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Getting your first job guide

Updated for 2020-21, 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 covers how to succeed in the Situational Judgement Tests as well as 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 year's interviews and give advice on a range of topics from interview technique to postgraduate qualifications.


​Get your copy

All​ final year student members will be posted a copy of the guide at the start of October 2020. ​

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. These will be available online via your dental school in the autumn term. Find out when we're delivering the online lecture at your school.


DFT recruitment videos and webinars

To polish up your skills for the dental foundation training assessment, we have created an online series of seminar-style videos and live webinars.


Composed by Alasdair Miller, former Postgraduate Dental Dean for the South-West, Andrea Ogden, BDA Undergraduate and Career Development Lead and Jonathan Lewney, Consultant in Public Health and Associate Editor for BDJ Portfolio, these informative videos cover the DFT recruitment process, practice Situational Judgement Tests, plus offer helpful assessment tips.


We also offer live Q&A sessions in which our experts discuss practice SJTs and provide tips on national ranking and answering techniques. Places are limited to 150 so register now and join us for an interactive discussion where we will answer your burning questions and help to prepare you to take on the SJTs with confidence.


Find out more and register for your place.