A dental job interview is just like any other job interview. And we all know that one of the most important things you need to do before getting interviewed for any job is to prepare. Preparation is always the key to a successful interview, especially in the dental industry.
As you know, dental jobs are hard to come by, and the competition is fierce. That is why to keep up with this high level of competition; you need to prepare. Of course, you also have to make sure you possess all the skills to land you the job. It is crucial to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for the interview. This blog will provide a few tips to help with this.
Do your best to learn everything about the position.
Research is always the first step of the process when applying for any job. It’s good if you had already read the job posting carefully and checked their website when you applied for the job. However, it’s always a great idea to review and reread them carefully before going in for an interview. Not only will it make them see that you made an effort to do your research, but it can also help boost your confidence too.
In your research pre-interview, it’s essential to focus on three things — the practice, the personnel, and of course, your position. Re-evaluate whether or not their culture is something you’d enjoy. After which, you can browse other things about the clinic, such as what they do and the services that they currently offer.
Compile and prepare all the needed documents
After you’ve understood everything about the position, the next thing to do is prepare all the necessary documents you might need. That includes your cover letter, references, and most importantly, your resume. Look for dental job cover letter samples from the internet to give you an idea of how to start. Make sure you attach a copy of your resume with picture as well.
Prevent making your resume too cluttered with experiences that are not related to the job. Keep in mind to highlight only the skills and experiences that will be valuable for the specific role you are applying for. This will make your resume stand out more. With all your documents well prepared and well-written, you are now surely a step closer to nailing that interview.
Prepare for the interview questions (and your own questions)
Having well-prepared documents is essential. But your resume and other documents are only there to boost their impression on you. Ultimately, what you do, how you move, and what you say are what they will remember, especially when deciding. So, it’s imperative to practice how you will answer their questions. Search for common dental interview questions and practice constantly to keep you prepared and confident when the big day comes.
During your interview, be aware of your body language, maintain eye contact, sit up straight, and make sure you are actively listening to your interviewer. But aside from these things, it’s also important to take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about your job. A few that should be on top of your list are questions such as:
- Am I going to get paid as an employee or as an independent contractor?
- Do you cover any benefits?
- Will there be someone to mentor me and give me room for growth?
- What specific types of dentistry do you perform?
- May I know what the character of the practice is?
- How’s the patient load? How many on average do we see per day?
- How long does each procedure take?
- Will we be having a contract or written agreement?
Dress to impress, get there on time, and finish strongly
This is very much inclined with the first tip, doing your research. If you genuinely did thorough research, you should know what to wear in your dental job interview. Be sure to avoid low-cut tops or dresses, short skirts, rips, safety pins, and missing buttons. Check the clothes you have prepared and hang them the night before your interview.
Be sure to arrive five to ten minutes before the actual time of the interview. You don’t want to get there late and start your interview with a wrong impression. Smile, be confident, and do your best to leave a strong (in a good way) impression.
A job interview is an essential part of every company’s hiring process. It is their way to filter out candidates and know who is the right fit for their company. As an applicant, the interview is a step that is the most important and should not be skipped. Hopefully, this blog has given you plenty of insights and ideas to help you ace your coming dental job interview. If you follow all these steps by heart, you’ll surely get that job. Good luck!