Prepare For Dental School Interviews by Reverse Role Play as the Dental School Interviewer

How to Interview For Dental School Tutorial: Lesson 2

Here is a great bit of advice for how to continue to prepare for your dental school interviews. Pretend that you are a member of the dentistry school admissions staff at one of the top dental schools. Carefully read over your own application as you simultaneously pretend that you do not know anything about yourself except what is written on your application that you have submitted to schools of dentistry. If you were on the dental admissions committee, what more would you want to know about yourself. For example, you may have listed a volunteer experience in an orthodontist's office or in a dental clinic for the poor. You may be asked to elaborate on what you did. For example, did you help make molds for the teeth or instruct children how to brush and floss with braces ? What new emotions did you experience when you interacted with poverty-stricken patients who did not come into the clinic until they had advanced dental disease?

Or, perhaps there are other aspects of your dental school application that you may be asked about. Why were your grades so low during sophomore year? Why was your DAT score in biology lower than your DAT scores on other sections? Why did you take organic chemistry at a community college instead of at your undergraduate university? These are important questions to ponder to prepare for your dental school interviews.

Take time to think about each part of your application and how you would give more details during your dental school interviews. Never put blame on someone else for one of your deficiencies. For example, don’t blame a bad grade on a bad professor (even if it’s true). If you do this, the dental school admission committee will think: “This person will blame us if he/she doesn’t succeed here.” Instead say something such as, “My study skills were not up to par when I took chemistry but since then, I’ve worked hard on learning how to focus my studying by practicing problems from old exams. My other grades in other science courses reflect my improvement”.

Here is another example of WHAT NOT TO SAY during your dental school interviews to the dental school faculty: “My pre-dental advisor told me to take biology at my local community college because he said that I would have a better chance to do well in it there.” This type of interview answer makes me think of you as a puppet by doing whatever your pre-dental adviser tells you to do. It does not make you look like you think for yourself. In addition, it does not offer an acceptable answer to the question. It would give me the impression that you were scared to take the biology course of your university so you copped out by taking it at the community college. Instead, your answer to that dental school program interview question should sound something like this: “My local community college offered dental school pre-requisites during the summer. By enrolling in their summer course in biology, I was able to spend time with my family during July and August. In addition, by completing biology during the summer, I was able to take more advanced courses in my major at my university during the school year. It was a win-win situation for me.”

TAKE HOME LESSON: Prepare for your school of dentistry interviews by role playing as the admissions officer. Think about how to elaborate on the information you provided on your dental school application. Never place blame for your any weakness on your dental school application on anyone else.

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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 Interview Questions
Lesson 5: How To Answer the Toughest Interview Question
Lesson 6: Dress To Impress the Dental Admissions Team
Lesson 7: Know How To End the Interview