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Top 30 Optometry School Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
We want students who have a true passion for optometry. What appeals to you most, about working in the field of optometry?
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Question 2 of 30
What other schools of optometry have you applied to and where does our school rank?
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The interviewers would like to understand the types of schools you are interested in. Knowing where you are applying will help them to better understand if their university will be able to meet your specific needs and educational desires or goals. You should be transparent when answering this question but be sure to avoid saying anything offensive such as 'this school is my last choice'. Pick out the number one reason why you want to attend their school and focus on that.

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"I have applied to four other optometry schools. Those schools are A, B, C, and D. My interest in your university is strong because you are highly regarded in the industry. The reputation of your school is unmatched. I would be so proud to say that I graduated from this school."
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Question 3 of 30
Which optometry related newspapers, journals or publications do you read to stay in touch with new industry discoveries, and current events?
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The interviewers want to see that you have a keen interest in continually learning your craft. The optometry industry is ever changing! Talk about how you stay up to date on industry trends, new breakthroughs, optometry related concerns, and more.

List a couple of optometry related medical journals that you like to read and discuss how often you dive into related news. Perhaps you subscribe to a particular magazine, blog, or follow certain social media accounts.

It's also a great idea to ask the interviewers about their favorite ways to stay in touch on related current events. Asking this question in return can make for a great dialogue, and you never know what you will learn!

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"I am sure to read AOA News, and INVISION Mag, on a regular basis. In addition to these medical journals, I also subscribe to Berkeley Eye Center's online blog. It's important to diversify where your news comes from and I would love some fresh suggestions. What are your favorite places for news on current trends?"
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Question 4 of 30
How does your family feel about you becoming an optometrist? Do you have a great deal of support?
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The interviewers want to know that if you were accepted into their school that you would have the support required for your heavy and challenging work load.

Discuss a bit about your family such as anyone who lives near you or how your family expresses their excitement for your career. You can also mention anyone in your family who may have had a similar path in optometry.

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"My family is incredibly proud of me for attending optometry school. My father is especially keen as he also graduated from this university. Both of my parents, as well as my older brother, live in the area so I will have a very strong and encouraging support system should I be accepted into your school."
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Question 5 of 30
How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?
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The interviewers want to see that you are confident and mature enough to accept feedback and criticism in a positive way, even when it is unsolicited.

Not all feedback will be delivered in a friendly, easy to absorb manner. Think to a time when you received feedback or criticism that was bit hurtful or surprising. Discuss how you reacted in a productive way.

It is important that you highlight for the interviewers that you were able to take the criticism and learn from it. Talk about how you successfully implemented change.

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"Last year I received a low grade on a chemistry project. When I approached my professor about the low grade, he said to me 'You can do better. I expected more from you'. I was taken aback at first but once I had time to absorb what was said, I realized that he expected more from me because he had high expectations of what I was capable of doing. It was a compliment, and a challenge, all rolled into one! I re-did the assignment with more gusto and passion the second time around. My grade improved significantly and I did thank that professor for holding me to a higher standard."
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Question 6 of 30
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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Question 7 of 30
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
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Question 8 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 9 of 30
Do you have aspirations to own your own practice in the future? What appeals to you about business ownership?
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Question 10 of 30
Why are you choosing optometry over other health care professions?
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Question 11 of 30
As an optometrist, how will you keep in touch with your community's needs?
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Question 12 of 30
What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing optometry school?
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Question 13 of 30
Do you consider yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 14 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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Question 15 of 30
What are you reading right now?
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Question 16 of 30
What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to becoming an optometrist?
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Question 17 of 30
It is important that our school exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into our optometry program this year?
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Question 18 of 30
In your opinion, what is the most concerning topic facing optometry today?
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Question 19 of 30
Optometry school is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs at our school, and beyond?
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Question 20 of 30
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
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Question 21 of 30
Why should our school accept you over another optometry student with the same qualifications?
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Question 22 of 30
What do you feel is the single most important quality an optometrist should possess?
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Question 23 of 30
We believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
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Question 24 of 30
Talk to us about your current GPA.
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Question 25 of 30
What questions do you have for us about our university?
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Question 26 of 30
What do you know about our university?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on while attending university.
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Question 28 of 30
What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to our school?
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Question 29 of 30
Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.
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Question 30 of 30
Your work load at our school will be high. How do you handle stress?
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About Optometry School

May 20th, 2017

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.

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