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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Birmingham
Individual Feedback 2 34 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 33
Negatively 0
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.06 34

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.38 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.96 24

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 5
20 minutes 19
25 minutes 7
30 minutes 2
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 0
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 32
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 11
In a group 22

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 31
Closed file 0

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
4.58 33

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

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself. Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I wanted to be a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Begin by telling us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? (Of course.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific things from my application, concerning things I said in my personal statement, and also about some of my hobbies/extracurricular activities I put." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you offer the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what I thought of President Obama's health care reform" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What is your favorite dessert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sity do you like in Russia? (I am originally from Russia)" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell us about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself. Elaborate on hobbies. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the time you set your own arm. (picked something off my essay)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What did it take to start an organization at your school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did you apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything on your transcript that we have not talked about that you want to bring up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to specialize?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the hardest thing about being a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"my strengths and weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you prepare for the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about your DAT test?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why do you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you score so well on the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is a time when you failed and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite dessert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What surprised you most about UAB?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your plans for the next 5-10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you choose where to study abroad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little bit about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other school did you apply to? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Alabama? (I am OOS)" More from this Member | Report Response

"my favorite food" More from this Member | Report Response

"What factor would make you choose UAB over another school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can take a leadership role?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from XYZ experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you bring to UAB? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the hardest thing for you in dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you shadow?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did u prepare for the DAT? do you think it represents your abilities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We see you worked as a ______, how was that? Small talk about my work experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite food?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what makes you stand out from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Contrast the two different Universities you atteded?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hardest thing about being a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Three characteristics of a leader" More from this Member | Report Response

"If not dentistry, what else would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you eat on your year abroad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best Italian restaurant in my hometown" More from this Member | Report Response

"Based on what I talked about at lunch (UAB being about helping one another and being a team player), how do you think you would fit in at this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I liked football" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty basic questions. The ones you expect to be asked will be asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite dessert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever needed to use your karate in a real-life situation? (I'm a black belt)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would I do in a situation that the ADA disciplines me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you still play your horn? (I was a music major)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All straightforward" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything about yourself you'd like us to know that we haven't talked about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my favorite ice cream flavor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite dessert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your favorite desert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself, then I was led to further discuss my hobbies for a good few minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you really happy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give 2, and only 2 words to describe yourself. (took me like 3 minutes of just sitting there in silence trying to come up with a good answer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing about you that sets you apart or gives you an advantage in comparison to other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really, just your basic get to know you questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Contrast the two different Universities I attended during undergrad." More from this Member | Report Response

"No really "interesting" questions...mostly just standard questions such as why dentistry, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary. This interviewers are not agressive by any means, they simply want to get to know you better. " More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How you led a group in a time of crisis." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did you apply/interview?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about my shadowing hours, which I failed to review before my interview so I had to ask them to check my AADSAS application, which was a little embarrassing." More from this Member | Report Response

"None all were pretty easy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there anything not covered by the tour prior to the interview?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you benefited from being an only child" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was really difficult. They just want to get a feel for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply late? Are you a procrastinator?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. However they did note ask a question concerning my GPA." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They really want to just get to know you better." More from this Member | Report Response

"My secret" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were difficult; these were all the standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths/Weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you score lower on this particular section on the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UAB when you have applied to other schools as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the hardest thing for you in dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the most difficult for you in the dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing was really difficult, pretty basic questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten yrs.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none were difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a dentist? (my first interview, needed to prepare more for that question.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"explaining about my average gpa, but none of the questions were hard" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about your G Chem DAT score? Do you think you'll retake the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dental school is a stressful environment.....what do you do to relieve stress and how will you cope with stress in dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None " More from this Member | Report Response

""Tell me about yourself." We all know this question is coming, but its still a difficult one to answer well. " More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I got my family to ask me interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Write everything down and memorize most of it 3-4 days before the interview, so you have a general idea of what you want to say." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, asking friends about their interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Reviewing common interview questions, Committee letter interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Printed off a list of questions and had my family ask them to me the week leading up to the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock Interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school site." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and talking to friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. It was dead on. Also, UAB's site." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read the website info" More from this Member | Report Response

"student doctor network" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewing basic interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just read some of the interview feedback here but pretty much just tried to be myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interviews, reading entries on SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read questions online, researched possible questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"This site, school's web site, advise from my pre-health adviser" More from this Member | Report Response

"read this website and did a mock interview at my school. I also read about UAB" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read on SDN, answered the posted questions to another person before I got there, read my essay and made sure I could discuss each scenario I presented. " More from this Member | Report Response

