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.

Share

Other useful sites

Twitter Feed

preddsnet

  • preddsnetCheck out Ross' PAT Videos and Questions for help improving your PAT Score on the DAT! http://t.co/5UyYHtk7 - posted on 07/01/2013 12:49:33

  • preddsnetMitt Romney Versus Reality: Student Loans Edition: Will Mitt Help students with loans? Not Likely... http://t.co/zN4oK79O via @youtube - posted on 28/07/2012 14:39:02

  • preddsnetNEW Dental School Admission Statistics For students who plan on attending in 2013 http://t.co/JfmSV8hE - posted on 28/07/2012 04:59:21

  • preddsnetBreakthrough molecule makes your teeth ‘cavity-proof’ http://t.co/VP2bfNpv - posted on 12/07/2012 16:39:15

  • preddsnetst dental school admission statistics here. You can sort through them and search as well. Take a Look! - posted on 06/07/2012 22:41:11

PreDDS.NET sponsors
PreDDS.NET sponsors
PreDDS.NET sponsors
PreDDS.NET sponsors

Site Map

Recently Added Content

tuition cost increase New Dental School Admission Statistics For students entering class in 2013 Jul 3, 2012 studentloanforgiveness Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 May 2, 2012 Apply to Dental Schools PreDDS.NET’s Guide to Applying to Dental Schools May 1, 2012 DAT Achiever New Article: Top 10 DAT Study Materials for 2012 May 1, 2012 ross Ross’s PAT Videos are now on PreDDS.NET! Jul 9, 2011 mark previous next Free DAT PAT Practice Test Jun 22, 2011 DAT, Top, Front, End DAT Top Front End- Height, Width, and Depth Jun 10, 2011 Top3 Top 10 DAT Study Materials for 2011 Apr 7, 2011 top,10,dental,schools,admission,DAT,GPA Top 10 Easiest Dental Schools to Gain Admission to for 2011 Apr 7, 2011 article-marketing-004 Article Submission Program Apr 7, 2011 not d Pattern Folding Tutorial for the DAT Mar 28, 2011 DAT,PAT,choices Top/Front/End Line Counting Technique Tutorial Mar 18, 2011 DAT,Dental,Statistics,Cost,tuition Dental School Admission Statistics Mar 16, 2011 personal,statement,dat,aadsas,pre-dental,dental New Pre-Dental Personal Statement Mar 3, 2011 DAT,Biology,Dental,admission,test,kapla,exam,krackers Lots of Biology DAT Review Notes! Mar 2, 2011 wordpress Pre-Dental Blog and Pre-Dental Club Website Tutorial Feb 26, 2011 new-clipart New Website Layout Feb 24, 2011 DAT,Biology,chemistry,general,organic,lab,natural,sciences,dental,admission,test DAT Review Notes Feb 21, 2011 DAT,dental,admission,test,reading,comprehension DAT Reading Comprehension Test 2 Feb 18, 2011 DAT,PAT,perceptual,dental,ability,test,game,top,front,end Visual-Perceptual Ability Games Feb 13, 2011 DAT,Dental,Admissions,Test,Perceptual,Ability,pre-dental,student,DAT,PAT Two Cube Counting Practice Tests for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) Jan 23, 2011 dental,schools,plan,apply,school,prerequisites,requirements,applying,DAT,pre-dental Dental School Prerequisites Requirements Jan 23, 2011 dental,admissions,test,pre-dental,DAT,education,official,sample Sample Dental Admissions Test (DAT) Jan 9, 2011 predds.net,contribute,partnership,pre-dental,clubs,website,dental PreDDS.NET Partnership Program Jan 5, 2011 Dental,Admissions,Test,DAT,biology,pre-dental,flashcards Dental Admissions Test (DAT) Flashcards Jan 5, 2011 Tic,Tac,Toe,method,tutorial,Dental,Admissions,Test,DAT,Perceptual,Ability,dental,pre-dental,education DAT PAT Hole Punching Tutorial Using The Tic Tac Toe Method Jan 3, 2011 DAT,PAT,perceptual,ability,test,dental,admissions,pre-dental,guide,cube,counting,technique DAT PAT Cube Counting Method Jan 2, 2011 DAT,PAT,Perceptual,Ability,Dental,Admissions,Education,pre-dental DAT Perceptual Ability Test Angle Ranking Technique Dec 24, 2010 interview, dental school, pre-dental, student Interview Questions! Dec 11, 2010 reading, comprehension, DAT, dental admissions test, pre-dental, dentist DAT Reading Comprehension Section Strategy Dec 10, 2010 register, predds, pre-dental, student Users Must Re-Register! Dec 9, 2010 predds, moving, pre-dental, website Website Relocated! Dec 9, 2010

