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Optometry School Interview Questions

30 Optometry School Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
What are you reading right now?
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Do you feed your mind on a regular basis? What kind of literature do you prefer and why? Talk to the interviewers about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.

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"Currently I am reading 'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday. It is a book about ambition, resilience and success. I feel that everyone should read it - it comes highly recommended."
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Question 2 of 30
Your work load at our school will be high. How do you handle stress?
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The interviewers want to see that you will be capable of handling the stressful workload associated with the optometry program at their university.

Are you someone who is able to handle stress like it's nothing or do you implode when times get tough? Talk to the interviewers about your ability to manage the pressure of a heavy and challenging work load.

Answer Example
"I handle stress very well and if you call my previous professors for references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure with a challenging work load, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will ask for help when necessary to alleviate some stress."
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Question 3 of 30
Many optometrists have an area of specialty in which they work. What area of optometry interests you the most?
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Before your interview, you should conduct some research on areas of specialty that are offered in optometry.

Some branches of optometry:

- Vision therapy
- Brain injury
- Glaucoma
- Macular degeneration
- Neuro-optometric cases
- Myopia control

Answer Example
"I have always had my eye on a specialty in vision problems due to brain trauma. I really like working on challenging cases."
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Question 4 of 30
Do you consider yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Perhaps you have led a club at school, been an assistant coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a local non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500, or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader.

Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of confidence when challenges arise.

Answer Example
"In my current school, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage student engagement while being a positive influence on the culture at my university. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to university life, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities when it comes to my career as an optometrist."
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Question 5 of 30
What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing optometry school?
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The interviewers want to know about your knowledge surrounding the challenges of optometry school. It's great to wear rose colored glasses from time to time, but you must also be realistic when it comes to the difficulties you will face while earning your PhD.

Before your interview, take a look at the course components. Are there any areas that you foresee to be a big challenge?

Answer Example
"I understand that optometry school is going to be one of the greatest challenges of my life. I looked through the course outline here and, from what I see, I think the biggest challenge for me will be visual neurophysiology. I have heard that it is the most challenging course so I have already hired a tutor in anticipation."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 09/18/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Optometry School

September 15th, 2018

Optometry school will help you gain the necessary knowledge to help people who need to wear prescription glasses. This is a highly competitive field. Students who apply to optometry school would have generally obtained impressive grades in high school and they would also have spent some time shadowing a professional in the field or doing an internship.
If your application is impressive enough, you will be invited for an interview by the optometry school that you applied to. At your interview, you will be asked several questions to determine your suitability to this career path. Be prepared to emphasize your dedication and commitment when answering all questions that come your way. The optometry school interviewing panel will want to know how you think you would benefit your community through your optometry career. They will also want to know why you chose their optometry school. To see more about what questions to expect, take some time to go through those listed at mock interview questions.