I interviewed back in November, and here are some great tips on what to expect.
Pre-interview day You'll meet some of the 1st year students if you plan to go to the social the night before & they're more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the program. Attire is casual, you can wear whatever you want. If you have extra time, find out where exactly the building is on campus. My GPS failed me on interview day & I ended up on the other side of the campus.
Interview day Eat breakfast at the hotel/bring some snacks. LMU did provide some snacks, but it wasn't sustainable for the whole 6-7 hours that you'll be there. Lunch is provided. Also, take in account that it will probably snow the night before which will take more time for your car to heat up. If you're staying at the hotels, start your car around 7:20 if you want to be there by 7:45.
On interview day it's business professional attire and I would recommend a jacket for the mini campus tour. The day starts off with mini introductions of the interviewees (name, where you're from, something interesting about you) and the faculty.
There are presentations about the didactic/clinical phases, student presentations, & financial aid information. Each interviewee will also get a packet with this information. There are 2 interview sessions (morning and afternoon) along with a 20 minute writing assignment after lunch. On the back of the interview schedule, you will be divided into 5-6 groups. This is how your group order is placed for the morning and afternoon interviews. There will be 2 interviewers with 2 questions each interview. Most of the questions they ask you are situational, so you can make it personal. One good advice I've gotten from a 1st year is to branch out to explain personal ideas/experiences to back up your answer(s). After the morning interview, there is a "laid back" period. Feel free to talk to your morning interviewers, other interviewees, or introduce yourself to your afternoon interviewer. As for the 20 minute writing assignment, I would reflect on what made you want to pursue this profession. After your afternoon interview, you're done for the day. I ended mine around 2pm.
*****The people who are interviewing you have never seen your application. They do not know what your GPA is, GRE score, HCE hours, research, etc. The only information they know about you prior to the interview is what you share during your mini introduction. They already know you have what it takes to get through the program because you've received an interview. The faculty is super genuine & want the interview sessions to be an opportunity to know their future students. Knowing this would have helped ease my nerves prior to the interviews.
Post interview The admissions coordinator was extremely fast on letting you know of their decision. I interviewed on a Friday, I found out Tuesday morning. If offered a position, you will have to pay a $500 seat deposit that goes toward your tuition. There is also a Facebook group page created for the LMU-DCOM PA class of 2021 so if you're accepted, feel free to join and get to know your future PA family!
If you have any other questions, let me know. Good luck to all on upcoming interviews!