Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant Job Interview Questions

Attention Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants, today’s post is written especially for you.  Today we discuss how you can prepare yourself for your Dental Hygienist job interview.  We cover sample interview questions to help you get an advance preview of what you will be asked in your interview.  You will also learn how to answer these questions to ensure you convince the Dentist or Dental Office Manager that you are the one to hire.


Dental Software

Today’s dental offices are paperless and decked out with the latest technologies and computers.  Be prepared to speak to your computer skills and experiences working with dental software.  Experience with dental programs like Dentrix is very attractive to employers.  In addition to specialized dental software, make sure you are prepared to speak to your other computer skills with software programs like microsoft office, excel, word, access etc.

When are you asked about your computer skills in your Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant job interview, a great way to answer is to follow a structured format.  The interview answering technique is to frame your answer in the following way:


“I have 5 years of experience with Dentrix with intermediate level skills.  I have experience ranging from entering dental transactions, generating ledger reports, updating patient files, treatment cases, to using the appointment book functions”

 Job Interview Answer Framework

  • Level of skill
  • Number of years of experience
  • Example of how you apply these skills

Suppose you are asked the following question:  “Describe your experience with Dental software”.

Here is an example of a great job interview answer:  “I have 5 years of experience with Dentrix with intermediate level skills.  I have experience entering transactions, generating ledger reports, updating patient files, treatment cases, to using the appointment book functions”.


Patient Care

Patient care is so important as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant.  Patients come in so nervous and often not looking forward to their treatment.  Dental offices knowing the importance of dental patient care load interview questions to assess how you ensure that deliver quality patient care.  Be prepared and have an example ready of when you had to provide dental care that was over and above what the patient was expecting.

Another great example is to describe a time when you had to handle an uncooperative patient.  When answering this job interview question, make sure you speak to your listening, communication and interpersonal skills.  For example, “The patient was not cooperative…so I responded by empathizing with their situation.  I told them I could understand how nervous they would be and how hard it was to understand the need to complete this dental procedure.  I then explained the need for this procedure so they could understand the reason for my request…”

Did you have to make any compromises when choosing your curriculum? How did you end up with the classes you wanted to take?

Tell me about your most important long-term goals.

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Bonus Questions

  • What information do you use to stay informed of what's going on in your organization? Tell me about a time when you used this information.
  • How do you monitor the status of orders that you've placed for materials or supplies? Give some examples.
  • Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation? Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person? Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do to make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

Daily Interview Tip

If you ask the interviewer interesting questions, you can engage the interviewer and open up the conversation. All employers want to hire someone who is not often absent from work. If asked about health or attendance, let the interviewer know that you do not have any health issues which will cause you to take a lot of sick days. You do not have to go into your health history for the interviewer. If you are not called at the specified time that an employer indicated they will call you, make a follow-up call.