Interviewing is a skill but luckily it does not have to be inherent, it can be learned. The following are some guidelines to help you answer common interview questions for dentists, along with a few other helpful hints to help you get the position.
Preparing For The Interview
- Prepare documentation to highlight your studies and experience
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Description of previous cases
- List of practiced procedures
- Letters of recommendation
- Questions you may want to ask the interviewer
- Copies of dental credentials and certifications
- Review common interview questions for dentists
Common Interview Questions For Dentists
- How would you describe your educational experience?
- Are you happy with your performance?
- What would you change about your academic experience?
- How would you describe yourself as an employee?
- What type of personality types do you work best with?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would go about correcting your weaknesses?
- How would your co-workers describe you?
- How would your friends describe you?
- What type of people do you like? Or dislike?
- Do you enjoy helping people? Why?
- Do you consider yourself creative?
Big picture dental philosophy
- What would you say is your dental philosophy?
- Once you knew you were interested in healthcare, why did you choose dental and not medical or veterinarian?
- What do you like most about dentistry? Least?
- What do you think you can contribute to the dentistry profession?
- What is your philosophy on how oral health relates to overall body health?
- Do you think you’ll still be interested in dentistry in ten years? Why?
- What experience do you have in a dental office?
- Why are you looking for a new job? (if you’re leaving one)
- How would you describe your knowledge of current technology and procedures?
- What have you done in the last year to improve your knowledge?
- How would you handle an unhappy or uncomfortable patient?
- What experience do you have with the business and administrative side of running a dental practice?
Future and other interests
- What are your goals as they relate to dentistry?
- Would you be interested in buying-in to this practice or owning your own practice in the future?
- Describe your volunteer or community service activities.
- What non-dental organizations did/do you belong to?
- What personal goals do you have for you or your family?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
General Guidelines For Answering Interview Questions
- Use examples – The best way deliver an answer that will impress your interviewer is by backing it up with real-life examples.
- Quote people who know you – If a co-worker once said, “You are the hardest worker I know,” use that statement in an answer.
- Be clear – Organize your answers so they are easy to follow.
- Be yourself – Employers want to know the real you to make sure you can work well together.
- Be honest – The last think you want is an employer to find out that they were lied to. They will respect your honesty.
- Be excited and enthusiastic – You will likely work daily with the people you meet during the interview, so show them that it will be a rewarding experience.
- Show interest – Show the interviewer that you are serious about this job.
- Show respect – Anyone you meet during the interview may have an impact on whether or not you get the job.
- Be curious – The more you know about the job, the better you will be able to determine if you would be happy there.
Questions You May Want to Ask the Interviewer
- What is this practice’s dental philosophy?
- What types of patients do you treat?
- What are the most common types of treatments you administer?
- What kind of technology do you use?
- How is your practice changing? Is it growing?
- Do you actively market or depend on referrals?
- What are your goals for the practice?
- What role would I play in this practice?
- What would your goals be for me?
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