Dental Board Review – Part 4 (Practice)

Sample Dental Residency School Interview Questions

Here are some questions that you may be asked in a Dental Residency school interview:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What has been the most rewarding (or challenging) experience of your life?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  • What is your most important experience that did not involve dentistry or academics?
  • Tell me about a disappointment you have experienced.
  • Tell me about a mistake you’ve made.
  • Describe a situation in which you felt like a fish out of water.
  • Tell me about your shadowing experiences.
  • Tell me about your research.
  • Tell me about your clinical volunteering experiences.
  • What have you done that shows initiative?
  • What did you gain from that experience?
  • Can you convince me that you can cope with the workload in Dental Residency school?
  • How do you study/prepare for exams?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • How do you see the field of dentistry changing in the next ten years?
  • How do you see yourself fitting into those changes?
  • Why have you chosen dentistry as a career?
  • So you like helping others…why not be a social worker?
  • What field of dentistry most appeals to you?
  • What would you do if you could not go to Dental Residency school?
  • Why did you choose to go to [your dental school]?
  • Did you enjoy your experience at [your dental school]?
  • What was your most valuable course in dental school?
  • How did you choose this specialty?
  • Why do you think you would make a good specialist?
  • If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
  • What extracurricular activity have you found most rewarding?
  • What have you read recently?
  • How do you spend your free time?
  • Who has most influenced your life so far and why?
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • How would you describe the relationship between science and dentistry?
  • Rank intelligence, compassion, and integrity in the order of importance to you.
  • Why do you think you are a good candidate for Dental Residency school?
  • What do you consider your greatest weakness?
  • What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  • Give evidence that you relate well with others.
  • What do you see as the greatest problem facing the health care delivery system today?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging part of your Dental Residency training and career?
  • Why do you want to go to this Dental Residency school?
  • What are you looking for in a Dental Residency school?
  • What other Dental Residency schools are you applying to?
  • Tell me about a conflict that arose between you and a supervisor or peer, and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about an experience you’ve had working on a team.
  • What role do you tend to play when working on a team?
  • How do you respond to criticism?
  • Describe a situation where your work was criticized.
  • What would you do if you suspected a colleague were abusing drugs?
  • Describe any inconsistencies or weaknesses in your record or application.
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What type of impression do you feel you’ve left on me in this interview?
  • How do you want me to remember you?
  • What last bit of information would you like me to know about you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?