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  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Bloomington
Individual Feedback 1 20 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 15
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.58 19

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 20

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 20

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 3
30 minutes 7
35 minutes 1
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 2
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 2

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 20
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 15
In a group 4

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 7
Closed file 12

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.95 20

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

"What questions do you have for us." More from this Member | Report Response

"They didn't ask any questions; it was simply a group session where they inform you about the school--however, it appears that this was a pilot so it may not be the same in the spring or upcoming years" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your least favorite part about Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some challenges you were faced with while in school as an undergraduate student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry? I ended up answering most of their questions through this question. Make sure you talk about shadowing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Compare your experiences with the optometrists you've shadowed. What would you say are some good or bad issues in the world of optometry right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one of your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why barry" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pod?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why so far down south?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer activities (open file intrerview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you adjust your life after undergraduate work" More from this Member | Report Response

"weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will adjust to graduate level school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to? How will you choose between public university and private optometry-only schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your favorite thing about working in the field of Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some current issues within optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why IU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give examples where you were a leader in a diverse setting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you plan to compensate for that weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why florida?" More from this Member | Report Response

"--" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will adjust to grad school? (open-file interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what was your gpa and oat average" More from this Member | Report Response

"why IU" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think that your teachers would describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will adjust to graduate school atmosphere?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your greatest strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Indiana?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself practicing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What keeps you up at night about grad school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry? Why IU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"--" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (closed-file interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why would you pick this school over the others" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain your deficiencies" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experience have you had interacting with opthamologists and optometrists that work in conjunction with opthamologists?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What does your job (optometric tech) consist of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were particularly interesting, mostly expected questions that were previously posted on SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer work." More from this Member | Report Response

"You are involved in a lot of sports. Why not go down that path?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you balance having a girlfriend, being at a new school, and graduate school in general?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"none.. i did a few internships and he really didn't have any questions ... i guess it shows im interested in pod" More from this Member | Report Response

"To comment on current issues in Canadian healthcare relating to optometry (I am a Canadian applicant)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were predictable and straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were particularly interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why IU school of Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about pursuing research after obtaining your OD?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness (non-academic)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some current issues within optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your weakness and how will you deal with this in grad school? I knew it was coming and I couldn't answer it very well." More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't any questions that were really difficult. They were all rather straightforward." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you shadow an opthamologist? (I didn't)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem in optometry that affects you" More from this Member | Report Response

"weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's currently going on in the realm of health care? The question seemed to broad to me; I didn't know where to start or what to talk about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry instead of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the current issues in optometry right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Talking with students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Doctor Network and previous interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Previous interviews, SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, other websites with interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, and mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Research. Talked to students and used sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at StudentDoctor Network, asked myself the questions I found to be common on the interview feedback, and looked up issues affecting the world of optometry." More from this Member | Report Response

"Calmed myself down." More from this Member | Report Response

"read barrys webpage" More from this Member | Report Response

"reading on sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"read info from school packet/sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Researching the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website, school services" More from this Member | Report Response

"Look at SDN interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"previous interview experience" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Overall atmosphere of the student community." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and the fact that the pre-clinic facilities will be remodeled. Also, the buffet lunch was excellent" More from this Member | Report Response

"I LOVED Bloomington, loved the school, loved the BRAND NEW clinic. Also that the area was very safe." More from this Member | Report Response

"GREAT lunch, wonderful faculty and buildings, BEAUTIFUL campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is beautiful, the new clinic is opening in December, and everyone was so nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty was so nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The town of Bloomington is absolutely beautiful and reminds me a lot of my undergrad school's town. The faculty, staff, and students that we had the chance to interact with were all incredibly nice and excited to have us there that day. Also, the BRAND NEW clinic is scheduled to open up across the street in December." More from this Member | Report Response

"AWESOME LUNCH. Friendliness of everyone." More from this Member | Report Response

"campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"awesome weather year-round" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of everyone (students, interviewers, locals)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the friendliness of the people, especially the students that came and talked to us" More from this Member | Report Response

"town's great" More from this Member | Report Response

"The bars and social life at IU." More from this Member | Report Response

"enthusiasm of tour guide and welcome meet" More from this Member | Report Response

