Once you’ve received your degree from Dental Hygienist School, it is time to look for a job. Having good grades and attending a top dental school is not enough to help you land a job. To find a job as a dental hygienist, the panel interviewing you would be testing as an all-round individual. The interview process could be a bit overwhelming, so the following are some of the most common questions that would help you prepare better.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions across all interviews irrespective of the field. The question regarding your weakness should be given as much importance as the question about your strengths. You could pick a weakness and then try and spin it around in a way that it comes across as your strength too. For example, you could say that you put a lot of emphasis on details and then go on to talk about how it can help with the practice. Try and avoid talking about a weakness which could potentially impact your ability to do the job.
When you talk about your weakness, you come across as an honest person. Make sure that you take more time to answer the question about your strengths.
- Describe any difficult situation that you have faced and how you handled it?
This question is asked to try to see how you handle frustration. While describing the situation, the focus should be on the dental field like dealing with a difficult client and highlight how you practice restraint.
- Are you a team player?
Try to demonstrate that you perfectly balance working well individually as well as in a team. It is crucial to keep the best interests of the practice and your colleagues in mind, but you are also an independent thinker who can work with minimal supervision and come up with creative solutions.
- How would you describe yourself?
The interview is trying to determine how you think about yourself and this is the perfect opportunity to highlight all your positive aspects like patience, empathy, attention to the details and honesty. Make sure that your responses are upbeat and interesting.
- Why work for us?
Research about the practice before the interview will help you to highlight the specifics and how would be best suited for the job.
- Would you be comfortable with educating patients about dental home care?
This is the perfect opportunity for you to show off your grasp of all that you have learned at the school and your ability to bond with patients. Build upon how you would perfectly give personalized at-home dental care advice.
- What questions do you have for us?
Apart from asking questions about benefits that you expect, take this moment to start a dialogue and follow up on previously asked questions.