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  • McGill University Faculty of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Montreal
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"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?" Report Response

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

"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?" Report Response

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

"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?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"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)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"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?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"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)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"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" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"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." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"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." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"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." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/30/2006

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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