Lesson 1: How to Develop the Right Dental School Interview Mindset

Let's begin with the MOST IMPORTANT dental school interview rule of thumb: Apply Early to maximize your chances of getting an interview to dental school. The application process is competitive and you won't have a chance of admission if you don't receive an interview slot. Every dental school has an earliest date that a person can apply and a deadline that is the latest date at which a candidate can be considered. Many dental schools have a rolling admissions acceptance policy that works to the advantage of the earlier candidates. You may significantly increase the chance of obtaining an interview slot and an earlier evaluation by the Admissions Committee if you apply EARLY.

Once you receive the interview, you need to master the dental school interview process by learning how to properly sell yourself to the dental admission team. Every successful salesperson knows that it’s impossible to convince a customer (in this case, the dental school admissions team) to buy your product (i.e. offer you a spot in the upcoming dentistry class) if you yourself don't believe in your product's value. In other words, it is crucial that you believe in yourself to effectively present yourself during your dental school interviews in a shining light. Of course your product may not be perfect, but no product is perfect. Perhaps your DAT score is a little lower than you would have liked or your grade in physics is not as high as your best friend’s grade. Forget your weaknesses for now. (We’ll come back to that in the next lesson.) To develop the right dentist school interview mindset, focus on your strengths. Think about your unique qualities and accomplishments. After all, if you have been chosen for an interview, your dental school application and personal statement have already told a positive story about you.

Visualize yourself as a dentist. Although you do not yet have the required training, convince yourself that you have already have many of the basic qualities that a successful dentist needs such as a reassuring manner, excellent communication skills, good dexterity, and patience.. Think about why you personally chose to apply to schools of dentistry. Internalize these thoughts so that they become part of you. Think about something you would like to contribute to the field of dentistry. Again, it can be something small. This may all sound a bit corny, but it is absolutely essential that you complete this task before continuing. Think about past experiences in your life that demonstrate your potential to care for people’s teeth whether as a general dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon. Think about any adversity that you may have had to overcome.

Look within yourself in an honest and thoughtful way and contemplate the question: “Why do I really want to be a dentist? Before you can even think about how to become a dentist, you need to be convinced of why become a dentist. It’s not necessary to search the web for sample interview answers to this fundamental dentistry school interview question. There are no right or wrong answers. The answer lies within yourself. I do not advise you to compose an exact script. You do not want to sound rehearsed. Just internalize your own personal answer to this interview question. Then when you are asked this question in one form or another during dental university interviews, you will be able to answer in a natural but passionate way.

Take Home Message of Dental School Interview Tutorial, Lesson 1: You must recognize your personal strengths and attributes, develop a positive interview mindset for your dental interview. Most important, believe in yourself to establish credibility with the dental school admissions staff.

To ace the dental school interview, you also need to write a powerful interview thank you letter. Learn more...

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Dentistry School Interview Tutorial

Lesson 1: Develop the right dental school interview mindset
Lesson 2: Role Play as the Dental School Admissions Officer
Lesson 3: Do Your Research Homework!
Lesson 4: Practice, Practice, Practice Dentistry Interview Questions
Lesson 5: How To Answer the Toughest Dental Interview Question
Lesson 6: Interview Tips for What To Wear To Your Dental Interview
Lesson 7: Interview Advice For How To End the Dental Interview