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  • Illinois College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"''What kinds of things did you do to prepare for the OAT?''" Report Response

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

"''What activities do you like to do outside of school?''" Report Response

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

"''Tell me about how you became interested in the profession of optometry''" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Most of the questions were pretty standard, ''why do you want to be an optometrist'' etc. It was realy more of a conversation. I think I asked my interviewer more questions than she asked me!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked ''what is one aspect of your study habits that you need to improve''. Not TOO tough of a question, but I hadn't prepared for it. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, browsed the school's website, emailed an optometrist that graduated from the school. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The whole interview day was very well organized, lots of opportunities to ask questions. All of the faculty, staff and students who I met were very friendly, and seemed genuinely passionate about the school and what it has to offer. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The part of town that ICO is in isn't the greatest, but it's not as bad as I'd heard it was, and people said it is improving. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it would be so relaxed. It really seemed like " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"There was a group of four of us that had interviews on the same day, and we were all together for the tour of the school and the financial aid presentation. There was also a file review (really not a big deal, they just make sure you have all the pre-reqs and LOR's etc), that was conducted individually. All four of us were interviewed at the same time, by four different interviewers. Seems like it's the luck of the draw as to what interviewer you get. I heard that some are tougher than others. My interviewer was very nice, and put me at ease right away. The actual interview is really nothing to stress over, if I had known that it would be so relaxed I would have enjoyed the day a lot more! At the very end, there was a LONG tour of the school, followed by lunch with some current students. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

ORD

Where did you stay?

At school facility

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/03/0006

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?

8 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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