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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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"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."
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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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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"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."
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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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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"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."
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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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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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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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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I would do exactly what I'm doing right now, looking towards the future; wanting more than I have now and finding ways to make it.
2.
I would have to explore other careers in the medical field to see what interests me the most.
3.
I would probably be in a profession that allows me to use my hands a lot. Maybe environmental research where I would be setting traps and collecting data.
4.
Medicine, I am sure that would have a branch related to dentisty.
5.
Definitely medicine. My preferred career since childhood has been either one of the two. In the end I simply had to decide between the two. If I didn't have the choice of dentistry I would do medicine.
6.
Medicine. My choice of career was always going to be either medicine or dentistry and I have always had trouble deciding between the two, so naturally if dentistry didn't exist I would choose medicine.
7.
If dentistry didn't exist, I would definitely be in another health profession field, since I love the aspect of interacting with patients on a one on one basis and the fact that I would be making a difference in that person's life. I would also see myself being into research since research in the biological fields really fascinates me.
8.
An art or science related career, possibly architecture or medicine.
9.
I seriously can't see myself doing anything else. I am really passionate about this profession and I am sure that this is what I am called to do.
10.
Probably something related to the health sciences where I can use my scientific knowledge and put it into the good use of helping others.
11.
I would do something with sociology because I enjoy working with people.
12.
I would have become a illustrator.
13.
I would choose another career options which I have passion in, the ability to excel and contribute back to society.
14.
I would apply myself to study medicine, and work with a specialty that involves hands-on skills.
15.
I would have chosen some other health care field where I can work with my hands.
Question 2 of 30
What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to dental school?
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I would describe my overall academic peformance to be excellent.
2.
I would say that my academic performance got off to a rocky start, but in recent years it has greatly improved and shows my potential and dedication to hard work.
3.
I did well but there is always room for improvement.
4.
Great taking into consideration that I have had to work full-time during my undergrad studies.
5.
I graduated with a degree in Biology with honor (cum laude). I have always been proud of my academic achievements. I believe that I did pretty good academically considering all of the research and extra-curricular activities that I was involved in.
6.
I am a very high achiever, achieving an average of 87% across my top 4 subjects. In year 11 and 12 together I achieved 20 out of a possible 24 A grades with the remainder being B grades.
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I am a consistent high achiever and have achieved an average above 85% in my top four subjects. I have achieved 20 A grades and 4 B grades across year 11 and 12.
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I'm a very hard worker and am fairly quick to learn. I have always enjoyed learning new things.
9.
I think I have had a very good academic performance. Always putting my best effort into everything that I did, learning from my mistakes, and getting the most out of my education.
10.
Overall my GPA is pretty strong. Although taking some challenging classes I was able to work hard, learn the material, and succeed.
11.
I feel I have given my best attempt for each and every exam . I scored highest in a class every time but I believe that there is always a room for improvement.
12.
I am pretty sure that I will maintain my academic performance in this course.
13.
I would describe it as a little above average.
14.
During my study, I was a brilliant student. I passed my matriculation in year 2008 and FSc in year 2010 from BISE BWP.I passed my BDS graduation in Dec 2014. I alsocompleted my House job in jan 2016.
15.
I would say that I am quite satisfied with all the result I got so far. I had been the top student in my secondary school and always passed with flying colors. I got straight A for both PMR and SPM, and for the most current one, I got 4.0 flat for my matriculation programme.
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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I believe that I would learn well in a small-group setting. This allows for more conversations and I believe that when you talk it out with others it helps you learn it better. When you are able to discuss in small groups it helps you learn other perspectives, and I believe that is important in a health professional field such as dentistry. This becomes especially helpful when talking about specific patient situations.
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Yeah because small groups would encourage people to help each other and would also allow more one on one time with professors.
3.
Yes because I would receive more one on one attention.
4.
Yes. I went to a university where the maximum number of people I had in my class was 40. So, I have always thrived in an environment of a small-group.
5.
I think that I would learn well because in a small group setting there is room to have discussions with other people which is a great opportunity because one may find out something that they did not know.
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Yes. In a small group setting, it will be easy to focus on every individual. In small groups work can be easily divided and direct face to face cconvoservations are possible. Easy to colloborate ideas and include them.
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Yes. In small group settings, you tend to get more attention from your guide and you stay focused to perform better every time. One can easily come to know about their mistakes because of detailed observation and hence one can achieve perfection.
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Yes, I thrive on small groups.
9.
Yes, because I tend to understand a littler better when in smaller groups.
10.
Yes, I think I would learn well in a small-group setting. This is because I always like to study in group. I enjoy the moment when all the members sharing out the ideas and knowledge. Besides, we can always help each other with the respective problems, especially related to the academic. I like the feeling of studying with somebody close with me in a harmonious situation. Thus, I think the small-group settings will definitely suite me very well.
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Of course, I currently go to a small private liberal school where I currently thrive and excell.
12.
Yes. I think learning in a small group setting allows students to learn even more. The students become close knit and can learn from each other as well as the teacher.
13.
Yes, I feel like I would be more likely to ask more questions at smaller settings and increase interactions among students and the teachers. My undergraduate experience at UC Berkeley was in a real big-grouped setting that it sometimes was difficult to reach the professor or have close interactions with my classmates.
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Yes, I am flexible. I believe that small groups setting are very beneficial since it helps you concentrate better as compared to larger settings.
