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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What is your opinion on HMO's?" Report Response

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

"Did you consider careers in other health professions, like pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, podiatry? Why not ophthalmology?" Report Response

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

"What are some current issues in the news relating to optometry?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"We see in your essay that you know a few students at SCCO. What have they told you about SCCO?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think you could contribute to SCCO?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Didn't have much time except the night before - looked over possible questions from SDN, my school's career services handouts on interview tips, and some other websites. I had also attended an interview workshop hosted by career services at which we practiced a few interview questions and critiqued each other. I also checked out the AOA, COA, and a couple other websites, and I read the news headlines. But I still wasn't really well prepared for the current events and legislation and issues surrounding optometry questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was really relaxed and friendly, we laughed a lot." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some of the questions were a bit hard to answer." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Well, I wish I could've prepared answers to the questions a little better, I didn't have much time. So I didn't feel like I had a GREAT interview, but it wasn't bad either - I was confident, just not well-prepared. =P" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First we had to write a 30 minute essay on professionalism using one characteristic from a list of 3 they provided (everyone got a different one). Then we had a 30 minute financial aid talk, and then we split into 4 groups. My group went on a 1-hour tour with a 1st year student first, and then we did our interviews for about an hour (a little less), and then we had a 15-min consultation to make sure all of our application was completed and that we were on track, and what would happen next. We'll know our acceptance or placement on alternate list or rejection next week - they're mailing out letters on Monday (interview was Saturday). The interviews were closed file except for essays and optional one-page resume of awards and activities Tips and advice: Just make sure you're on your best behavior at all times, keeping good posture, smiling, and being kind and considerate to all people." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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