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  • SUNY - College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why optometry?" Report Response

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

"How would you decide which optometry school to go to if you were accepted into all the ones you applied to?" Report Response

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

"Have you ever been to New York before?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What will you remember the most about your undergrad school outside of the classroom?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Was there any issue in this last election that you felt particularly strongly about?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Thought of sample questions and reviewed information about the school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is located near Times Square in downtown New York, which I thought was cool. The clinic is new and big. We also had lunch with a student of whom we could ask questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was rushed because we got a little behind on the interviews. Also, the school is located in one building in downtown, so there's not really a ''campus'' like most schools. This may be negative to some people." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First, there was a 20 minute, one page written question. It was something to the effect of, ''Explain a time when you had to use effective communication skills.'' Then was the actual interview with three faculty members, including Dr. Johnston. They asked a lot of questions and did not do much talking themselves. Things they asked about included: my undergrad school (why I went there, what I liked about it, campus issues, etc.), my experience with optometry (what kinds of optometrists I shadowed, how often I shadowed, what kind of practices/specialties I saw), extracurricular activities (what they were, what I did in them), classwork (I was asked about a Bioethics course I took, poor grades), political issues (recent or upcoming elections, voting). I am not into politics at all, so I didn't do too well answering my question about the last election. I also had only shadowed general practitioners, so I thought these points reflected negatively of me. I was still accepted, though, so don't let one or two tough questions bring you down." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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

$401-$500

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hilton Times Square

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/03/2007

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?

9 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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