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  • Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Fullerton
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

No Response

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What do you know about the current legislation of optometry?" Report Response

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

"What's the difference between an optician, optometrist, and opthamologist?" Report Response

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

"What's a goal that you have that has nothing to do with optometry?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me something about yourself that wasn't in your essay, on your resume, and has nothing to do with optometry or your career goals." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me something about yourself that wasn't in your essay, on your resume, and has nothing to do with optometry or your career goals." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked up lists of questions optometry schools asked and answered them all on a word document. Did thorough research to form complete answers to all of those questions on the list (including legislative, current event, their school and all other schools I was applying to). Reread all documents available on Portal for the interview. Tried out a bunch of different interview outfits (and some last minute shopping). Ran some questions by a friend when I wasn't sure how to answer them (he came up with some good answers that made sense - ethical questions can be tricky)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"My interview Barry Weismann was candid, knowledgeable, easy to converse with and genuine." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Dr. Voorhees' (vice president of student affairs) body language was rather closed off. I understood why she was officially there but it didn't feel like she added anything to the interview process other than to simply see your face. When asked what questions I had, it seemed most of the time she looked at me like I was bizarre and would ask me why I asked or was interested in ____ topic. She either genuinely didn't understand why I asked or misinterpreted my questions. Either way, her lack of understanding, scrutiny and questioning of my intentions was extremely off-putting. There were other things in her mannerisms that weren't as positive-feeling or welcoming as the rest of the staff I met that day." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"What would be involved in meeting with the Vice-President of Student Affairs." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"SCCO is still my top pick school but after the interview I was left feeling somewhat disappointed that Dr. Voorhees would be our liaison between students and administration. Everyone else was extremely friendly and enthusiastic and the interview day was pretty laid-back. I like the positive atmosphere at this school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

No Response

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing. They are the sweetest people you will ever meet." Report Response

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