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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"So tell me why you wanted to do optometry." Report Response

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

"Why didn't you choose to go to Med School and go into opthalmology? (they want to make sure you have your reasons why that route isn't one you'd want to take so you don't regret being an O.D. later...)" Report Response

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

"What do you know about the scope of optometry?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I don't even recall many questions as the whole interview was like a long conversation. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none really difficult. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read the brochure they sent and watched all the videos on the CD. Other than that, just dropped by the campus a day earlier to make sure I knew where it was and wouldn't get lost the next day. I wouldn't advise walking around the neighborhood at night time." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly and inviting everyone was. Anthony, the information clerk at the front desk, is a crack-up and although he's got that tough-guy italian accent, he's actually incredibly friendly. The clinical exposure to ocular disease is immense and gives you plenty of experience if you're looking for a strong background in it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"nothing really. the workers at the local McDonald's weren't very nice, but don't let that even affect your decision to apply to this school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that I could have actually taken the subway from Midway Airport into town right by my hotel for $2.00 instead of the $24 I spent on a cab. Oh well." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed the interview, which didn't seem like much of an interview at all but more a conversation (like most others mention). Even though I read that it was a conversation, it doesn't put you at ease until you're actually there having your interview. I had a great interviewer and we had much to talk about. The students really loved it there and felt they were getting a solid education and clinical experience. The security on campus and at the residential complex across the street are great (for those worried about the immediate area) and Chicago is such a great town. " 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

MDW

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Chinatown Hotel

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/08/2007

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?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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