Interview Tips Part I (What to do in the Days Leading up to Your Interview)
Interviews can be stressful, but they are also a great
opportunity to find out if a school is a good fit for you. Make sure you read,
“How to Prepare for Your Dental School Interview,” before reading this post; it
provides great insight into the various formats used in dental school
During my time working in a medical school admissions
office, I have picked up a number of helpful “Do’s and Don’t’s” for those
heading into an interview. Check out the first part of my list below for
guidance on what to do before your interview. Make sure to come back later for
Part II: What to do on the day of your interview, Part III: What to do during
your interview, and Part IV: What to do after your interview.
In the Days Leading
up to Your Interview
Pick out a
Professional Interview Outfit.
Since interviewers often see many candidates in a short
time, they tend to hang on to a few key details about each person that really
stand out to them, though not all of these details are necessarily about a
candidate’s qualifications for dental school. If someone comes in wearing a
fluffy pink boa with feathers in her hair, chances are the interviewer will
remember her as “boa-girl” and forget all about her flawless academic record
and great personality qualities that make her a good fit for their school.
Don’t let this happen to you! Always come to an interview dressed
professionally and conservatively. Don’t let your outfit determine your
Make a Travel Plan.
You never want to be late to an interview. Since this will
most likely be the first or second time you have visited the school, make a
concrete plan for how you will get to the interview. Check train times, book a
taxi and allow enough time in case of traffic. Do your best to compensate for
anything that might go wrong during your commute to the interview.
Do some Research
Many times, interviewers will ask specific questions about
what prompted you to apply to their school. You want to be prepared to answer
their questions. Make sure to research their curriculum and what programs and
details set them apart from other dental schools. Since you are trying to
convince the interviewer that you are a good fit for their school, make sure to
answer that question for yourself before going into the interview. In this
case, there is never such as thing as too much research. The more you know
about the curriculum, school processes, teacher-student ratio and all other
facets that make the school unique, the better prepared you will be for
whatever comes your way during the interview.