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"Got to update some of the documents they send out pre- and post-interview."
"Please accept me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"I did not get to interact much with the admissions office other than when i called in to schedule in the interview. They didn't seem very friendly however they handle thousands of applications. I would suggest that they send confirmation emails to the invited applications to confirm their interview date. The woman who scheduled me abruptly ended the call and I did not feel confident that my interview had been scheduled."
"one-on-one interview would be helpful i think!"
"Traffic is very bad in the morning. You should leave no later than 6:50am if you live ~20 minutes away via freeway."
"Not speed through the tour. Spend less time going through their powerpoints on intro and financial aid"
"Warn about LA morning traffic for those driving."
"Have the tour earlier in the day, especially if that is going to be a question on the feedback form"
"I would highly suggest having the tour early on in the interview process."
"Solid dates for acceptance letters"
"the admission office staff were very rude I am not sorry to say that they were laughing at an ukrani"
"Make yourselves more easily available."
"Some students need a personal interview to address concerns on their applications.."
"If you could travel to any year, what year and why? (Icebreaker)"
"If you had a time machine and could travel to any time past or future, what year would you travel to and why?"
"At the beginning of the group activity they pass around a basket of questions. My first was "what person past present or future would I like to meet?""
"We each were asked to pick a paper out of a basket, read the question aloud and answer it in 90 seconds or less. My first question was "what was the last book you read or play you saw and would you recommend it?""
"If your house was burning down, what 3 things would you save?"
"Which of your five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing) would you choose to give up if you had to pick one?"
"If you were an Admissions Committee member. what qualities would make an ideal candidate? Please Explain"
"Are you aware that USC uses the PBL (problem based learning) system?"
"What is the last song you listened to on your itunes?"
"They didn't ask questions. We just did a PBL case."
"If you could travel anywhere it the world, where would it be and why?"
"how do you cope with stress"
"Randomly taken from a basket full of questions: What is your biggest accomplishment?"
"picked q out of basket-if you could travel anywhere, where?"
"We were divided into groups of about 10 applicants to do a PBL exercise. We also picked 2 questions out of a hat (very easy questions!) and answered in front of the group. Lastly, there was a brief 15-minute writing sample. Very laid back "interview"!"
"No Questions - just observed 10 of us discussing a case."
"They passed around a bucket with interview questions. We read the question aloud and then answered them in front of our group."
"If you could talk to anyone, past or present, who would you talk to?"
"Prompt to discuss"
"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended"
"A little fact that isn't in your application"
"60 minute PBL session. "
"USC's interview is somewhat different. Instead of having a one-on-one interview, 7-8 applicants are grouped together and they conduct a mock PBL session, where two faculty members are present and they evaluate your performance in the group."
"You dont have an interview. You have a mock PBL session with a group of about 7 interviewees."
"PBL case study - know the process of generating Facts, Ideas, Learning Needs"
"PBL involving a sick girl traveling... why do you think she's sick?"
"It is a mock PBL case. They observe how you interact with other students"
"PBL Mock session"
"non around a case not hard at all "
"girl gets sick pbl situation. why is she sick?"
"about a case, no personal interview and had an essay (best invention) "
"given story about someone getting sick and we had to brainstorm why the person was feeling sick."
"First section was a group PBL with 10 students and 2 faculty observers. They just guided the PBL but never gave any input into the discussion. Very easy."
"CASE QUESTIONS. GAVE ME A SCENARIO ABOUT AN OLD MAN WHO DRANK LEMONADE DURING A LIGHTING STORM AND GOT SICK AFTER HIS WIFE HAD MADE MEATLOAF AND LEMONADE FROM LOCAL WELL WATER."
"do you have any questions?"
"None Just PBL, and 4 mock scenarios"
"No questions at all."
"No questions, just a mock PBL session. But here's a tip. If you are really interested in the program, during the mock PBL session, make it seem like you are good at going through the process and not just good at getting to the cause of the "problem"."
"There was no individual interview. It was a mock PBL session that you are grouped with 8 other students to work on. "
"Like I said before... no questions, just a group interaction evaluation."
"No questions asked"
"There were no specific questions...a mock PBL session was used."
"Writing sample: What are 1 or 2 ethical principles you live by?"
"No specific questions asked. Just general stuff when talking with them."
"do you have a quarter million dollars in your bank account? And can we, USC, share some of yours?"
"discussion quistions are not related to dentistry, no need to prepare. they only want to find out if you have a voice in a crowd "
"PBL interview structure: They will give you a storyline over 3 pages. Each page will contain more information than the last and your group's task is to evaluate each page and just discuss ideas. It is very simple and straight forward. There is very little you can do to prepare. My only advise is to BE YOURSELF! I can't stress that enough. Just enjoy."
"what have you heard about USC?"
