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  • University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"There were no real specific interview type questions. As others have said it was pretty open and conversational. I would say that my interviewer, who was one of the group practice administrators, did not really review my AADSAS application. The questions that came up were all based on the essay that I wrote at the start of the day. I wrote about my job as I'm a nontraditional applicant. In the essay I stated leadership was forced on me and she asked what I meant by that." Report Response

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

"Asked how I maintain my schedule and if I would manage with out administrative assistance." Report Response

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

"Asked if I understood that I'll be at the bottom and if I was ok with that." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Interesting is relative I guess. I thought it was interesting that her questions were not really questions that would be used to determine if I was an acceptable candidate but instead to see if I'd be willing to put up with being a dental student." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I rambled a bit on the what I meant by leadership being forced on me because it's tough to explain in a positive twist why I didn't feel ready for the leadership role." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read this forum and saw that most people said it was really laid back so didn't really stress too much. I did review AADSAS and supplemental application." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The specialization rates, board pass rates, the campus, pass fail, students seriously seemed really happy and motivated (really important that other students are happy and motivated because moods are infectious), emphasis on continual improvement in the school and programs" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Didn't like driving around LA as it just seriously sprawls endlessly. We spent pretty much the entire day in the admissions office which is a pretty small room with no windows." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I felt pretty comfortable with what happened and there weren't really any surprises." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Understand that if you get an interview unless you seriously blow the interview you're going to be accepted if there are still seats so don't stress, be professional and be yourself. My DATs, AA/TS 19/19, are well below the average and I was amazed to get an interview and am even more amazed that I was accepted so don't stress they like you. Also as others have said be prepared to write why you have unique characteristics that will positively contribute to the school (or something like that). If you get an interview they liked something in your application that made them think you will contribute positively. Last comment is kind of an interviewer tip for beginners but always keep your right hand free for a hand shake. Immediately after my interview we stood up and shook hands and I let my guard down and put my pen in my right hand we went back to the room with the other prospective students. Once there she went to shake my hand again in front of everyone so I awkwardly had to switch my pen to my left hand (the double goodbye shake got me so don't let your guard down...ever)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

DCA - LAX

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/13/2009

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

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