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  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Chapel Hill
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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)?

"What can you, as an individual, bring to the dental school class that is unique?" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun outside of school or resume related activities?" Report Response

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

"Tell about the Medicaid program in North Carolina. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you do outside of school work or resume related activities in your free time? (In other words, what do you do for fun?)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about the Medicaid program with regards to dentistry in North Carolina." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read their website very carefully and spoke with dentists about current trends and problems regarding dentistry in North Carolina. Remember, one of the purposes of the interview is to show that you know about dentistry in NC, prove it to them with statistics and hard evidence as much as possible." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was impressed with the fact that neither of the faculty interviewers were out to "grill" me and the first one I had voluntarily conducted a closed file interview in order to remain "unbiased" about me. I felt as if I was in charge of the dialogue in terms of choosing topics to discuss which was rather enjoyable believe it or not." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"For clarification purposes, there are three 30 minute interviews scheduled for the half day process; one of which is by a student. I felt that the student was rather brash and almost a little bit rude- perhaps the fact that I am a non-science major (while she was a double Biology and Chemistry major in college) and that I chose to speak about non-science topics made her uncomfortable since she evidently either didn't care about what I was saying or lacked the background knowledge to "connect" with what I was talking about. Either way, I got the impression from other older dental students that the student interview really does not matter all that much. Also, you should know that about 75 people are invited to interview during each of the 4 Saturdays relgated for the process and although everything is very efficent and smooth, you get the impression that you are just a number and nothing else." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There was nothing that I wished I had known about. Just make sure you have plenty of questions ready to ask your interviewer if the conversation starts lagging- they really do expect you to ask them questions(this is really important)! One more thing, they gave us the break down of how they evaluate you in terms of your competitivness during a power point presentation by Dr. Guckes, the Dean of admissions, which stated that your science GPA counts for 30% (along with any trends in grades), DAT scores count for 30% and interview counts as 40%. This info is not available anywhere else." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You need to arrive at the dental school by 7:45 on a Saturday morning. Once there, the staff has set out a long table with a continental style breakfast available for you if that's something you are interested in. You then approach the information desk and check in; you are assigned a group number 1-3, are given a name tag, and a schedule based on your group number. The half day extravaganza is divided into 30 minute increments with 3 interviews, a tour of the school, a financial aid talk, and a student question and answer session at the very end. Overall, I was very impressed with the faculty, the facilities, and low stress atmosphere of the situation." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/16/2004

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