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  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Newark
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"What part of New Jersey are you from? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Are you happy with your DAT scores? (I was) So what happened during this particular semester (referring to the one that I totally got owned)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"The typical one, why dentistry? Why not medicine? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Engineering is a very good and promising field, why make the switch to Dentistry?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why did you not fare well in one of your semesters? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Went over my application, Looked up technical details of my reserach experience, Knew my motivation for the profession well." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty was very fun-loving, and an approachable bunch. We were asked to interview as we stepped into the Dental School so that we could get the most anticipated part over with (Which I thought was very considerate, as the info sessions were that much more enjoyable afterwards). My interviewer was very kind and courteous and did not ask any questions in a condescending tone at all (unlike the ones from other schools). The tour was nice, they have a brand new wing recently added, and the facilities are VERY NICE! Great school for clinical. They also prepare you for your boards by giving you "decks" that you have to memorize for the exams. Students were enthusiastic to be there and were very helpful. Very nice school overall. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location (as you might have guessed). According to current students, the surrounding area, Parking lots , etc. can get very unsafe at nights, meaning anytime after 6:00 PM, which I am definitely not used to, coming from an undergraduate school where most ppl study in public libraries till 2 or 3 in the morn and then leave to go home. Quite unsafe for women especially. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. That the interview was very relaxed and went very well was a pleasant surprise to me, for I had prepared for the interview as if I was going to cross-examined. So for those reading this, sorry to ruin the surprise but it is going to be quite chilled out. (Not to say you shouldnt do all the prep work you think u need to)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I got there at 8:45 am and was directed to the conference room where all the candidates had gathered. Breakfast was served, but given that we were to interview soon, no one ate too much lol. They also let you bring along either a family member or a close friend, whoever you feel might want to come to this sesison with you, so I thought that it was very nice of them to extend this offer. Once I got to the conference room, I chatted a bit with the other candidates and took a seat in one of the plush leather chairs they had there. At the stroke of 9, one by one, the interviewers came in and started taking ppl for their interviews. Mine was one of the first ones, so I was a bit nervous. NO NEED TO BE. The faculty were chilled out to the max, and do not usually put ppl on the spot. After the interview, there was a presentation by the Director of Admissions (Great guy, we talked about golf during our snack break), an endodontist, and another Faculty Member. This was followed by a tour by the faculty member from the Presentation. It was a nice informative tour which lasted about an hour or so. Then it was Lunch/schmooze with current dental students WITHOUT any faculty members present in the room. Then, we were given a tour by the students, (just as a side-note, warn your parents before you are lead into the room with the dead bodies by the Students! yipes was that crazy!) After this, a short tour of the library and thats it, you exit!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/23/2005

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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