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Interviews

All shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at The University of Manchester.

About the interview

The interview is a formal, though friendly, process. It is not a test of your academic knowledge.

The interviewers are drawn from both the university and clinical environments and have undergone specific training and guidance for interviewing applicants including issues relating to equality and diversity. We appreciate that some candidates will be nervous, so we ensure that interviews are conducted in as relaxed an environment as possible.

The pre-interview screening process operated by the medicine and dentistry admissions team at Manchester will already have ensured that all candidates called to interview appear to have sufficient academic potential.

The purpose of the interview is to take a wider view of the applicant. The aim is to explore the non-academic criteria, as well as to encourage you to talk naturally about yourself, your studies and your experiences, and to demonstrate that you have the interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively and show that you are a well-rounded individual.

In this way, you can show that you meet the academic and non-academic attributes required of a prospective dentist.

The interviewers appreciate that some candidates will be nervous and will, of course, make allowances for this.

We will look at the following areas in your interview.

Ability to communicate

Communication skills are essential to the practice of all aspects of dentistry. We expect candidates to be able to express their ideas clearly and coherently and to be able to follow a reasoned argument.

Candidates who give spontaneous yet well-thought-out answers to questions are more likely to impress the interviewers than those who give obviously rehearsed and 'coached' responses.

Why do you want to be a dentist?

This is an obvious but vital question. It is also the question to which candidates most frequently reply with a coached and practised answer.

We will seek specific evidence of the experiences that have influenced your decision to study dentistry.

Work Experience 

Your work experiences will be of great interest. The interview is an opportunity for you to relate not only to the facts and details of your experiences, but also your responses to them and what you have gained from them.

Ethical and other issues

Ethical issues may be raised by the interviewers, but only to assess your ability to coherently summarise the issues at stake. Candidates should be reassured that neither the interviewers nor The University of Manchester will take a position on any ethical issue.

It is not your ethical views that the interviewers may be interested in, but how coherently you express the ethical dilemmas facing dental practitioners.

You will not be asked questions in any of the following areas: gender, sexuality, marital or parental status, race, religion, social background.

Interview format

The interview process for 2019 entry will adopt a seven-station multiple mini interview format, with each station having an interviewer.

Each station will be seven minutes long and there will be a two-minute gap between stations. In the two-minute gap, you will be provided with some information about the next station so that you can begin to prepare your thoughts.

The station where you start will be allocated at random and you will then pass round the circle from station to station until you have completed them all.

Interview dates

For 2020 entry, invitations to attend an interview will be sent to applicants before the end of December 2019. Interviews will be held at Manchester in February. International applicants will also be offered interviews in Manchester. All interviewees will be sent information that explains in detail the interview procedure and the format of the interview process.