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waterloo interview

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by acurael, May 1, 2004.

  1. acurael

    acurael Senior Member
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    Any waterloo students out there that can give me any tips/advice for the interview? got one coming up in a couple of weeks....does anyone know how it compares to the US schools? is there technical questions? or just basic questions?
    thanks
     
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  3. Tony.

    Tony. Senior Member
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    acurael,

    Im not sure about Canadian schools as I've only interviewed in U.S schools

    But! how different could it be?
    They'd want to know
    1. why you decided on optometry?
    2. Can you handle the course work at their school
    3. Are you mature? can you articulate yourself? will you get along with others?
    4. your experiences......etc.
    they basically wanna get to know you....

    I guess what im saying is prepare for both: technical and basic questions..
    hope it helps.
    and good luck...
    p.s you got an interview so you're 50% in already ...look at it that way! :)
     
  4. acurael

    acurael Senior Member
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    thanks....ya true im just really nervous about this one.....im thinkin it might be a really hard interview....i did well at the US school interviews
     
  5. Thumbelina12

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    Hey, I was wondering the same thing... do they ask questions that are more abstract like your opinion on current event issues, situational questions, or ethical questions? I haven't interviewed at any optometry schools, so this will be my first one, and so I was wondering how they structure the interview. If anyone previously interviewed at waterloo has any advice, it would be greatly appreicated!
     
  6. Tokey

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    There are a few different types of questions you should know. For my interview, some of the questions that I can remember were what the differences are between opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists, the difference between clinicians and technicians, what kind of things were going on in my home province at the time as well as issues about the profession in general. Make sure you're aware of the state of your profession in your province - i.e. if you're in BC, make sure you've read up on refracting by opticians, etc. Be prepared to answer questions like ?why optometry, and not __ (insert other healthcare profession here)?. I think that should about cover it.
     
  7. acurael

    acurael Senior Member
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    nice :thumbup:
    i know about the issues in BC, but for general things going on in the profession i guess i will have to read some articles, like review in optometry or something...any other good sources for this info?
     
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    www.optometric.com
     
  9. Xine15

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    Hey Acurarel,

    I have an interview at Waterloo too (May 31st). Have you had yours yet? Can you post after you have? Maybe we can share some info about the interview.

    Thanks,
    Xine
     
  10. Tony.

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    are students in canada still worried about opticians refracting?
     
  11. Xine15

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    Hi Tony,

    That legislation only passed in BC (I live in Ontario) so I am not worried about it right now. I can understand why optometrists are worried, but I know that many people will continue to see their optometrists (due to the health reasons that have been discussed in other threads). I know my family will! Also I don't think that this legislation will spread all that quickly (at least not in the next 10 years) so I am confident that when I start practicing and building up a patient base, it won't be a problem.

    I am concerned about people who are less educated than the "average" and only go see an optician for glasses - not realizing that they are missing out on the essential eye health check up.
    Xine
     

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