Dental Hygienist Sample Job Interview Questions

A Dental Hygienist are responsible to maintain patient comfort and be sensitive to patient’s real or imagined fear of being alone in the treatment room. Often these individuals perform quality dentistry and maintain the highest standards of care because patient care is what really separates you from the other applicants. Employers look for candidates who keep abreast of the research based dental services, materials, and high tech equipment. Come to you interview prepared to show an employer what you have done to keep learning in your field.

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Here are sample Dental Hygienist job interview questions designed specifically for the Dental Hygienist career field.

Provide an example of when you had to combine efficiency, productivity, and caring for patients in your routine.

What do you do to make sure you deliver treatment and care to patients with a kind and relationship building manner?

Describe your expertise with dentrix practice management.

What is the key to a great dental implant experience for a patient?

Tell me about one of the toughest groups from which you had to get cooperation in a meeting. Did you have formal authority as a Dental Hygienist ? What did you do?

Have you written any memorable letters to customers asking for an appointment or promoting a product? Tell me about one of these letters.

Suppose a patient is very distracted and not paying attention to instruction. How do you focus conversations with patients on the patient or dentistry?

What skills or qualities are important for dealing effectively with customers? Give an example of when you displayed these skills or qualities as a Dental Hygienist .

How do you maintain an outgoing, friendly attitude with patients and team members at all times even when you have had a tough day? Give an example.

Part of the job is to maintain a clean and uncluttered environment in the work area. Tell me how you stay motivated on such tasks?

What courses have you taken to keep abreast of research based products, services, and treatments for periodontal procedures?

What do you consider to be your most important accomplishment and why?

Jobs differ in the amount of filing required. Tell me about a time when you were satisfied/ dissatisfied by the filing you did. Why? What type of filing was this? Which classes did you like best? Why? Give examples.

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Bonus Questions


  • What steps did you take to make the sale? Tell me exactly what you said to convince them.
  • How could you tell when things were going well at your previous employment? Give me the most memorable example of how you knew things were going well with the details in a process, function, operation, or activity.
  • Describe a (recent) situation on your last job that you did not handle as well as you might have.

Daily Interview Tip

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: Ask a hundred recruiters what disappoints them most about the people they interview and I can safely predict the top answer - lack of knowledge of their organisation. And for lack of knowledge, they read lack of interest. If you had a previous health problem that interfered with your work in the past, but is no longer a problem, do not volunteer this information. It no longer affects your work, therefore the employer does not have to know. It's a little harder to engage the interviewer in a two-way conversation if she has a schedule of questions and a row of tick boxes.