Optometry School Interview Questions

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Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. What interests you outside of optometry and getting into optometry school?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Why did you choose the undergraduate school you went to, and if you could, would you do anything differently?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. If you could pick any three people to have dinner with, who would they be and why did you pick them?
  16. Who are the three most influential people in your life?

Questions About Your Optometry School Goals

  1. Why do you want to be an optometrist?
  2. When did you decide optometry was a good career choice for you? 
  3. What steps have you taken to confirm that you want to be an optometrist?
  4. What do you think being an optometrist entails, apart from treating patients?
  5. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good optometrist?
  6. What will you be doing in optometry 10 years from now?
  7. What did you do to prepare for the DAT?
  8. What optometry procedures have you seen?
  9. How will you handle the stress of optometry school?
  10. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing optometry school?
  11. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in optometry school?
  12. What branch of optometry do you think would interest you? Why?
  13. Does your family support your decision to become an optometrist?
  14. What did you like/dislike about the optometry offices you have observed?
  15. What would you like to do if you are not accepted into optometry school?
  16. What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what an optometrist does?
  17. How do you think your role as an optometrist fits in with your role as a member of the community?
  18. Is optometry a rewarding experience?
  19. What aspects of your life experiences do you think makes you a good candidate for optometry school?
  20. If you are accepted into two optometry schools of your top choice, what would you do to make up your mind?
  21. Can compassion be taught and do you need it to be a successful optometrist?

 Questions About Optometry School

  1. Why do you want to attend [Optometry School Name]? How are you a match for [Optometry School Name]?
  2. Describe your method of learning. How does this fit with [Optometry School Name]?
  3. What schools did you apply to and why?
  4. What do you look for in a good optometry school?
  5. Why do you want to go to school here?
  6. Why should [Optometry School Name] choose you over other candidates?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. What do you think about the specialization of optometry?
  2. What do you think is the most pressing issue in optometry today?
  3. One day, an optometry school classmate gives you a sheet containing questions for an upcoming exam. How would you handle the situation and what issues would you consider important in coming to a decision about what to do?
  4. Name a situation where you had to make an ethical decision.  What did you do?
  5. Tell me a time when you witnessed dishonesty and what did you do?
  6. What are the responsibilities of an optometrist to a patient?
  7. What do you think about the health care system and which way should it go?
  8. What do you think are the biggest problems with health care in the United States today?
  9. You enter an exam room to see an elderly patient, and they refuses to remove their glasses during the exam. How would you handle the situation?
  10. You have a patient whose English skills need some improvement, and you do not speak their language. How do you overcome the language barrier when determining their vision?