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  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Minneapolis
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 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)?

"Only asked me one question, really: "Why Minnesota - especially coming from NYC?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"N/A" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"N/A" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed school statement about program in dental school guide." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The amount of clinical experience the students seem to get, their research clout, research opportunity (they make it very easy to get involved), Minneapolis is a cooler city than I thought prior to visiting, and optional study-abroad program during clinical years. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The 4th year I observed - he was brutally honest with all my questions, which I appreciated, but he didn't seem to have any interest in being a dentist anymore. Watching him do his work and extracting personality from him were as awful as having teeth pulled. Also, it seems like almost all of the students were from Minnesota or midwest and were all married by 4th year. There was no diversity anywhere. It didn't seem like U of M is the school to go to if you want to specialize - apparently, only 2 of the most recent graduating class made it into an Ortho program. Facilities are SO clinical it hurts - bad fluorescent lighting, only a couple really modern chairs with all the digital tech (though the rest of the chairs are new, just not as impressive as this one section they have that is too hard to schedule any time in)..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"All the stuff that positively impressed me." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my first interview; so I didn't really know what to expect. I also didn't know what to expect about Minnesota in general - it wasn't one of my first choices before I visited. I stressed out about the interview way more than was necessary. The interviewer basically only asked me one question, and then we just BSed the rest of the time. The students who were involved with the tour were all ridiculously friendly, and I suspect honest - with the exception of the student I observed in the clinic who, although honest, seemed to hate his life. One thing that really pleased me was that they gave us the tour before we had to interview. Though not getting the interview over with early was stressful, it gave me the chance to really see what I liked about the school before I had to go in and talk about why I would want to go there. Also, it seemed like the students really had a sense of community - everyone knew everyone else by their final year. I didn't really meet any faculty, but the one research professor I met was amazing - I imagine she teaches too." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/01/2004

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