Webpage with tips for the dental school interview

February 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Here’s a website I found with information about the dental school interview. Dental School Interview

It looks a little old as it discusses “Important topics of 2003-2004” but I think it would still be helpful for potential interviewees to get an idea of possible questions that may be asked. It also provides a few suggestions for answers. It also has tons of questions, more than I’ve been asked during my interviews. Do be sure to check SDN’s interview feedback spot. That’ll give you an idea of what questions may be asked for a given school.

When I interviewed, I checked out SDN’s feedback page on the school I was interviewing at. I copied and pasted all past questions onto a page, printed it and answered them in my own words. Since I get really excited from the nervousness of interview day, I tend to talk a lot and sometimes my brain shuts down and I end up babbling. For me, it was important to get an idea of what I was going to say. I knew I wasn’t going to be as articulate as I am on paper but having some focus was better than just yapping. Well, I still yapped but at least it was towards an albeit muddled point. If you know this area needs work, make sure you prepare whichever way works for you whether it be mock interviews with friends or visualizing the interview in your mind.

Also, it’s not necessary to have every single question memorized verbatim. There are so many questions, I don’t think it’s feasible to try to learn them all. You still get a very good idea of the sorts of questions will be asked from SDN. Just know yourself and trust that you’re a great candidate for the school. Know what you’re for and what you’re against, what sort of dentist you’re looking to be, etc. Also if you’re not sure, it’s okay to say so.

At my UOP interview, I told my interviewer the second we got started that UOP is my first choice. His response was that everyone says that and it did catch me a bit off guard. It didn’t shake me up too bad since it was the absolute truth and I was confidant in that. Then he asked me about specializing. I told him that I wouldn’t know until I had some hands on experience in each area. In fact, I actually brought up Columbia in my interview and afterwards, kicked myself over and over about bringing up another dental school during an interview. Though, it seems everything turned out pretty well in the end.


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