Interview for Dentistry BDS
About your interview
Interviews will take place online on pre-scheduled dates.
Our online interviews take the form of a panel interview with 3 interviewers
- You will be asked to consider questions, situations, and dilemmas. Even though these are often framed in a clinical or dental context, no prior dentistry knowledge is required to address them. We want to find out about your ability to think critically and flexibly, on your feet. We are looking to assess your work experience, your communication skills, and your ability to work in a team. We are looking for caring and hardworking individuals.
- The interview is designed to assess your thinking skills, your personal values, and your ability to communicate. These are all hugely important in shaping the kind of dentist you will be and here in Dundee we place a lot of weight on them.
It's natural to want to share your experiences with others, however, we ask you not to discuss the specific topics or tasks at the stations with other applicants, school friends, or online. Although there is little evidence that knowing the station details in advance makes a difference to performance, we feel that the integrity of the system is better upheld if the topics and tasks of individual stations are confidential. We would appreciate your cooperation with this.
On the day
We use Blackboard Collaborate for our online interviews. You will be given a link to access your interview in your confirmation email. There is no need to register for an account or log in, simply click the link in your email to join the online meeting at the time stated in your confirmation and reminder email. Please check your internet, camera and microphone are working in advance of following the link to your allocated time.
Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please have your photo ID with you on the day as this will be asked for.
Issued by a government agency or professional institution showing your name, date of birth, and a clear image of your face.
Examples include your photocard driving licence (full or provisional), passport, national ID card or Young Scot card.
For your interview you should dress smartly, the same way you would for an in-person interview. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.
If you are running late on the day of your interview, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Managing your nerves
We recognise that interviews are stressful, and we don't want this to stop you from giving your best performance. If it's obvious that you're becoming a bit flustered, our interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease.
Invite to interview
If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address. You will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.
Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we release them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team. Where possible, we will try to give you at least two weeks' notice to allow you to make any arrangements.
You should plan to be in your interview for approximately 40 minutes.
We hold our interviews between December and January. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date. Our booking system will allow you to choose from a selection of dates and times. We advise that you book quickly to secure a slot which is best for you.
After the interview, we aim to communicate decisions by the end of March and at the latest, by the UCAS decision date. This decision will be communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.
If you have any further questions about your interview, after you've received an invite