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  • McGill University Faculty of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Montreal
Individual Feedback 1 8 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 6
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 8

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 4
35 minutes 1
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 0
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 7
At a regional location 1
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 6
In a group 2

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 6
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
3.63 8

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about yourself (the staple interview question)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experience? Tell me about a time when you were stressed out? How did you cope with your stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself Why dentistry? Why McGill? Where else have you applied? What's your top choice? Have you applied to medicine? What's your back up plans?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you going to do if you aren't accepted this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentisty? why mcgill? have you applied into anything else? (DON'T SAY MEDICINE, if you say something like low or physics is usually a good thing since it shows that you have many intrests)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? did you apply to any other schools? what is your first choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why dentistry and why now (graduated in 07)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know any French?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is it about dentistry that you enjoy? What is your experience with Dentsistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Another dental student comes into the clinic and is about to practice on a patient. You suspect they have been drinking. What do you do? You're in the middle of a procedure and your patient starts making inappropriate comments that are making you uncomfortable. What do you do? An employee is not working as well as you'd like. What do you do? Do you have any siblings? What would your brother say was your greatest weakness? I see in your letter you talked about getting your pilot's licence. What's flying like and how is it similar to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"give us examples of your leadership" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years from now? do you know any dentists clsoe to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

""Your dentist mentioned in your essay has the same name as you? I thought this was a mistake (laughing). How has he inspired you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is your wife willing to come with you to Montreal?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why chose you out of so many other qualified candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What community service have you done? Have you had any experience in a dentist's office? How do you feel working in someone's mouth? (Is it gross to you?) How do you feel working with your hands so much? Do you realize how demanding a workload dentistry school is? Why do you think you can handle it? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you apply to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are a LOT of questions about your letter! it is an open file interview! If you wrote a lot of bullshit in that letter, prepare a lot of stories to back it up or else you will look stupid. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want mcgill so much?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are you a Leafs or Canadians fan? (after we talking a little about the NHL All-Stars game that took place the night before). " More from this Member | Report Response

"Your CV mentions that you volunteered at a correctional institution. Why would you want to help social derilicts and not the elderly?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (since this is such an open ended question, this is your best chance to tell them everything you want them to come away with)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favourite type of music?" More from this Member | Report Response

"suppose you are a dentist and a pacient comes to you and you realise that the previous dentist has done a bad job. what would you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing special, May be if i knew that Gybsom is used by dentists a lot!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why not medicine or research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you apply to medicine as well? Why would you also be applying to dentistry if you applied to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (this was the first question and hence, threw me off) Do you have any siblings? What would your brother say was your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all the questions were very straightforward...they didn't throw any weird ones at me" More from this Member | Report Response

"probably the one above cuz they kept comenting on my answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"same as above" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read over possible questions from the net, used SDN and Premed101 and had a couple of mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched their website Studentdoctor interview feedback Asked a friend" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went to Canadian Dental Association website, got tips for interviews, spoke to my dentist. Chatted with friends, took a pilates class the night before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over this website and McGill's website. Practiced answering questions. (I wasn't as prepared as I would have like, however, I found out about the interview last minute)" More from this Member | Report Response

"interview workshops, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked over typical interview questions on this site and school papers. checked the mcgill website for current reserch in dentistry " More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked students in the dental program,and mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The other interviewees. They were all very friendly and good looking (lol). Dentistry and Medicine students spend years 1 and 2 together (I think it's important for dentists to also understand the body as a whole). We talked a lot about my research during my interview and they seemed really interested." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were pretty friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The age of the building. The McGill feel" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed with the clinic's facilities (they weren't as old as I'd been led to believe). Also, everyone I met was extremely friendly and positive. They really make a huge effort for the process to be as un-stressful as possible" More from this Member | Report Response

"Montreal is a great city, but extremely cold. Students were freindly and joined us for lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"very nice people and relaxing ambience" More from this Member | Report Response

"the very relaxed nature of the interview, also the close feeling you get as the department is very small" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Toronto is cold but Montreal is colder." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school building is pretty small " More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers - a 4th year medical student - had trouble looking me in the eyes. Thought that was little rude/insecure on his part. I thought I was supposed to be nervous. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I agree with many of the dental students I talked to: spending your first year and a half in med school is a little much. Yes, it's important to understand the whole body as a dentist, but surely they could offer classes that cover medicine but from a dental perspective." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is old! The facilities are run down and the first two years are with med students. Also, I didn't get an official tour, I just happened to run into a friend and he showed me around." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was not on time and there was a delay." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was under the impression it was going to be a 3-on-1 interview. It didn't really matter though. Can't think of anything else I didn't know ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"That things rarely start on time. I did have to wait a bit, and the guy next to me was so arrogant, telling some story of how we went skiing for the weekend with his girlfriend to prepare mentally for the interview. Loser." More from this Member | Report Response