"read this site, and reviewed my AADSAS application." More from this Member | Report Response

"read my essay, should have done more" More from this Member | Report Response

"I looked at the website and talked to dental students before the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"kept notes from my shadowing, read my personal statement, looked at the school website and this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over website and my personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over their website and went over my personal essay and application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read website, sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over website and catalogue." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed UAB website, talked with current students via SDN and dentaltown as well as going over my decision to pursue a career in dentistry and some common issues facing the profession. Also reviewed my notes from shadowing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview committees willingness to laugh during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers/admissions office extremely friendly. Awesome tour. Brand new facility." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the students and staff, everyone seemed genuine and interested in me and what I had to say and offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"The kindness of everyone, especially Dr. Filler" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very friendly! The students giving the tour gave really good examples of how much clinical exposure they have and how fun they have at the school. The lunch with other students was a good time to talk to students. Also, they order interviews based on who has the farthest travel time, so it was nice to be done first so I could drive 5 hours home." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were so genuinely nice. Not intimidating at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Family atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"great facilities, super nice people" More from this Member | Report Response

"The honesty of the students who gave the tour and the friendliness of everyone there. The school prides itself on its clinical curriculum, which seems rigorous but necessary. You interview with the entire admissions board, which may seem daunting, but is much better than one-on-one interviews because you get to see and interact with everyone who will be giving you the yes or no into the school, not just one or two people. The faculty is confident in the school and its performance, especially compared to other programs, which I liked a lot." More from this Member | Report Response

"The organization of the school. Also, the people conducting the interview and all of the students I met were very nice. The interview room is pretty intimidating but it's a positive because you get a variety of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How down to earth Dr. Filler was (as always) and how his main goal was to take the stress level down. He specifically said when we arrived to "calm down," because this day was "going to be fun and easy."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great facilities, students seemed very happy to be there and enthusiastic about their school, all specialties located at the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"how friendly everybody was their new curriculum the renovated clinics" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students currently in the school were enthusiastic while the ones giving the interview were knowledgeable and acted in a professional manner." More from this Member | Report Response

"They really tried to make you feel relaxed. I was extremely nervous going in, but they made me feel comfortable really quickly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything except parking" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great facilities and great clinical preparation" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of students and professors. Facilities nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"attitute, everyone is relaxed and welcoming" More from this Member | Report Response

"very friendly people, very nice facility." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were eager to make you feel comfortable and ease the your nerves. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The awesome facilities--nearly the entire school is newly rennovated, and there are so many chairs for the 3rd and 4th years. The preclinic lab was open, and the air filteration in the room is top notch. All the 2nd years were in there doing work, and the room had no smell whatsoever. ALSO, the students seemed focused, intelligent, and friendly. UAB does very well on its boards, and is part of the biggest health complex thing (8 hospitals in one area) in the southeast." More from this Member | Report Response

"Board scores, students, very friendly faculty, and the city of Birmingham" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities were awesome! the new lab was really nice, everyone seemed really friendly, Dr. Filler made you feel at ease, especially since he was on the interviewing committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and staff were very friendly. Great facilities!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities at the school are second to none, the high board scores that UAB students constantly score, Dr. Filler was very helpful and all the students were very nice and went out of their way to greet all the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"*everyone* was friendly and willing to talk and answer questions (including students not involved with the interview or tour)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Birmingham is beautiful. The school has been newly remodeled and was very nice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Great labs and work environments. Approachable faculty!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students were great! All were very happy and loved the program. Yes, they said it was hard but that will only be an asset once you are out of school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything...everyone was really nice and friendly, the building was beautiful, the clinics and classrooms looked brand new and all the students seemed to just love it there. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Like so many others have posted, parking was a nightmare. Give yourself time to find an empty parking garage. I recommend getting there an hour early if you are driving in from out of town." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not all had business cards. Be prepared to remember all their names for your letters." More from this Member | Report Response

"Too long" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't too impressed with Birmingham, but only spent a day there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Just arrive way ahead of time to park and get to the building!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a whole lot to do in Birmingham and it's about 40 min away from Tuscaloosa. Parking is also an issue." More from this Member | Report Response

"birmingham itself the older clinics" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are pretty old feeling" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"parking" More from this Member | Report Response

"finding a place to park nearby" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is downtown..." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. One interviewer was a little intimidating." More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't see too many faculty, besides the ones in admissions. We didn't see where 1st and 2nd years take their classes, which was down the street about a mile--probably a hassle as a student to have to make the trek every day." More from this Member | Report Response

"just that there is no dining center" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing at all, just get there early to find a parking spot!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and faculty just didn't seem all that friendly. It may have been just an off day, but some of the students seemed a little arrogant to me.The students I talked to said there was a lot of competition there too." More from this Member | Report Response

