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  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

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)?

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

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

"Why HSDM?" Report Response

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

"How do you see yourself and your career in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"All of the questions were pretty standard." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You have a very high dat score and GPA. You have a passion for research, have a wealth of diverse dental experiences, and have completed many community service projects, both locally and internationally. But we have plenty of applicants like you. Why are you different? What can you bring to HSDM that is unique?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I completed the Supp App. That helped me put my thoughts in order. I also paid much attention to our morning meeting with Anne Berg. I used some of the info i learned in that meeting as examples during my interview." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and faculty are amazing. I love their version of PBL." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Boston is cold and wet in the winter, and it's hot and humid during the summer. I really wanted to see the clinics, but they were closed for the NERB during our interview day." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had researched more about the school before I arrived. I had a JADA article on the HSDM curriculum that I wanted to read before my interview but never got to it. I also should have perused the website more. These "should have's" would be more for my benefit, rather than for my success during the interview." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It's an amazing school. In my eyes, the closest to perfect that you can get from a dental education. But I don't think I put my best foot forward during the interview. Maybe I was just nervous because I knew I only had one shot, and I really want to go to this school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

Logan

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Cambridge Marriott

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/04/2011

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?

8 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?

10 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?

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Try not to schedule interview days when the clinics are closed." Report Response

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