Active Members

Profile picture of Kevin Nguyen
Profile picture of Connie W
Profile picture of Peterson Chao
Profile picture of Brittany Ch
Profile picture of Donghwan Kim
Profile picture of leila malek
Profile picture of Elizabeth Muraya
Profile picture of Jennifer Terrio
Profile picture of Taylor Prince
Profile picture of Sanaz Jabbari
Profile picture of Majid Veyseh
Profile picture of Marcie
Profile picture of Trey
Profile picture of marian gigi
Profile picture of Jackie Rajek
Profile picture of Shan Ao
Profile picture of Kaitlin
Profile picture of Morgan Nelson
Profile picture of Brittany Vo-Le
Profile picture of Gladvin Thyagaraj
Profile picture of Collin Kwasnik
Profile picture of Nguyen N. Trinh
Profile picture of Jaime Thony
Profile picture of Fame Peak
Profile picture of Joey Dolan
Profile picture of Alia Khan
Profile picture of Ashwin Baskaran
Profile picture of Aerial Turner
Profile picture of N
Profile picture of Wayne C.
Profile picture of Michael Tewes
Profile picture of Karan Kohli
Profile picture of Arman Ahmadpour
Profile picture of kevin choi
Profile picture of Stephanie Pastrana
Profile picture of Patrice Padgett
Profile picture of Patricia Gomez
Profile picture of agasgd
Profile picture of Hilary Tate
Profile picture of Husam Abusneineh
Profile picture of Megan Reckley
Profile picture of David Murphy
Profile picture of Hannah Boren
Profile picture of Mahvish Danka
Profile picture of Jennifer Mooney

ADA's Latest Tweets

ADANews

  • ADANewsMake scheduling easy and organized with 2014 ADA Appointment Books - Exclusively yours from the ADA. Order today - posted on 11/06/2013 13:13:13

  • ADANewsADA commends Senate oral health care bill - http://t.co/4ewqeRgTcA - posted on 11/06/2013 13:12:53

  • ADANewsUniversity of Michigan study evaluates frequency of dental visits http://t.co/6Z4JmpzZXP - posted on 11/06/2013 10:17:10

  • ADANewsADA and Sharecare part ways - http://t.co/7xljkPKfHE - posted on 10/06/2013 13:19:43

  • ADANewsGet Dudley’s Grade School Musical DVD, perfect for kids in dental office! Save $10 with promo code 13503T. Demo - http://t.co/u9tG1WQ7Zw - posted on 08/06/2013 11:34:40

  • ADANewsCheck out The ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control. Save 20% with 13502T at http://t.co/kSVvGFVL4z - posted on 07/06/2013 12:45:39

  • ADANewsIllinois dental society grant application deadline June 14 -http://t.co/XTWf8Bv0lK - posted on 07/06/2013 12:11:13

  • ADANewsDeadline approaching for Norton M. Ross Award nominations - American Dental Association - http://t.co/JSHGSOQwI7 http://t.co/lk4ulAi8cK - posted on 07/06/2013 12:10:43

  • ADANewsDental material suppliers, others offer aid to Oklahoma tornado victims http://t.co/l8gPU7obIe - posted on 05/06/2013 14:06:41

  • ADANewsFather and son dentists struggle to rebuild practice after Oklahoma tornado http://t.co/dTh1Nv9fJG - posted on 05/06/2013 14:05:13

  • ADANewsDentist cited as inspiration behind Jackie Robinson story http://t.co/paAzbGpwfx - posted on 05/06/2013 14:04:56

  • ADANewsMajor gift creates Septodont Lecture Hall at New York University http://t.co/DtqsoQUzmr - posted on 05/06/2013 14:04:40

  • ADANewsFinal opioid webinar for 2013 in June http://t.co/ic68RuzfPY - posted on 05/06/2013 14:04:26

  • ADANewsIADR and AADR award, fellowship deadlines announced http://t.co/0N8vKXcI3n - posted on 05/06/2013 14:04:02

  • ADANewsDental students explore research career options at ADAF conference http://t.co/qRAA7zZKTz - posted on 05/06/2013 14:03:44