"The city of Bloomington" More from this Member | Report Response

"The town and campus were beautiful and very safe. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Just that parking is a problem (university campus), and that the cafeteria is about a 10 minute walk from the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, we had a few delays to the schedule, but it all worked out in the end." More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't think of anything in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The School of Optometry is just a big concrete building. Not really any special architecture or anything. Just concrete." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"the old buildings" More from this Member | Report Response

"didn't really see school (besides quick tour), didn't meet any pod students/profs.. or see any clinics on interview day. Interview is a lawyer .. pretty general on answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"They hadn't started construction on the new clinic yet even tho they were supposed to have already started.." More from this Member | Report Response

"the closed file interview was very intimidating" More from this Member | Report Response

"i couldn't hear the tour guide" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers and the school's building/clinic. One interviewer didn't talk at all, and the other seemed like he was out to get me. Also, the clinic seemed empty; I don't see how you get a good clinical education there." More from this Member | Report Response

"one of the interviewers never looked at me during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was very mediocre. The student tour guide did not really show us much but a hallway." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the meeting rooms and classrooms are in need of remodeling or updating in the optometry building." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You take a 10 minute walk to get lunch in the middle of campus and then come back. Also, prepare a lot of questions because the faculty panel and student panels are only there for them to answer your questions. Asking lots of questions will leave a more positive image." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was not a real interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be extremely sick that day! And that we would be taking a 10 minute walk across campus (do NOT wear heels)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, knew about almost everything ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"How easy the conversation would flow. It was less intimidating than my interview for my first summer job at McDonald's." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would have to eat at a very fancy place with one of the head people of the admissions council. I was so nervous to spill food." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview consisted of two parts: one part where you are interviewed by an Admissions Staff member, then a second part where you are interviewed by two faculty members." More from this Member | Report Response

"More about M.S./Ph.D. programs." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"it seems as if pod students are treated as if you were any other undergrad major.. not really impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"2 interviews - one open-file where you begin by ensuring file is complete and several easy questions, one closed-file with 2 interviewers that is more intense The interviewers just want to have a conversation with you, not looking to grill you or make you nervous, BE YOURSELF" More from this Member | Report Response

"that the two interviews were vastly different from each other. the open file was great, the closed file was scary. one interviewer never spoke and the other just fired off questions. neither of them ever looked up at me." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Very laid back atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you prefer a small town to a big city, this is the school for you!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very relaxing, and the interviews are really casual. The buffet lunch is great, so come hungry. Also, you have PLENTY of time for questions, so you'll get all the info you need on their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really loved IU. It just "fit" my personality. I know that sounds weird, but I felt like it was meant to be!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved the school in general, and I feel it has much to offer to me as a student and a resident of Bloomington. If you are interested in a top notch education at a top notch research-based institution, IU is definitely for you. I will more than likely end up there if accepted (should find out hopefully in the next few weeks)." More from this Member | Report Response

"great weather" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was hot and easy" More from this Member | Report Response

"do not stress this interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was FUN - great opportunity to meet other students, get a feel for the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"i thought i did horribly, but i ended up getting accepted. i think the closed file interview was just a tactic, so keep your cool!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"2 on 1 for the closed-file and 1 on 1 for the open-file. 2 on 1 was pretty intense as one doctor didn't smile once. other applicants who interviewed with on that day thought the same way. he was ready to make someone cry. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very disappointed with my visit. Beyond what was already mentioned, the interview day was not set-up well at all. After every part of the day, the other applicants and I were left alone just waiting for someone to come get us. Instead of organizing the day in such a manner that it would be a good use of both their time and ours, instead I spent half the day sitting awkwardly in one lobby or another. On a positive note, they did treat us to an excellent lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Fairly formal but the interviewers were very nice and willing to answer any questions I had." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 16
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 4
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 18
Neutral 2
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.60 20

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 7
Out of state 13

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 2
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 6
7+ hours 7

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 7
Automobile 13
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 4
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 5
$301-$400 3
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

IND

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 1
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 3
Hotel 11
Home 1
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.55 20

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 20

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.20 20

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.44 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
8.44 9

0 = low, 10 = high

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