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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"Do you know what the differences are between optometrists in California and Canada (where I am from)?" Report Response

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

"Do you have family members in the health care profession? If so what area? " Report Response

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

"Why did you apply to so many schools (I applied to 7)? What did you look for in each school? Why SCCO?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will you give back to the community when you are an optometrist?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing difficult. Just know what you are going to say when they ask why optometry, and why not another health care field. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Dr. Munroe's email attachments, practising answers from a list of potential questions, reading about the school" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities. The clinic and library are really nice. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"No cafeteria on campus but there are fridges to leave your lunch and places nearby to go to. Student didn't show up to my interview, but luckily one of my interviewers was kind enough to take me on the tour." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the interview would be like a conversation about myself and my motivations. (Remember to eat before your interview since you do not get any food. I was given water though)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Schools is amazing. Staff/students are really nice. They make decisions every Monday, so I found out I was in a week after my interview:)" 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?

10 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?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

Ontario International-was cheaper than LAX

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?

Heritage inn (discount with SCCO interview letter!

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/12/2009

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?

10 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?

10 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?

8 out of 10

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