15.
I can work well in any setting. Individual work requires me to push myself while group settings give me an opportunity to share my ideas and collaborate with others. Each scenario offers something different, and I am willing to adapt to any situation.
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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1.
I like this profession.
2.
I'm interested in tooth anatomy, jaw development and growth. I want to study how teeth develop and what should be done to properly care for them. And because of this I am very interested in and even excited in helping people to maintain their oral health and giving the quality health care for their teeth.
3.
My role model is my orthodontist, I would like to help others what my orthodontist has done for me.
4.
Dental issues are very predominant in my family. Both of my parents have gum disease and I had an underdeveloped jaw, along with a host of other problems with my misshapen teeth. This impacted my confidence when I was younger and it wasn't until I got treatment that I was able to get that confidence back. But through the amazing work of my orthodontist, I am now able to smile with confidence and that is a gift I want to pass on to as many people as I can. Hence the desire to be a dentist is something I hold very close to my heart.
5.
Love the sciences and anatomy, but have always had a passion for art and love using my hands- wanted a career that needed great skill as well as knowledge and learning.I also wanted to be able to interact with patients and help remove pain and discomfort.
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I like working on precision tasks with my hands, utilizing scientific principles and technology, while having regular contact with people.
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I want to be a dentist because there is an immediate satisfaction from helping patients. There is an art side of reshaping, making and creating things. It's a physical challenge.
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I have always wanted to be of help to others, and seeing how my father and other family members improve the overall quality of life of their patients via oral health firsthand makes me want to do the same. I always wanted to be in healthcare, and I am also passionate about art, so dentistry is a wonderful way of incorporating these two passions together for the greater good.
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My parents suggested a course that required a combination of health science and art.
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I have always been in love with helping people. It has always been my goal to draw a smile on people's face, specially people who needs it. There is nothing that feels as good as when you help people out. Along with that I love photography. To me photography is art and so is dentistry. The combination of loving the art of dentistry and help people feel better about themselves has always been a great motivation to trigger my love to being a dentists.
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To be able to help a person by alleviating any discomfort, improving their health or enhancing their confidence is extremely rewarding, and dentistry covers all three. The range of subspecialties available to pursue, such as paediatric and cosmetic dentistry, excites me. I feel as though I have a social responsibility to give back to the community and I believe by being a good dentist, I can have a positive impact on the life of others.
Question 5 of 30
What do you know about our university?
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I enjoy exercising. Every day I run 4km and then lift weights for 1.5 hrs. I enjoy reading, watching movies and playing video games. I also enjoy reading up on trivia relating to a whole range of topics.
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I research both online and printed material about the latest developments in dentistry and I ask about and listen to the experiences of my father and others who work as or are associated with dentists.
3.
Reasearch in google, visit dentist, ask for samples to play with.
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On my free time I do research about whats trending these days. I also go out and socialize with people a lot. I think socializing with people is the key element in building a strong personality that is full of knowledge.
Question 6 of 30
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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If I could control the cost of healthcare, I would try to make it so that more people would be able to qualify for healthcare, regardless of their age, overall health, and income.
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Consult ada, accountant and financial planner before making informed decisions based on sound economics.
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I would try my best to give as much discounts to my patients as possible. I would also make payment plans to with no interest for the patients to make their healthcare more affordable.
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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1.
Tenacity and working beyond the square box, planning, time management.
2.
All my science courses have taught me enough to be prepared for dentistry school. Along with that, I believe the honor of being the president of a cultural club taught a lot about dealing with people professionally and being active around your surroundings. It also taught me to be a true leader instead of being a boss.
Question 8 of 30
Many dentists have an area of specialty in which they work. What area of dentistry interests you the most?
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?
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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Yes, I will refer to his doctor to have recommendations on how to work on his condition.
2.
How would you describe your educational experience?
3.
Yes, but will take care apropriate precautions.
4.
Of course. Everyone has a right to access treatment and I would treat them as any other patient. The only difference is that I would have to exercise more caution and use more protective gear to make sure I keep myself safe.
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Of course. There is no reason to interact with them any differently than you would with any other patient. They have the same rights. I would simply have to exercise more caution to maintain my own safety.
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?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I definitely, would like to specialize in orthodontics. However, their are various factors to be considered before applying.. Like, it is not easy to get accepted into this speciality program and I am not sure if I wiil be able to study for an other 3 years and also I am planning to start a family after I graduate with DDS degree.
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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Since my passion is in helping others and also has something to do with medicine I would chose maybe pharmacy and then try to work myself back into Dentistry.
Question 13 of 30
What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to our university?
Question 14 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 15 of 30
What questions do you have for us about our university?
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?
Question 17 of 30
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
Question 18 of 30
Talk to us about your current GPA.
Question 19 of 30
Dental school is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs at our university, and beyond?
Question 20 of 30
What was your DAT score? Were you happy with it?
Question 21 of 30
Do you have aspirations to own your own practice in the future? What appeals to you about business ownership?
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?
Question 23 of 30
In your opinion, what is the most concerning topic facing the dental industry today?
Question 24 of 30
Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.
Question 25 of 30
Why should we accept you over another dentistry student with the same qualifications?
Question 26 of 30
What do you feel is the single most important quality a dentist should possess?
Question 27 of 30
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
Question 28 of 30
What other dental schools have you applied to and where does our university rank?
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?
Question 30 of 30
What are you reading right now?

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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