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  • Pacific University College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Forest Grove
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"If we could fly your best friend here right now, what would he or she say about you?" Report Response

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

"What are your hobbies and interests?" Report Response

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

"What could you bring/add to Pacific's campus?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could go back and take more classes in undergrad that are not prereqs, what kind of classes would you take?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What qualities do you think an optometrist should possess? And which of these characteristics do you think you possess already? Which do you not yet possess?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over practice questions from SDN, read over info about the school, spoke with current students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The family-oriented atmosphere and small ''hometown'' feel to Forest Grove. It was not very intimidating and all of the faculty were very friendly and enthusastic." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The clinicals director was very abrasive and tried to sugar-coat the fact that the clinics that actually had patients coming through at a steady pace were all located in Portland . . . an hour away. The facilities seemed a bit small." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Pacific attempts to accept an equal number of males and females for each class, so with the ratios going the way they are, all males should apply to Pacific since they'll have a great chance of getting in! I didn't see how this isn't discrimination of gender. Shouldn't all have an equal opportunity to be accepted regardless of gender, race, religion, etc?!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was actually interviewed by two faculty, rather than the usual one faculty and one student. I did not prefer this format. The two were sitting rather close but far apart from each other, so splitting my attention between the two while I spoke nearly got me dizzy. It was NOT as relaxed as everyone makes it out to be because with a 2-on-1 interview, it's much more difficult for the interview to flow like a conversation. The interviewers took turns asking questions and they were much trickier and difficult to answer (at least about yourself) than my other interviews. The interviewers almost lost their personalities as soon as it was my turn to be asked questions, and then became people again when it was my turn to ask questions at the end. It was really intimidating. I also was very UNimpressed with the clinicals director - he was rapid-firing questions at us applicants at a very vulnerable time and completely ignored some people in the room. I found him to be borderline unprofessional. The area is gorgeous though - great for someone used to the small, hometown feel. It's also great having the undergrad right there because it opens up the extra curriculars like sports and music so that it's not always the same 30 people participating! It's a very active campus, and the cafeteria was fantastic. Save room for a big burrito!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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?

PDX

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/12/2007

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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