs in the nation." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 10
Faculty member 4
Admissions staff 2
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 13
Neutral 3
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.35 17

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 9
Out of state 8

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 2
2-3 hours 3
4-6 hours 4
7+ hours 6

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 9
Automobile 6
Train or subway 0
Other 0

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 3
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 4
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 1
$501+ 4

What airport did you use?

I used Long Beach but because it was closer to my aunt's house.

LAX

ONT

ontario

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 9
Home 1
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

best western

Hampton Inn Chino Hills

ontario grand inn and suites

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

best western

Hampton Inn Chino Hills

ontario grand inn and suites

Yes

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
7.39 18

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
4.94 18

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
5.06 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.89 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.89 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.89 18

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None, it was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions department helps make WesternU such an attractive school." More from this Member | Report Response

"It'd be nice to get an itinerary of the day beforehand so we can get an idea of what we're going to be doing on interview day. For example, I didn't know lunch was going to be offered so I brought a bunch of food with me and had to carry it around all day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of my e-mails were left unanswered! I had to e-mail the same message several times to different people just to get a response." More from this Member | Report Response

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