Interview Questions

Doing well on your Dental School Interview Requires Preparation!

Interviewing well takes practice. Professionals who interview well have done many interviews and are prepared for the kinds of questions that will be asked during an interview. How are they prepared? They have been asked similar questions and have devised the best method to answer that question. As a said on the previous page, interviewing is a lot like public speaking, you must be prepared for the possible questions and have well though out answers for those questions, look at your application and personal statement for a road-map to possible questions, be ready to address any weaknesses in your application. To help pre-dental students I have listed some of the common and uncommon questions asked by dental school admissions officers.

Pre-dental students should also ask questions during their interview, it shows interest and confidence. At the school and on tour you will be observed, so be relaxed and professional, and observe and listen to everything and formulate possible questions during the interview. The best questions are open-ended that require an answer that is more than a single word or two. Formulating these types of questions will display a deep and well thought out process of the question. To get you started I have included some sample questions you should ask at your dental school interview at the bottom of the page.

Common

  • Why do you want to attend (School Name)?
  • What are some things you have done in the past that you have regretted?
  • What will you do if you don’t get accepted?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
  • What do you think the role of a dentist is in the community, with patients, and in the profession?
  • Why do you want to be a Dentist? (Very Common)
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What life experiences have prepared you for dental school?
  • Where do you want to open your practice, and why?
  • What is the Mission of this school?
  • Why should I accept you and not the other 3,000 applicants?
  • An ethical question.
  • A question about cheating.
  • How do you feel about your GPA/DAT scores?
  • What are you looking for in a dental school?
  • Why dentistry and not medical (or any other) school?
  • What qualities does a good dentist have?
  • What activities have you been involved in to improve your manual dexterity skills?
  • A specific question about your application (know your application well).
  • What are some of the biggest problems facing dentistry today?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • How did your prepare for the DAT?
  • What experiences have prepared you for a career in dentistry?
  • Explain in weaknesses on your application. (Grades, DAT scores, lack of volunteer/shadowing hours, etc)
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Describe your leadership experience.
  • What do you plan on doing after dental school?
  • Would you like to specialize?
  • Have you been accepted to any other schools, are we your first choice?
  • Define Professionalism, and what does it mean to you?
  • Describe your greatest accomplishment.
  • What would you do if you saw a classmate cheating?
  • A question pertaining to your personal statement.
  • Describe your community service experience.
  • What made you choose dentistry, and why not another profession in the health field?
  • What does diversity mean to you?
  • How can you add to the diversity of this school?
  • What do you think about fluoridation?
  • Are admission quotas fair?
  • How do you feel about treating a patient with HIV?
  • What would you do if you knew someone cheated on an exam?

Uncommon Question

  • What are the three branches of our legislative government?
  • If you were out of town and a patient called you with a dental emergency, what would you do?
  • A current event questions (EX: What hurricane recently hit Florida)
  • What is the Capitol of Canada?
  • Keep up on current events pertaining to the US elections.
  • Have you read about SDN?
  • A world geography question. (EX: State/Country Capitols)
  • An ethical question.
  • Know US government leaders (Vice-President, Secretary of state, supreme court justice, etc.)
  • What are the last three books you have read?
  • Questions about research experience if you have any.
  • How many dental schools did you apply to, are we your number one choice?
  • Would you practice in Public Health?
  • Do you want to specialize?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • Define and exemplify ethics.
  • What was your family life like?
  • What have you done to ensure you can handle the dental school courseload?
  • How was the drive/flight here?
  • What would you like me to pass on to the admissions committee about you?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • Are you scared of the cost of our school?
  • Do you go to church?
  • Tell me about your spiritual life.
  • Tell me about your most challenging life experience and how has it shaped you as a person?
  • Looking back on your shadowing experience, what was your favorite procedure?
  • What animal would you be in the next life? (Be prepared for anything, this question was actually asked!)
  • Is dentistry a right or a privilege?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone (Live or dead) who would it be? What questions would you ask them?
  • What would you do if an employee called in sick?
  • What was your favorite subject in high school?
  • What will you offer the class?
  • What do you think of Obama’s Healthcare Reform? (Current Event)
  • Do you see education as a right or privilege?
  • Do you think amalgam restorations are safe?

Possible Questions to ask Interviewer

  • School policies such as sick days, or getting really sick for a year.
  • What are the lab classes like?
  • Is there any type of tutoring/mentoring service available?
  • Taking a couple weeks off for a family emergency.
  • Financial aid available, and what happens if you run out of money, are emergency loans offered by the school?
  • Policy on withdrawals or flunking a class.
  • What are some graduation statistics, how many people withdrawal, how many people flunk at least one class.
  • What is the dropout rate, and why do people dropout?
  • What are the lab facilities like?
  • When do clinicals start?
  • How many part-time vs tenured faculty are staffed here?
  • What is the policy on class attendance, are clickers used?
  • When will I see my first patient?
  • What are some of the post-graduate programs offered by the school?
  • The (oral surgeon, endodontic, periodontics) post-graduate track.
  • What are some services available to find housing or finding a roommate.
  • Can I rent equipment or do I have to buy it?
  • Can I tour the facilities and sit-in dental student classes?
  • What is the normal class size?
  • Can you take a 1 year leave of absence without penalty?
  • How long classes are.
  • How much free time a dental student has.
  • What type of equipment will I be using most frequently?
  • What type of educational approach does your school take (ex problem based learning)?
  • What research opportunities are available?
  • How do your students perform on the national board exams?
  • How long are normal quarters and breaks?
  • What are some employment opportunities available to dental students during the summer?

This information was adapted from various posts on studentdoctors.net forums.

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