5 Interview Tips for Dental Assistants

So you just scored an interview to become a dental assistant, your employers have reviewed your killer resume and cover letter and they like what they see. But the battle isn’t over yet! You sparked their interest now go in for the kill! You are going to have to impress your employer and show that you are a good match for the office, so how do you go about doing that? What can you expect from your interview and how can you increase your chances of getting the job? Here are 5 interview tips for dental assistants.

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5 Interview Tips for Dental Assistants

1. Show You Are a Team Player

Almost all dental offices will try to find out whether you are a team player or not. You need to prove that you can work efficiently and effectively with others. DON’T be the “lone wolf”, your role is to cooperate with everyone to help make the dental procedure as efficient as possible. Show that you are able to work and communicate with others smoothly and you’re golden.

2. Common Questions

Common questions will include some along the lines of “What can you offer to this office?” and “What are your weak points and strong points?” and “Why do you want to become a dental assistant in the first place?” Don’t try to lie or it will come to bite you in the butt later, be honest and show that you can be an indispensable employee to the office. As mentioned above bring in the point that you are a HUGE team player and point out ALL your experience and skills. Show that you have a great attitude that can help keep the work environment positive and that you will find no problem in keeping the office running efficiently. For general interview questions check out this resource.

3. Personality

Just like in any other job interview, you need to be confident. Every employer is looking for confidence in possible candidates and the only way you will be confident is by preparing for the interview beforehand. However, in dental assisting you will need to show a little bit more of what makes you stand out. Demonstrate that you are reliable with attendance, attentiveness, work ethics, and knowledgeable in your field. Bring in letters of recommendation to give further proof.

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4. Demonstrate That You’re Worth More Than Gold

Remember, the role of a dental assistant is to make the dental procedure as efficient as possible. Most offices are looking for ways to cut costs these days and they are always looking for those people who can do multiple tasks for them. The more efficient and reliable you are the more valuable you will be to the practice. Prove that you are that special person, highlight your skills and assets. Be that one employee that the office would rather have than 10 mediocre ones.

5. More Experience = Higher % of Getting Hired

Dental offices are primarily looking for experience in dental assisting and the duties you will be performing. Employers look for chairside experience, laboratory experience (making casts of teeth, temporary crowns, etc.), office/administrative experience, experience in dental records, and experience with preparatory dental procedures. The more experience and training you have, the better you will fare in your interview.

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If you take these interview tips for dental assistants in mind your chances of getting the job will be significantly increased. If your employers find you a qualified candidate they will call you in for a second day for a “working interview”. Here you will be able to show your skills and experience. If you get called in for a work interview chances are you are going to get the job (if you don’t, blame the economy!)¬†Good luck!