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Pediatric Dentistry Residency Mock Interview

35 Pediatric Dentistry Residency Interview Questions and Answer Examples to Help You Prepare for Your Residency Interviews.

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How will you adapt to the major changes you will experience when transitioning from dental school to our Pediatric Dentistry Residency program?

The dental industry is experiencing more rapid changes today than it has over the past 100 years, and your ability to handle and adapt to change will be vital as a pediatric dentistry resident. Transitioning from an academically-based dental school to a practice-based residency will also be a major change. Your interviewers want to know that you can embrace change and see it as an opportunity for overall improvement.

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35 Pediatric Dentistry Residency Interview Questions & Answers

  • Adaptability

    1. How will you adapt to the major changes you will experience when transitioning from dental school to our Pediatric Dentistry Residency program?

  • Behavioral

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

  • Behavioral

    3. Our pediatric dentistry residency can be incredibly stressful and demanding on our residents. How do you manage high amounts of stress?

  • Behavioral

    4. Have you put any thought to how you will work effective with angry, upset or sad pediatric patients? How will you successfully manage these situations?

  • Behavioral

    5. How will you respond to feedback and constructive criticism on your work as a pediatric dentistry resident in our program?

  • Behavioral

    6. How will you motivate yourself to keep going on the most difficult days during your pediatric dentistry resident?

  • Behavioral

    7. Have you ever received a negative review from a patient or customer? How would you handle negative feedback from a pediatric patient's family?

  • Behavioral

    8. As a new pediatric dentistry resident, would you be able to handle direct patient care with little supervision?

  • Communication

    9. Talk about some of the ways that you would build rapport and trust with your pediatric patients. Why is this important?

  • Communication

    10. How would you handle communicating bad news to a pediatric patient and/or their family?

  • Communication

    11. How would you rate your communication skills on a scale from 1-10, and why would you give yourself that rating?

  • Discovery

    12. What role do you feel most comfortable taking on in a team-based environment?

  • Discovery

    13. What do you feel is the most concerning topic facing the pediatric dental industry today?

  • Discovery

    14. Tell us about a time when you went above and beyond to provide great service.

  • Discovery

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

  • Discovery

    16. How will you successfully interact with some of the demanding faculty and ancillary staff in our program as a pediatric dentistry resident?

  • Discovery

    17. Have you applied to any other pediatric dentistry residency programs?

  • Discovery

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

  • Discovery

    19. If a career in pediatric dentistry was not an option for you, what career path would you have chosen?

  • Discovery

    20. If you could name just one person, who would you say has been your biggest inspiration in your life?

  • Discovery

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

  • Discovery

    22. If you matched in our pediatric dentistry residency, what would you wish to accomplish in your two years training with us?

  • Discovery

    23. What drives your passion for a career in pediatric dentistry?

  • Discovery

    24. What do you feel is the single most important quality a pediatric dentist should possess?

  • Discovery

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

  • Discovery

    26. What are your ultimate career goals in dentistry?

  • Discovery

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

  • Discovery

    28. What do you feel is an area of weakness that you would like to improve on during your time in pediatric dentistry residency?

  • Education

    29. What clinical or knowledge-based strengths would you bring to our pediatric dentistry residency program?

  • Education

    30. What was your favorite course during dental school?

  • General

    31. What do you know about our pediatric dentistry residency program?

  • Operational

    32. What sources would you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem as a pediatric dentistry resident with our program?

  • Scenario

    33. Let's say you are caring for a teenage 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?

  • Scenario

    34. What steps would you take if you suspected a patient was being subjected to abuse?

  • Situational

    35. When a problem comes up in your pediatric dentistry residency training that requires a quick solution, how will you respond?