"No cafeteria on-site at the dental school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing comes to mind." More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking is a problem. " More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not to stress so much." More from this Member | Report Response

"That everyone would be in the interview area a full 20 minutes early. I walked in and was the last one there." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview would be with the entire admissions committee" More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed the interview would be. Not that you shouldn't prepare and be ready, but being nervous is unnecessary. And only about 8 were interviewed at a time which was nice to be in a small group." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to be nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tired" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was not do or die. Be relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"More questions to ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"Get to campus early in order to find a parking space in the garage...took me fifteen minutes, and others had to park further away in hospital lot." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't be nervous! (Easier said than done)" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing, pretty much just like feedback on this site" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is so laid back, shouldn't have even worried. They just wanted to get to know me better." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew pretty much everything i needed to know" More from this Member | Report Response

"They don't seem to have a real goal for the interview, only to talk to you and get to know you better." More from this Member | Report Response

"We're supposed to wear suits (or at least a blazer) to interviews. just had a tie with khakis. haha" More from this Member | Report Response

"just to not have been so nervous, cause it was laidback. then my answers might not have been so rushed, haha." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking is terrible!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I suppose it would have helped somewhat if i knew that the panel was 4 dentists and 1 student, but it was really no big deal. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This school has always been my top choice, and after the interview that is even more confirmed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Loved the school, I hope to hear back from them soon! Students are sincere and caring, staff are friendly and willing to answer questions, and everyone behaved very professionally." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed interview! They really just want to get to know you and see that you are more than just numbers on a paper." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facility was incredible and the interviewers asked a wide range of questions to get a feel for the applicant. Typical interview questions. Nothing to be nervous about." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very relaxing" More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a great program that will train you to be a skilled practicing dentist. This school went to the top of my list after my interview, frankly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have a question or two to ask!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The way the day is set up is a tour first by two students (one male and one female), then lunch with current students and Dr. Filler, and then everyone waits in lobby to be interviewed one at a time. There were eight people in my group." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was extremely friendly and it was a very comfortable process. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone here was great, the atmosphere was inviting, and the admissions committee just wants to get to know you. I'm happy with how it went." More from this Member | Report Response

"great experience overall, laid-back atmosphere, but still professional and respectful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Really run." More from this Member | Report Response

"Positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"great" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed, very nice people. Made me feel at home. the school was my last choice and the interview completely changed my mind. " More from this Member | Report Response

"School tour for an hour, eat good food with a few students for an hour, sit in lobby with the few others interviewies you took tour with and wait for your call to interview. Interview is in small room, sitting at a round table with your interviewing board, casually." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed interview. It seemed more like a conversation than an interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"UAB is perfect whether you want to go right into private practice or instead would want to specialize. It's got great board scores, facilities, students, and a friendly atmosphere. I got in a week after the interview, but I am lucky since I thought my interview (my first) was slightly awkward." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great! I loved UAB!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I truly enjoyed my whole interview experience, the tour was really informational and enlightening, the food for lunch was off the hook,(no cold sandwiches and veges), and the interview process was not as bad as I imagined." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt very comfortable throughtout the entire interview process. Dr. Filler is extremely nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though I was the last one interviewed, this interview is very laid back and I now understand why many students choose UAB over their own state school." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very nice day. First thing was the tour. It was led by a few students. The facilites were very nice...newly renovated. Next was lunch. We had some catered meat and veggies. Then we waited in the lobby for our interview. They were generally between 15 and 25 minutes. The interview was a little more stressful than the others I have been to just because there was one lady (bad cop, probably)that was just drilling me on my poor science DAT scores. The others were nice though. After that, we were free to go. I think we got done around 2:30-3ish. Oh yeah...you get in-state tuition after a year, which is a big plus!" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above and below. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I think it says alot about the school when the biggest complaint I have about them is their parking lot. The interview was great, it was more like a group conversation than an interview and they really just wanted to find out who you were. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 33
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 24
Neutral 0
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.09 22

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 13
Out of state 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 2
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 11
7+ hours 2

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 2
Automobile 19
Train or subway 2
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 11
$101-$200 3
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 1
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

Birmingham Shuttleworth

birmingham

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 2
Friends or family 4
Hotel 4
Home 4
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

--

double tree

Doubletree

sheraton

Townplace Suites Marriott in Homewood

Would you recommend the hotel?

--

double tree

Doubletree

sheraton

Townplace Suites Marriott in Homewood

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.17 23

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.63 24

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.79 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.94 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.56 16

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.21 14

0 = low, 10 = high

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