"(To someone else) What was a situation in which your participation was necessary?"
"refer to "specific questions""
"What is my opinion on the Dental Post-Bacc program?"
"The entire experience itself was very distinct and interesting."
"I really enjoyed the PBL and found it interesting to be able to work on a mock case with other pre-dents."
"Standard questions... nothing really interesting."
"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended"
"Group PBL session. There are four pieces to the case. Work on one part at a time. Everyone got a chance to participate by either reading aloud, or writing on the board. There are two people evaluating. "
"Person traveling is sick. Figure out what is the reason why."
"You do the asking during the info session at the very beginning."
"What do you think the problem is?
Remember USC doesn't do a interview it is a mock PBL session"
"My name and major during introductions."
"What was the most recent current event your read?"
"Where I see myself in ten years (essay question)."
"FYI: WE HAD NO FORMAL INTERVIEW.
"No questions, this was a mock PBL session; very odd and not something I was pleased with"
"it is a mock PBL session"
"Because this was not a typical interview, there were no questions asked. We just introduced ourselves to the group."
"no questions asked"
"they don't ask any questions."
"what was the last book i read and would i recommend it to others and why."
"None, it was a group session simulating a PBL session."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"None. Only a mock PBL session, NO Personal Interview"
"PBL Trial, the only question asked was, "Please introduce yourself; name, undergraduate institution, major, what are you doing now?""
"Not a real interview. You arrive and they give you a writing sample to do for 15 minutes. Then you listen to speakers and videos about PBL and how to do PBL for an hour. Then you get a financial aid lecture that is really blunt and very helpful. After that, you spend 50-60 minutes in a group of 8 interviewing students doing a mock PBL Case (very simplified). The 2-3 "interviewers watch and evaluate you as you go through it. After that you take a tour and have lunch with students and faculty."
"PBL session. No questions asked"
"There is no typical interview took place, only a mock PBL practice."
"The PBL questions had to do with some person who was feeling sick while on a cruise and each part of the case reveals more information. Then you all throw out ideas of what the possible problem could be..."
"no specific questions. Only mock PBL"
"None, there were no questions asked. How, you might ask, do they choose who they accept if they don't ask you questions? I still haven't figured that out."
"No Questions Only a PBL case, I had the lemonade one."
"wasn't asked any questions."
"No questions whatsoever. I could have been a bank robber for all anyone knew."
"The school seems to be pleased with themselves that they do not do "interviews". Instead, they watch you in a group of about 10 people discuss a mock PBL case (unmedical related). I'm not sure how they can narrow down who they want to accept for students by just watching the group PBL case."
"No questions asked, but do be polite with the dental students who have lunch with you during lunch. They will ask you general questions so keep in mind that you have your name tag hanging from your lanyard."
"None, since there is no formal personal interview."
"None. it was a case based interview"
"A question that had to do with glycolysis"
""Why aren't you talking?????"
"If you want to get an acceptance letter from us (i.e. if you wanna sell your house to afford your tuition here), you should be talking!!""
"No questions were asked of the students interviewing at USC... their analysis of you is based on group interaction."
"No direct questions asked."
"no questions by the staff, all the quesitons came from the students during the PBL session, in order to help us out as a group"
"There were no direct questions asked, as there was no interview conducted. "
"There was not a formal interview at USC. It was a mock-Problem-Based Learning Session. It was interesting to see how this approach works...it is not for everyone, but it left me with a very positive imporession."
"onlyt people who want to gamble and try their luck can go here....this is regarding the international dentist program interviews....."
"PBL, so no personal interview"
"There were no specific questions directed at a particular student."
"Where did I learn spanish."
"Essay question: What do you think is the greatest invention?"
"none but the financial assistant was mentally asking me
"Can you afford this education? Due dates for financial assistance have been passed. But I need your money.""
"None. Just a group PBL session"
"there was no actual interview, just a group discuss session"
"What is the Kreb's cycle? (during orientation session by the faculty member, Dr.Shwal.. how do I spell his name?)"
"none.. just a mock PBL session."
"nothing it was PBL"
"PBL learning session, very interesting"
"No questions were asked. We were put into a group setting and given one problem to discuss."
"This was a group PBL interview. This was an interview for their international student program (ISP)."
"No question only PBL case. 3 part PBL a person read the first part, the group try to find fact, then ideas. after that another person read the second part, do the same thing as before and so on."
"there wasn't any questions. just a mock pbl group session. It was pretty interesting."
"PBL interview.. very easy going"
"There are no one-on-one questions. The whole interview is conducted through a mock PBL case. A group of applicants are monitored by a member of the admissions staff as your group fumbles through the rediculous PBL case they give you.(Kind of scares me that they don't interview each applicant individually)"
"how is the air in your cars tire?"
"No questions asked, our group participated in a mock PBL."
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