The following universities typically use the panel interview format for Dentistry candidates:
Last year, most panel interviews were held online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
For 2023 entry, some universities will continue to conduct their panel interviews online, but some will return to in-person interviews. When you receive an invitation to interview, make sure you check the details carefully.
If your panel interview for Dentistry is going to be online, you can find out more in our guide to online interviews.
Panel interviews are question-focused, rather than task-based. You’ll be asked questions by a panel of interviewers.
Depending on the university, a panel interview can last anywhere from around 15/20 minutes to 40 minutes.
This type of interview is more like a conversation between you and the panel. In comparison to MMIs, you’ll have a longer time to elaborate on your thoughts and establish a rapport with your interviewers.
Some common Dentistry panel interview questions include:
Manual dexterity involves being able to use your hands/fingers to complete tasks with a high level of precision.
You might be asked by some Dental Schools to complete a task before your interview to demonstrate your manual dexterity skills, e.g. Bristol University has previously asked candidates to prepare a matchbox. Or you might be asked to tell the interviewers about your manual dexterity skills and how you have made an effort to develop them, e.g. by starting a new hobby like knitting, painting or model making.
It’s a good idea to practise answering common interview questions as part of your preparation. However, when you’re at the interview, make sure you speak in a way that doesn’t seem rehearsed or robotic. Interviewers will be able to tell if you’re simply regurgitating answers that you’ve prepared in advance, instead of talking spontaneously. Remember it’s supposed to feel like a conversation!
See our traditional/panel interview guide for more tips.
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