Dental School Interview Tutorial: Lesson 4

Practice Dental School Interview Questions

To prepare for your dental school interviews, you need to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. The time to make your interview mistakes is NOW, before your real dental school interviews. As Oscar Wilde said “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes”. Think of your dentistry interview practice sessions as time to gain priceless interview experience. Grab friends and family and ask them to practice some of the dental interview questions below with you or have them make up their own. You will discover that just by saying your thoughts out loud will help you create winning interview responses that you will be able to use during your dentistry interviews. Do not read from a script.. You need to sound honest and natural, NOT rehearsed.

As you practice, pay attention to both your content and your body language. As you continue on with your dental school training, you will see that dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons rely on interpreting their patients’ body language to get the the whole picture about what is going on. Your body language reveals key aspects about what is going on with you with you during your dental school interviw. Make sure that you smile confidently, sit with both your feet on the ground and establish good eye contact with dental faculty or dentistry admisssions team to appear genuine, confident and interested.

During your dental school interview, you may be asked questions about yourself, about your schooling, about dental care current events or about ethical questions pertaining to the dental field. There are no right or wrong answers and most interviewers do not mean to intimidate you. They just want to evaluate your thought process and your ability to maintain calm during the stressful interview process

Sample Questions for Dental School Interviews

(1) Why be a dentist? Why not a medical doctor or a surgeon?

(2) Do you have a favorite hobby?

(3) Who influenced you the most to go into dentisry?

(4) What was your favorite course at college?

(5) What three words describe you the best?

(6) Why should we accept you into our dental school class?

(7) What would you become if you don’t get accepted into dental school?

(8) What has been your most positive interaction with a dentist?

(9) Have you had any negative experiences with dentists?

(10) How will you apply what you have learned from your undergraduate studies to help you become a better dentist?

(11) Tell me about an experience that has changed your life.

(12) What are your thoughts about a universal healthcare plan including dental care? Any disadvantages?

(13) Do you have any interest in practicing dentistry in the inner cities?

(14) Are you interested in academic dental medicine?

(15) What type of dentistry career do you foresee yourself in 10 years from now? Any thoughts on specialization: pediatric dentistry, orthodontistry, endodontistry, etc.

(16) What would you do if you knew that a dental colleague of yours was performing unnecessary root canals?

(17) With such advanced x-ray technology available, how important is the history and physical exam of the teeth and gums?

(18) With all the changes in health/dental care, any concerns about paying back your dental school debt?

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How To Interview For Schools of Dentistry

Lesson 1: Develop the Right Interview Mindset
Lesson 2: Role Play as the Dental School Admissions Officer
Lesson 3: Do Your Dental School Research Homework
Lesson 4: Practice, Practice, Practice Interview Questions
Lesson 5: Answering the Toughest Interview Question
Lesson 6: Dress To Impress the Dental Admission Team
Lesson 7: Know Which Dental Interview Question To Ask