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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
  • References
  • Review common interview questions for dentists

Common Interview Questions For Dentists

Education background
  • How would you describe your educational experience?
  • Are you happy with your performance?
  • What would you change about your academic experience?
Personality traits
  • 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?
Dental experience
  • 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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