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  • New England College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

Only 1. Typically there would have been 2 interviews, one with a professor and one with a student. Because there was just me and one other student, they thought having a student interview was unnecessary.

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)?

"Why Optometry? Why NECO?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What was your biggest achievement/failure? Talked about my leadership experience." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What was the most difficult course you took in college? Do you have any questions for me? Why did you decide to apply so late in the cycle?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Asked me about one of my job experiences and gave me a "What if" scenario and wanted to know my thoughts "out of curiosity"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Anything you would like to add to your file that you want me to let the committee know that has changed since you've submitted your application?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN. If you study these questions, you're good to go. 90% of the questions I got came from here. The ones I mentioned, you're probably going to get asked. Also, know your personal statement and extra curricular activities that you put on your application well. My interviewer seemed to know EVERYTHING about my extra curricular and leadership roles, so know them well because they will probably ask you questions relating to your application/experiences. Otherwise, it's CLOSED interview in terms of your grades - mine didn't seem to know anything about my GPA/grades/OAT scores. But he did seem to have my experiences other details from my application memorized." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was extremely friendly. The interview was very laid back and not intimidating at all. He sometimes answered my questions for me. For example he would start by saying "Do you have any leadership skill... oh yes, yes you do obviously you do" and then before I could speak, he would start to list all of the things I put on my application.. LOL. I liked that he already knew who I was - like I said it was like he memorized my application, it shows me that he was interested in who I am on a personal level. It was a beautiful building and city. I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie (I'm from California and it was the first time I'd seen such historic buildings and architecture)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I sometimes thought I wasn't able to speak as much as I wanted - he'd ask me a question and I'd want to fully express who I am, but he'd cut me off, and then start talking about the school and what they have to offer for me, according to half of my response. I almost felt like he did more talking than I did! He was really nice though, and I did enjoy the interview. The location was a bit small, and I felt like the lab area and classrooms were small and in such a small area. Also, before the interview began, I felt like the information presented about the school was a bit overload - all I could think about was the interview! It made it hard to really absorb any information that was given. After each powerpoint slide on the paper given to us, I kept thinking "Is it over yet? How many more pages are there? When is the interview?" and I'd start reciting interview answers in my head, and nodded my head as if I were listening to information about the school..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it wouldn't be that stressful! I would have spent a lot less time worrying. It was nice. If anything, they try to sell the school more to YOU instead of you trying to sell yourself to them (regardless if you're there for an interview to get accepted). But don't be TOO relaxed. Make sure you just go over the questions on here/the questions I mentioned, and you'll be fine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Loved the people there. Staff and students were so, so nice. I'll def. be considering this school, it seems like a nice place to be. Lots of stairs! Ladies - wear flats. They also serve you some breakfast and lunch - no worries about being hungry" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

Boston Logan

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

463 Beacon St. Guest House

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

4/11/14

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

8 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?

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 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?

4 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"An e-mail confirmation after the interview was scheduled would have been nice." Report Response

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