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Dental Residency Mock Interview

30 Dental Residency Interview Questions and Answer Examples to Help You Prepare for Your Residency Interviews.

Dental Residency was written by on February 8th, 2022. Learn more here.

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We would like to get to know you on a more personal level. Outside of dentistry, what are your interests?

While this isn't a make-or-break question, your interviewer asks about your hobbies and interests for a couple of reasons. First, having hobbies and interests outside of work or school is an important part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance during residency. Second, learning about your interests will help them prepare for how you will mesh with the staff and other trainees in the program.

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30 Dental Residency Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. We would like to get to know you on a more personal level. Outside of dentistry, what are your interests?

  • 2. Let's say you are caring for a patient who is in desperate need of flossing on a regular basis, and they tell you that they already know how. How would you proceed?

  • 3. How would you handle a member of the care team who clearly wasn't pulling their weight on the team?

  • 4. Have you ever worked with an angry or upset patient? How did you successfully manage that situation?

  • 5. How will you adapt to the major changes you will experience transitioning from dental school to our dental residency program?

  • 6. How do you best learn something new within a short time and retain it for future use?

  • 7. How will you successfully interact with some of the demanding faculty and ancillary staff in our program as a dental resident?

  • 8. How would you rate your ability to work with new equipment and technology? How do you ensure proficiency as quickly as possible?

  • 9. Have you ever had a situation where you felt you could have communicated better?

  • 10. Have you applied to any other dental residency programs?

  • 11. What clinical or knowledge-based strengths would you bring to our dental residency program?

  • 12. While attending dental school, what was your your favorite course?

  • 13. A dental residency like ours can be incredibly stressful and demanding. How do you manage high amounts of stress?

  • 14. If becoming a dentist was not an option for you, what career path would you choose?

  • 15. Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration, and how will their influence help you through dental residency in our program?

  • 16. What do you feel is the most concerning topic facing the dental industry today?

  • 17. If you are selected for our dental residency, what would you wish to accomplish during your time with us?

  • 18. What drives your passion for a career in dentistry?

  • 19. As a potential resident with our program, are you aware of the different types of dental malpractice that can impact our field?

  • 20. What was your DAT score prior to entering dental school? Were you happy with it?

  • 21. What are your ultimate career goals in dentistry?

  • 22. When you experience a setback in your work, how does it emotionally affect you?

  • 23. How will you respond to feedback and constructive criticism on your work as dental resident in our program?

  • 24. Do you like to keep up on news, discoveries, and events in the dentistry world? If so, how do you do that?

  • 25. What is the one achievement the you are most proud of on your path to dental residency?

  • 26. Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your application materials and references.

  • 27. What do you feel is an area of weakness that you would like to improve on during your time here?

  • 28. What do you know about our dental residency program?

  • 29. What do you feel is the single most important quality a dental resident should possess?

  • 30. We will be talking with several great applicants about joining our residency program. Why should we choose you over another prospective dental resident with the same qualifications?