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Dental School MMI Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Dental School MMI interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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In the field of dentistry, you will have to develop great relationships with people from all walks of life. What are your strengths and areas for growth in this respect?

As a dentist, you will see patients that span the entire human spectrum. This includes young to elderly patients, economically poor to wealthy patients, and those that practice great dental hygiene to those that have never seen a dentist before. During your dental school MMI, a station like this is set up to make you dig deep to express your strengths and hurdles to overcome based on your comfort level and past experiences.

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25 Dental School MMI Interview Questions & Answers

In recent years, some dental schools have adopted the multiple mini interview format in lieu of the traditional interview format. While the MMI has been used for years in countries like Australia and Canada, the United States has caught on to the many benefits of its use. This format allows interviewers to closely assess skills like communication, empathy, critical thinking, and professionalism in many different situations. It also allows a variety of faculty and other program stakeholders to have a say in the admissions process.

During the MMI process, you will be subjected to several interview stations, and each station will have its own unique interviewer and question/scenario/task to complete. During most multiple mini interviews, stations will have a time limit, typically around 10 minutes. Dental schools use a bell or another sound notification to let interviewers know that the session is starting. You'll have a minute or two to read the question/task and mentally prepare. Then you enter the room (or virtual room in a virtual interview) and have around eight minutes to provide your response to the evaluator.

Preparation is key for the MMI process because you can expect traditional interview questions, role-playing situations, ethical scenarios, and essay-writing stations. Practicing questions and scenarios with a friend or a loved one can give you a great experience and the chance to have someone evaluate your response from their perspective. Another great thing that can help you prepare for the MMI process is to prepare as many real-life scenarios and situations as you can think of that prove your ability to be a great teammate, an excellent communicator, and great at handling adversity in your life. Whether you're responding to a question on your ability to handle stress or role-playing a challenging situation, pulling from your prior experiences with success will be huge in winning over your MMI team of interviewers.

The admissions team at the dental school you are interviewing with also loves the MMI process because it allows them to see the personal side of a candidate, one that can't always be seen in a traditional interview. It is very important to stay relaxed and be yourself through every station, to give each person you interact with the chance to see who you are as a person and individual looking to join their program. Along this same line, the multiple mini interviews put you in front of many key decision-makers. So don't let one bad response or situation get you down for too long because you can walk to the next station and be mentally prepared to win there.

  • Communication

    1. In the field of dentistry, you will have to develop great relationships with people from all walks of life. What are your strengths and areas for growth in this respect?

  • Communication

    2. Your interviewer has never experienced the joy of seeing someone unwrap a gift. Walk them through how to wrap a gift for the first time.

  • Creative Thinking

    3. What is your all-time favorite quote, and why does it have a deeper meaning for you?

  • Creative Thinking

    4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

  • Culture Fit

    5. What do you find most attractive about joining our dental program?

  • Current Events

    6. What do you think could be done to encourage more people to take better care of their teeth?

  • Current Events

    7. Do you foresee any specific challenges in the future of dentistry in the coming 10 to 20 years?

  • Diversity

    8. Our school of dentistry values a culturally diverse and inclusive atmosphere. How do you expect to thrive and prosper in this environment?

  • Essay Writing

    9. You are given the opportunity to write your past self a letter. What would you write to yourself?

  • Ethical Scenario

    10. What are your thoughts on food consumption trends as a prospective dental student?

  • Ethical Scenario

    11. How would you react if you found out a student colleague had cheated on an exam?

  • Ethical Scenario

    12. You have a patient in desperate need of care due to gum disease, but they are flat out refusing any treatments outside of a regular cleaning. How would you respond to this situation?

  • Ethical Scenario

    13. You examine a seven-year-old patient with bad tooth decay. As you're weighing the treatment options, the child's mother is very concerned about the potential costs and her ability to afford them. What are your next steps?

  • Role Playing

    14. A dental student colleague has found out their father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They tell you that they are so overwhelmed, they are considering dropping out of dental school to provide care. How would you respond to your colleague?

  • Role Playing

    15. You have eight minute to take the pieces of wire at the table and make a model of a dog.

  • Role Playing

    16. A very angry mother comes into your dental office, demanding their child be seen for extreme pain caused by their braces. Knowing there is nothing that can be done in your office, how do you respond?

  • Scenario Based

    17. You and a colleague are having a disagreement about the best treatment path for a patient after discussing options. How would you handle this disagreement professionally and respectfully?

  • Stress

    18. The rigors of dental school can cause burnout in a lot of students. How do you plan to handle the stress of a program like ours?

  • Teamwork

    19. If you were accepted into our school of dentistry, what type of leader would you be?

  • Teamwork

    20. You and a fellow interviewee are tasked with planning a fundraiser for the program to support the purchase of dental care items for underprivileged youth with no other instructions.

  • Traditional Interview Question

    21. What has been your ultimate motivator for pursuing acceptance into dental school and a career in dentistry?

  • Traditional Interview Question

    22. Tell me about yourself and the type of person we'd be getting as a new enrollee in our dental school.

  • Traditional Interview Question

    23. What do you feel is one weakness you would have upon entering dental school?

  • Traditional Interview Question

    24. As a prospective dental student, where do you envision your career as a dentist taking you?

  • Traditional Interview Question

    25. What qualities do you feel are important for a successful dentist to possess?