Hello,

  1. Tell me about yourself?
    Tip: This may go for a few minutes (1-3 minutes). You may discuss your education, dental, volunteer and work experiences. You may also give a little background on yourself. During the interview, make good eye contact, sit up straight, and look happy to be participating in the interview ☺
  2. Why dentistry? Why do you want to be a dentist?
    Tip: Make sure you consider the experiences and other aspects that have driven you to pursue dentistry. Be concrete in your answers and be unique in your response. Display enthusiasm and passion on why you want to be a dentist.
  3. Why did you choose dentistry over medicine?
  4. Why did you apply to our school?
    Tip: You may state what sets this school apart from other schools or certain aspects of the school that interests you. Is it its Innovative Curriculum? Specialty Training? Research Opportunities? Renowned Professors? Student Organizations? Geographical Location? etc. You may use the school’s website and other resources to research this.
  5. Who or what influenced you most to pursue dentistry? Tell me how your interest in dentistry began.
    Tip: Be genuine in your response. You may reflect on certain events, experiences, or people who stimulated your interest in dentistry. Do NOT say something like “My parents advised me to pursue dentistry.” Instead show how you have thought about this for yourself and how certain people or activities stimulated your interest in pursuing dentistry.
  6. Why was your DAT score so low/high?
    Tip: Make sure you are honest about your DAT score. Be able to explain why specific sections of your test were low or high. Even if your score was low, it is important to show that you put in a lot of effort and preparation on the exam.
  7. Tell me about your volunteering and community services
    Tip: Be brief. Explain what you did, how you did it, what you learnt, and how that has impacted or stimulated you in pursuing dentistry.
  8. Tell me about your research experiences and your role?
    Tip: Be brief. Make sure you know exactly what you did, how you did it, the results you got, and the meaning, significance, or implication of your research results. Prepare on talking about your research experiences. Express your knowledge on the research. Don’t be too detailed initially, give a basic outline, but if interviewer asks more questions you may delve into it a little more. It may be better to discuss research experiences related to dentistry before other research experiences.
  9. Tell me about your leadership experiences
    Tip: You may review you resume and discuss certain leadership roles. You may also discuss how the roles have stimulated or impacted your interest in dentistry.
  10. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    Tip: Make sure you describe skills or competencies that would be relevant in being a great dentist e.g. great manual dexterity, great communication and listening skills, strong interpersonal skills, great scholastic ability, team player, etc. Concerning weaknesses, you don’t have to pick your greatest weaknesses. You may state certain weaknesses and explain how you have taken steps in addressing your weaknesses.
  11. What do you believe are the pressing issues in dentistry today? What do you think is the most important or difficult ethical issue facing dentistry today? How do you think dentistry has changed over the years? What is the future of dentistry?
    Tip: It is important to stay up to date on new information and advancements in dentistry. You consider reading publications, journals, online news, etc. Research this!
  12. What are your thoughts about a universal healthcare plan including dental care?
    Tip: Research on questions such as this. Interviewers want to see that you are able to analyze complex situations and look at issues from multiple standpoints. Think about this very well and be able to express your views in a confident and coherent manner.
  13. If you notice that a classmate of yours cheats on an exam, what would you do?
    Tip: This is an ethical question. There really is no right or wrong answers, but it is important to show professionalism and commitment to the dental profession when answering such questions. You must always remember the roles and ethical responsibilities of dentists to help guide your answer. These may serve as basis to help answer your ethical questions. Be consistent in your reasoning and response.
  14. What do you think is the impact of insurance regulations and the threat of malpractice on Dental practice?

    Tip: Research on questions such as this. Interviewers want to see that you are able to analyze complex situations and look at issues from multiple standpoints. Think about this very well and be able to express your views in a confident and coherent manner.

  15. If a young girl with healthy teeth wanted to get her whole teeth removed, would you do it? What would you do?
    Tip: You may state that you would counsel the patient. It is important to show that you would put the patient’s well being above other things. Be ready to defend your position on this and be consistent in your reasoning and response.
  16. What would you do if you knew that a colleague of yours was performing unnecessary root canals?
  17. How do you feel about treating a patient with HIV?
    Tip: It is important to display professionalism and show that you will put the patient’s dental well being above other things. You may show that you will treat your patients equally, regardless of their health status.
  18. What type of dentistry career or specialty would you be interested in pursuing?
    Tip: Pediatric dentistry? Orthodontistry? Endodontistry? Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery? Periodontistry? etc. Be able to describe what the specialty entails, why you want to pursue it, and events or experiences that have impacted you in pursuing the specialty.
  19. Do you enjoy working with your hands? How would you rate your hand-eye coordination? What have you done to show you have manual dexterity?
    Tip: It is important to show that you enjoy working with your hands because dentists must be able to exercise fine motor control and hand-eye coordination. Some students have shown manual dexterity by engaging in activities such as ceramics, jewelry making, sculpture, sewing, playing musical instruments (e.g. piano, guitar, flute), etc.
  20. What do you think are the most important qualities of a great dentist?
  21. What other schools have you applied/gotten accepted to?
    Tip: If you give some information on the schools you applied or got accepted, it is important for you to re-iterate how important it is for you to get accepted into the dental school you currently are interviewing for. You may even state that it is your first choice. You want to show the school that you are highly committed to their program.
  22. What would you do if you are not accepted into dental school?
    Tip: It will be helpful to explain that you will address areas of your application you believe prevented you from being accepted (e.g. DAT scores) and then re-apply. You may also state that you will ask the schools for recommendation on ways to improve your next application. This demonstrates your commitment to dentistry.
  23. If dentistry didn’t exist, what discipline or career would you have pursued?
  24. What sets you apart from other applicants and why should we accept you over other applicants?
    Tip: Sell yourself without being “corky” or arrogant. You may consider how you have demonstrated strong academic achievements, unique clinical or dental care experiences, and other details that will impress the interviewer and increase your chances of being accepted. You may discuss certain skills you have attained that will equip you for dentistry such as manual dexterity skills, etc.
  25. How would your professors and friends describe you?
  26. How do you intend to pay for dental school?
  27. Dental school can be very demanding, how do you intend to balance your life and school work?
    Tip: They are trying to see that you are well rounded and not only focused on academic activities. You may discuss certain hobbies or activities that will enable this balance for you.
  28. How do you handle stress?
    Tip: Stress type questions are posed to determine if you are able to cope with the rigorous activities of dental school. Note that some interviewers may introduce stress into the interview to see how you react. You may be posed controversial or confrontational questions to see your reaction. Be calm and professional.
  29. Where do you see yourself in 10 years, what are your future goals?
    Tip: You may consider dental specialties and work environments you will be pursuing. Make sure you give this some thought. Interviewers understand that you may not be exactly sure where you will end up, but it is important to have some concrete ideas and show that you have spent enough time thinking about this.
  30. What do you do in your spare time? What hobbies or extra-curricular activities interest you?
  31. Any Questions?
    Tip: It is important to ask some questions after or during the interview. This shows your interest in the program. Make sure you do not ask questions that can be easily answered by the school’s website. To be on the safe side, do not bring up controversial questions.

NOTE: These are very relevant questions that may help in the interview. Questions may be asked in a random fashion. Questions not included on this page may be asked during the interview.