I got an invite for an interview at ICO. Any interview advice?? Are there any current/former students that want to tell me about their experiences at ICO? Thanks!
I interviewed at Chicago last year. I was accepted, but I ended up going to UCBSO. I'll tell you what I remember about my interview. I actually had the dean of admissions as my interviewer (point is he had an incredibly large and nice office).
The interview was actually really smooth for the most part. Try to relax as much as possible for the interview -- don't think of it as an interrogation (which is the way a lot of people said that was the way their Chicago interviews felt). See it as a conversation instead. Preparing yourself for this mentally I think is key.
Do a bit of research on the school. Things like "where their professors come from" is an example of something I decided to look up before going to each interview. I used it as a way to take hold of the conversation, especially when the interviewer wants to know what you know about their school (or even when they ask you if you have questions about the school).
At my Chicago interview, the interviewer sort of challenged me in a kind of sneaky way to see how much I knew about the profession. I don't remember the details of the question, but he proposed a scenario of an optometrist he knew in Florida who was making something like $120,000 a year and he wanted to know what I thought about that. Well, I knew 120,000 is possible for an optometrist to make, but it's on the rather high end of salaries. So I explained about what more average salaries tend to be, and he agreed with me and sort of hinted that it was a trick question because he said it in a way that assumed that six-figure salaries were common. Look out for those types of things.
I believe Chicago also has a short writing exercise before the interview. It's nothing you need to prepare for, the topic is general enough.
If I can remember anything else about it, I'll try to repost.