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Getting your first job guide

Updated for 2019-20, this guide has been written specifically for final year dental students to help with the next step on your dental career path: securing your first job.

Cover 2018.jpgTo give you the low-down on what interviewers are really looking for Dr Helen Falcon MBE, former Postgraduate Dental Dean and former Chair of COPDEND, gives guidance on preparing for your Dental Foundation Training interview.


Dr Falcon's advice includes practice interview scenarios and essential information about how to succeed in the Situational Judgement Tests. Plus new example scenarios and SJT questions.


Jeff Ellis, a Vocational Trainer from Scotland gives interview tips for Scottish Vocational Training candidates. Potential questions you may be asked in your interview, plus helpful guidance on choosing a practice is covered.


There is also helpful advice about writing a winning CV, plus a sample CV to download


Recent graduates also discuss their own experiences of last years interviews and give advice on a range of topics from interview technique to postgraduate qualifications. 


Preview the 2019 guide - download an extract.


​Get your copy

All​ final year student members will be posted a copy of the guide at the start of October 2019. ​

If you are not a member and would like a copy you can join online​ or over the phone: 020 7563 4550. Student membership is now only £2.50 a month.


Interview skills lecture

You can also find out more about preparing for your interview in our 'Making the right impression' interview skills lecture. This is touring all UK dental schools in the autumn term. Find out when we're visiting your school.


Interview skills workshop

To polish up your interview technique for the dental foundation training interviews, we are running an interview skills workshop in London. Find out more.