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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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?

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)?

"How does your research experience relate to your wanting to be a dentist?" Report Response

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

"What other schools did you apply to, and why?" Report Response

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

"What specialty are you looking to get in to? (This is a trick question. If you're asked this, never respond ortho or perio or whatever specialty you're thinking of saying. The only correct answer is to say you would like to get more experience before deciding on a specialty.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What time did you get here this morning?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why dental school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read through my personal statement -- almost all of the interviewers' questions were drawn from it -- and reviewed the school's website to help generate some questions to ask my interviewers." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty that interviewed me were laid back and seemed quite approachable. The campus is beautiful, and some of the dental school's facilities are being overhauled/modernized. I was also impressed by the national board scores and the percentage of students who go on to specialize." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Traffic is bad. Parking is horrible (and expensive). Methinks I'll be takin' the bus to and from school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This interview wasn't too bad at all. Two faculty members reviewed my file, and then I was called into the room and they took turns asking questions. After they finished with their questions, I asked a few of my own and then we shot the breeze for awhile. They even told me the interview went well and I would be accepted! The rest of the day is spent touring the dental school, having lunch with a student, going over financial aid considerations, and making sure no items are missing from your file (transcripts, letters of rec and such)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/15/2003

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