Dental Foundation Training Interviews: An Update

DFT interviews were the first thing I ever blogged about when I set up 'A Tooth Germ' over 3 years ago so I thought it was about time I posted an updated blog since the application process has changed recently...

My DFT preparation course last year

This year, I decided not to run my own course as I had way too much on my plate already! Instead I lectured on a course organised by one of my own delegates from last year where all the money raised go to charity - Akshaya Patra.

The 2 weekends that the course was held over saw some very enthusiastic and knowledgeable final years - good luck to all of you! 


1. Timings of the Situational Judgement Test (SJT): Previously, the SJT was at the centre on the day of the interview. For the first time this year it is being held separately online which you have to book onto between 1st-7th November

2. Pre-release of the Communication and PML station scenarios: Again for the first time this year you will receive the questions for both the communication and the PML stations one week before your interview. This is to help make the process fairer. Do not assume that there will not be any further questions interviewers may ask off the back of the main questions

3. Timing of ranking of scheme preference: This has been for the past few years the deadline for the ranking of your scheme preferences is after the interview itself between 4th-18th December

Common Scenarios to Revise

Common themes come up throughout the SJT and both stations and it's very important that you know the themes inside out! These include:

  • Clinical Governance
  • Raising Concerns
  • Complaints 
  • GDC standards
  • Whistleblowing
  • Consent
  • Capacity
  • Safeguarding
  • Confidentuality
  • Teamwork

Remember to practice, practice practice! Ask friends/family to practice interviewing you and timing it!

Again from my course - one on one interview practice is essential!

Where to find further information

There lots of resources out there to help prepare you (apart from just this blog!):

  • BDA final year guide
  • Dental Foundation Interview Guide
  • GDC standards for Professionals
  • COPDEND website
  • Society guidelines e.g. NICE, FGDP, AAE, BSP, BSPPD

If you have any queries please let me know in the comments below.

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