Of The Top 25 Deadly Mistakes Candidates Make That Ruin Dental School
Interviews And How to Avoid Them.
As a dental school interview
coach of many years, most clients who come to me are still often
harboring many dangerous ways of thinking about their upcoming dental
school interviews. These incorrect thoughts cause all sorts of troubles
for them when they prepare to interview, and in the actual interview.
What appears to be common sense or obvious about dental school interviewing
is often quite counterintuitive. I designed this article so you
can easily see the incorrect thought or mindset, why it is a problem
(and how this is perceived to be undesirable by the interviewer)
and most importantly, what you can do to PREVENT this from happening.
Four Of The Top 25 Deadly Mistakes Candidates Make
That Ruin Dental School Interviews
And How to Avoid Them
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
You have some dental school interviews coming
up and I'm sure you've checked out www.studentdoctor.net, read interview
instructional articles on the web, spoken to friends who have had
dental school interviews, or who are in dental school, and even
met with your school counselor to ask how dental school interviews
are run. This is all good due diligence. As a dental school interview
coach of many years, most clients who come to me have done all the
above, yet they are still often harboring many dangerous ways of
thinking about their upcoming dental school interviews. These incorrect
thoughts cause all sorts of troubles for them when they prepare
to interview, and in the actual interview.
I want you to read this article carefully and understand that what
appears to be common sense or obvious about dental school interviewing
is often quite counterintuitive. I designed this so you can easily
see the incorrect thought or mindset, why it is a problem (and how
this is perceived to be undesirable by the interviewer) and most
importantly, what you can do to PREVENT this from happening.
Let's get underway!
- THE DEADLY MISTAKE IN THINKING: "It's an obvious fact
that the interviewer will know how serious I am about becoming
a dentist, since I made the supreme effort to complete all the
application papers and to come all this way to be interviewed,
so I won't bother focusing much for an answer on why I want to
be a dentist."
WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM: Dental school admissions officers
screen interview candidates very, very carefully by attempting
to determine their commitment to the profession. This is a major
criterion for the interviewer. They must determine the answer
to the question, "Will this candidate stick things out even when
dental school becomes terrifically difficult?" Every year across
the country many students drop out of dental school. The national
dropout average is 20%! This is a percentage that scares the admissions
officer, so they probe very, very carefully for this. They don't
want to make an offer to a student who they believe is not committed
to the profession. They don't want dropouts.
HOW TO AVOID IT: You must convince the interviewer that
not only do you have a deep commitment to the profession of dentistry,
but that you go in with your eyes wide open to the challenges
and problems in dental school, and you have done such due diligence
about the experience that you accept the challenge, warts and
all. You also need to convince them that you love the school,
the area and the weather. This way they know you won't bail out.
If they have any sense that you might be uncomfortable at their
school, they will screen you out.
- THE DEADLY MISTAKE IN THINKING: "All my friends who
had dental school interviews told me everything to expect, so
I'm sure my interview will be just like theirs."
WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM: Assumptions are not your friend.
Your small sample of people is nothing compared to the big world
HOW TO AVOID IT: Preparation is your friend. Cover all
potentialities in the interview by gaming everything out and practicing.
- THE DEADLY MISTAKE IN THINKING: "I only had a few shadow
experiences, but I'll tell them I had over a dozen, and I can
make up stuff to say."
WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM: This is a disaster in the making.
You can fake your way for a bit, but once the interviewer begins
asking probing questions, your days as a clever interviewee are
HOW TO AVOID IT: Either secure more shadow experiences,
or interview the dentists you had them with in more depth. Seek
out new dentists for informational interviews that only take 20-30
minutes. This way you'll have more material to share.
- THE DEADLY MISTAKE IN THINKING: "When they ask me why
I decided not to become a physician, I'll tell them about all
the negative aspects of being a physician."
WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM: The interviewer's son could be a
physician, and the interviewer could see that as insulting. You
can easily be seen as a negative, complaining individual. You
are putting down a fellow health professional, and that is unprofessional.
HOW TO AVOID IT: Never speak ill of any one, or of any profession.
Give a few reasons for why medicine did not fit you, and why you
love dentistry more, but be kind to physicians.
Now you have seen four of the 25 most common errors
in thinking when it comes to dental school interviews. Perhaps you
are surprised that what you have been told or what you have read
before this article did not tell you about all of these. Nonetheless,
now your eyes have been opened to the many potential pitfalls around
dental school interviews. Review these errors in thinking, do your
due diligence and I know you can avoid each one of these so you
come across as a highly desirable candidate for dental school.
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