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Top 30 Dental School Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Which dentistry related newspapers, journals or publications do you read to stay in touch with new dental discoveries, and current events?
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Question 2 of 30
What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to dental school?
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Perhaps you have maintained an exceptional GPA or maybe you excelled in school while also working a part time job. Maybe you finished top of your class and received a special award for your achievements. Think of any accolades that you may have received along the way.

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"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local Smile drive."
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Question 3 of 30
Have you ever had significant dental work? Tell me about your experience as a patient. What made it memorable?
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You can discuss your experience with braces as a kid, or maybe even a root canal! Did you have a favorite dentist, growing up? Keep your answer simple and positive.

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"I had braces as a teenager and do remember that the orthodontist I saw was really great at keeping my nerves at bay. He had a cool office and let me pick the color of my elastics which I always really liked. This particular dentist showed me the importance of great dental hygiene. I hope to have similar bedside manner when I am a dentist."
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Question 4 of 30
At our university, we seek students who have a true passion for dentistry. What appeals to you most, about working in the field of dentistry?
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Your core passion is what will keep you going on the toughest of days at school. For the interviewers to understand how to motivate you, they need to know what fires you up!

It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interest in attending dental school to begin with. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers can feel your passion!

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"There are a number of factors that drive my passion for a career in dentistry. If I had to pinpoint one main driver, I would say that creating amazing smiles, every day, is the most significant for me. Everyone deserves a smile they are proud of."
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Question 5 of 30
What do you know about our university?
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Question 6 of 30
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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Question 7 of 30
We believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
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Question 8 of 30
Many dentists have an area of specialty in which they work. What area of dentistry interests you the most?
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Question 9 of 30
Are you aware of cases of medical malpractice in the dentistry field? How will you cope if you are faced with one of these situations?
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Question 10 of 30
How does your family feel about you attending dental school? Do you have a great deal of support?
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.

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Question 11 of 30
There is a high suicide rate among dentists. How do you feel about this fact and how do you plan on remaining grounded during your career?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on while attending dental school.
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Question 13 of 30
What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to our university?
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Question 14 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 15 of 30
What questions do you have for us about our university?
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Question 16 of 30
How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?
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Question 17 of 30
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
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Question 18 of 30
Talk to us about your current GPA.
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Question 19 of 30
Dental school is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs at our university, and beyond?
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Question 20 of 30
What was your DAT score? Were you happy with it?
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Question 21 of 30
Do you have aspirations to own your own practice in the future? What appeals to you about business ownership?
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Question 22 of 30
It is important that our university exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into our school of dentistry this year?
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Question 23 of 30
In your opinion, what is the most concerning topic facing the dental industry today?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.
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Question 25 of 30
Why should we accept you over another dentistry student with the same qualifications?
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Question 26 of 30
What do you feel is the single most important quality a dentist should possess?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
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Question 28 of 30
What other dental schools have you applied to and where does our university rank?
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Question 29 of 30
Talk to us about your experience and thoughts on handling blood and saliva. You will be subject to difficult scenarios in your role as a dentist. How do you feel about this?
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Question 30 of 30
What are you reading right now?
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About Dental School

August 17th, 2017

Getting into Dental School can be challenging. Most dental schools have very high eligibility criteria. To start with you need to have an excellent academic record with high grades in your High School final exams. You must also obtain a score in the DAT or the Dental Admission test. Most schools today also require candidates to have some kind of work experience. This could be in any healthcare field but preferably in some area of dentistry.
The best way to get the necessary dental-related experience is by shadowing a dentist, volunteering in a charity organization that is dedicated to dental health or by participating in a dental placement in a third world country. All of these will help boost your admission into dental school.
Completing 4 years in dental school will earn you the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery. You can then undertake advanced dental studies to specialize in dental specialties such as cosmetic dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery or dental surgery amongst others.
The interview for entry into dental school can be just as rigorous as the application process. The interviewing committee will want to be sure that you are committed to patient dental care and will ask you questions about why you chose dentistry and why their school instead of the many others. They will also want to know if you have undertaken any kind of activity to gain firsthand experience of a career in dentistry. Make sure you check out dental school mock interview questions to boost your chances of getting admission into the dental school of your choice.

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