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  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Baltimore
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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 was the exact procedure your dentist used to do the restorative work on your tooth?" Report Response

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

"Why aren't you working as a dental assistant?" Report Response

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

"What are the other schools you are applying to?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Describe in great detail the procedure for extracting a tooth." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Given your major, what makes you think that you are prepared for the rigors of dental school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read over their website, reviewed my personal statement." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nothing...except D.C., Philly and NYC are relatively close to Baltimore." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school in old (although their new building should be completed soon), no sim labs, everything seemed archaic, students kept saying a lot of the faculty is/should be fired, it's in Baltimore" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How long the whole thing would be (almost seven hours)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day started off with the new director of admissions giving a painfully dry, hour long, powerpoint presentation on the school and how lobsters aren't found in the bay, just blue crabs. The cornerstone of her arguement for UM was that is was the first dental school and therefore that fact should imbue it's students with special skills or something. Then a financial aid advisor came in (she handled undergraduate aid)and proceeded to talk at length about FAFSA and warned us not to get into debt. After this a few of the applicants were lead downstairs to the clinics and were paired with third and fourth year students. This was actually nice because it allowed for some interaction with a student and see what clinical life at the school is like. The interview itself was conducted by a faculty member and a disinterested student whom, it became apparent, hadn't read my file (which contained many of the answers to his petty questions). Both of them were negative in their approach to me and my candidacy, attacked the other schools I was applying to, and repeatedly questioned my motive for pursuing dentistry. I felt as if I were facing felony charges or pleading for my soul before the Spanish Inquisition. Needless to say I was not impressed with the facilities, the staff, and the students." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/21/2004

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