May 20, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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With thousands of students applying for the very few available dental seats, you can expect the weeding process to be very rigorous. Admissions authorities can afford to be very selective and will look for the smallest slip-up to reject your application. Being aware of some of the more common reasons why applications get rejected can help you sidestep these mistakes and submit the perfect application.
It’s surprising how many applications are actually sent in after the deadline. Many students wait until the last minute and then put together a hurried application that is sent out too late or at the eleventh hour. Universities are very strict about their deadlines and you need to take it seriously. Most universities automatically reject all applications that are received after the deadline. Even if you send yours in within the last few days, they may have already filled their seats and your application will again find its way into the rejected pile.
To prevent this from happening, start planning in advance and send in your application well before the deadline.
You may think that it doesn’t matter how the material is presented as long as everything is submitted. Not true. It is very important that you sort out your documents properly before sending them in so that they are neatly arranged and easy for the admissions committee to go through. Being efficient and neat will reflect on your character and it will make it easier for them to be able to gather all the information about you, without having to go back and forth to get the big picture.
Work experience is a central part of your application to dental school. Different dental schools have different work experience requirements. For most schools it is mandatory for all applicants to meet the minimum requirement, without which they will just not be accepted. This work experience does not necessarily have to be dentistry-related. It could be volunteer work or a placement in any medical field. What is important is demonstrating that the experience helped you develop valuable transferable skills and also helped you confirm your interest and aptitude to this career.
Various agencies and people will tell you that your school grades, your entrance tests and all your academic performances in the past will not make a difference when you are applying for medicine. That’s not right. The admissions committee will take a look at your overall achievements, even your past academic performances. This is the best way for them to determine how serious you have been about your education and whether you have been consistent and focused on scores throughout. Even though you may not need brilliant scores everywhere, having an averagely good profile will help.
The interview is your last chance to impress the school admissions authority. Many students who make it to this stage sabotage themselves by presuming that the school is so impressed with their credentials that the invite to interview is a mere formality. This is a huge mistake. The interview stage is what actually gives the interviewers a firsthand look at your personality and behaviour. They want to make sure you are a good fit for their institution. Students who are overtly nervous, sloppy or cocky during the interview are inviting rejection letters. Being punctual, calm, confident and polite are the keys to avoid being rejected at this crucial stage.