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  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Richmond
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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)?

"Why Denistry? Why VCU? (Obviously)" Report Response

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

"How do you handle stress? What do you do to relieve stress?" Report Response

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

"What are your 3 biggest strengths and weaknesses?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was the biggest risk you have ever taken?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked at others' posted feedback, read the forums, looked at vcu web site, practiced answering obvious questions (e.g. why denistry? why vcu?), prepared questions to ask interviewers" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The sense of community between everybody there. The students all seemed to know each other. The faculty seemed genuinely interested in getting to know everybody. I didn't get the vibe that anybody would be stepping all over each other to make the grade. Good facilities, very nice clinic." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The parking situation was pretty bad, everyone seemed to complain about that (although the interviewees were able to park in the hospital lot). A few things seemed disorganized throughout the day. There was down time when there shouldn't have been. Also seemed like there was a bit too much paperwork going around." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I would have known the reputations of the interviewers. I had heard VCU's interviews were all chill, so I didn't think I would get anyone like Dr. Bui. It would have helped having that information, but that's about it." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great interview experience. The students and faculty were all great. You will definitely learn a lot just by visiting. It was a very positive experience overall, but a bit long (7:30 am to 2:30 pm). I'm walking away knowing quite a bit about the school, the students, and the faculty. It wasn't an interrogation the in any sense (except for a little bit of the Dr. Bui interview), everyone just seemed to want to get to know about the applicants. They stressed clinical a lot more than research, although research opportunities are definitely available and are highly recommended for those wishing to specialize (about 50-60% of students are accepted into specialization programs, according to Dr. Bui). Great school, thumbs up! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/30/2004

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