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  • Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • New Orleans, LA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Describe something that you advocated recently that met opposition and you subsequently debated?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do you ever feel guilty?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do you ever get depressed?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What material item would you like to have that you do not have now?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Are you a good loser?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Plenty of sleep the night before. I drive a lot for current job and I reviewed how I would answer sample questions like, "why do you want to be a dentist?" from a variety of DAT related preparation guide books that also had a section on interviewing." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"100% of the school's graduates passed the boards last year." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"8 interviewees are brought in for the day, several of the other applicants in my group seemed questionable as future dentists." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Questions for the personality test. I later discovered that at least one other person had the personality questions before their interview---that would seem to be a significant competitive advantage, but then I'm not sure they don't change the questions each year so if you apply multiple years it would be difficult to not be able to gain that advantage for yourself if you had to apply again." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"format: Start with brief introductory from Dean of Admissions Next is chalk-carving test---no rubbing, wetting, etc. must use blade of provided knife to make defined object. 30-60 minutes one-on-one interview with a faculty member who will also ask you predefined personality questions. The test is riddled with ethics questions and questions specifically designed to tell if you are answering honestly or telling them what you think they want to hear so go with honest answers (example: "Do you ever get angry?" everyone gets angry at some time or another, to give a completely negative answer is to fail in their measurement of giving honest answers). Four people do the interviews at a time while the alternative four are given a tour of the facility. Next you get to have lunch with some of the current students at the university. You are free to ask them any questions, no faculty are present. In my opinion, the interview begins the instant you walk through the door, assume everything you say and do will impact their impression of you so be conservatively out-going even with the student population. Last, one by one each applicant is interviewed by a panel of three faculty members. Some say one is positive to you, one is negative to you, and one is neutral. In my experience all three were neutral more or less. You will be asked things like, "how do you think you did on your chalk carving?"---again sincere answers are most valuable for your impression. The applicant that sees no flaws in his work is probably not the perfectionist oriented individual they are probably looking for. You will be hit with questions about any weakness in your application like your lowest score(s) on the DAT, GPA, etc. How well you maintain your composure under stressful situations/questions is as important as your answer itself---keep your cool and give as positive a reply as is possible and truthful." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

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