Due to Covid restrictions, many Dental Schools conducted online interviews for 2021 entry, and some might do the same for 2022 entry. For example, Barts, Dundee and Sheffield are saying that their Dentistry panel interviews will be held online for 2022 entry.
It’s also possible that some Dental Schools who normally use MMIs could switch to an online panel interview format instead. So even if you think you’ll only be doing Dentistry MMIs, it’s worth familiarising yourself with panel interviews as well!
Please check your chosen university’s website, or contact them, for the most up-to-date information.
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.
At a Dentistry panel interview, your interviewers will likely want to ask you about areas including:
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 panel 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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