"A comment on this website led me to believe that the odds of getting in were greater than they actually were. It was a shock when I got there to find out that out of 150 out-of-province/international students, 50 are interviewed, and only 10 are accepted. As well, I'd been led to believe that there would be no hypothetical questions (they kept going on about how they didn't do CDA format like Toronto and Western) and yet I ended up getting 3 hypothetical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Montreal is damn cold and the dental school is up on a stupid hill that has ice on it. I fell twice before my interview and nearly broke my neck." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Quick and painless interview with surprisingly no situational/behavioral questions. I received an offer of admission by phone about 1 month later!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Walked in, brought to a large table. From there, brought to another room. Waited for interviewetrs,. They went for a bathroom break. The DMD who was interviewing me looked like he was 16. He wasn,t though. He was really nice. Kind of cute actually." More from this Member | Report Response

"Montreal is as cold as they say it is. The night before the interview, the Dental Student society holds a dinner for all applicants. This was a great way to ask questions of dental students from all years. Remember, you're there for 2-3 hours, so have lots of questions. Also, keep in mind that some of the students there will be carrying out the interviews - I ended up meeting and talking with the two students that interviewed me. The day of the interview, they offer tours of the clinic in the morning and afternoon. The clinic at the hospital is a fair ways away from the school, but they explain that they schedule so that you're not constantly going between the two. The clinic itself is pretty small - there aren't enough chairs for all the students. Again, it was pointed out that at any given time there are students doing paperwork etc, so there's always room at the clinic. The pre-clinic is in the main school - there's flat screen t.v.'s at every row so that every student can get a close up live video of what the instructor is doing. After the tour, I had lunch with all the other applicants. There's again students and professors to chat with. When you are called for your interview, a student will go with you and wait outside the door with you to help you relax and keep you company. The interview itself is very layed back. I was interviewed by a professor and two students (always at least one professor, and usually a student or a dental professional). I sat on a couch with the prof, and the two students on another couch across from me. It was more of a conversation than anything. The prof did most of the asking, although each student asked two or three questions at the end. Everyone was extremely positive and if this wasn't my very first interview, I would have been much more relaxed. They tell you that you should hear back from them in about a month's time. I was called by the Dean himself, 3 1/2 weeks after my interview. Although I didn't feel my interview went the greatest, I held my own, and I was accepted. I was told that the mark you recieve for the interview is just thrown into a calculation along with your marks and DAT scores, so, if you have the marks, then the interview isn't as important. Also, I was told that in a typical year, 2 to 3 people are accepted from the wait-list for out-of-province applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"The dental school really didn't impress me. Yeah, the class size is small and therefore, you get a lot of attention, but the facilities are VERY lacking. The interview was laid back, so that wasn't what negatively impressed me. Rather, it was the condition of the school that I was disappointed in and the program they offered. Plus I don't want to be paying money for dental school to sit in med school classes. I understand the need to learn about physiology, anatomy, etc. but there are dental schools elsewhere that incorporate med school material in a dental school context as well as offer exposure to real dental clinical settings. I guess McGill is good for some people, but it wasn't ranked high on my list after I went and saw the school for myself. Needless to say, I am attending dental school elsewhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you go there just remember that only 40 people get called for the interview so unless you really say something incedibly stupid you have great chances of getting in. Relax the importance of the interview is often exagerated, if you have good grades you will get in. Don't try to impress them, you will just look stupid. The questions are preety basic, if you read some coments on this website you will have no problem answering them. Don't look like you have memorized all the answers though, it is better to hesitate a bit. Prepare some questions for the interviewers- it really helps. Usually 2 of the 3 interviewers are students, so they know a phony when they see one- don't exagerate your desire to get into dentistry- be natural." More from this Member | Report Response

"very nice, i think i liked it and as its my first choice, i am gonna be happy to accept their admission" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 1
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 3
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 2
Neutral 2
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.20 5

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 2
Out of state 4

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 1
2-3 hours 1
4-6 hours 0
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 2
Automobile 1
Train or subway 3
Other 0

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 1
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 0
$401-$500 0
$501+ 1

What airport did you use?

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 1
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 1
Hotel 2
Home 0
Other 1

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Travelodge

University Bed & Breakfast Apartment Suites

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Travelodge

University Bed & Breakfast Apartment Suites

Yes

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 6

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 6

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 6

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = low, 10 = high

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