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…”

When have you inspired someone to work hard to do a better job? How did you do that?

When do you usually complete your reports and paperwork? When do you have time to do this? Give examples.

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Bonus Questions


  • Describe a personnel-related problem that you needed to solve. How did you solve it? Why did you choose that approach?
  • What do you expect from a supervisor?
  • Tell me about a team member from whom it was tough to gain cooperation. How did you handle this sensitive situation?

Daily Interview Tip

Be prepared to tackle competency-based interview questions: Most employers are looking for applicants to demonstrate a specific set of skills and competencies which they believe are essential to the job role, for example team work, communication, problem solving and time management. If you can show that you understand a particular market that the employer is in you will increase your chance of a job offer. Come to a job interview with examples and situations that demonstrate your abilities or strengths (for example, a time you demonstrated good judgment, initiative, responsibility, or communication skills).