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Top 25 Dental Assistant Interview Questions
1. What made you decide to be a dental assistant?
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Dental Assistant
February 27th, 2014

Dental assistants assist the dental operator (dentist or other treating dental auxiliary) provide more efficient dental treatment, by preparing the patient for treament, sterilizing instruments, passing instruments during the procedure, holding a suction device, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions, and fabricating provisional crowns. Dental operators can focus more time on the procedure, the dental assistant then effectively becomes the operator's extra hands.
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Dental Assistant Interview Questions
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What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?
 
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I first wash the instruments with soap and a brush, then place them in the ultrasonic, dry them in the heater, then bag and place them in the sterilizer.
 
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At first scrubbing equipment, wipe instrument and pack them, then ultra sonic bath last send them autoclave. After that scan the bar code and keep them the right place.
 
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What is your most valuable attribute you will bring to our office?
 
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Efficiently and willingness to learn.
 
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My most valuable attribute would be dedication and loyalty to an employer who treats me with respect in a professional manner.
 
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Are you CPR Certified? If not, why? And do you plan on getting your certification?
 
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I have always been in the past not currently but I can easily get a certification.
 
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I have always been in the past but right now it is out of date.
 
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Do you enjoy working with other people?
 
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Love it Always been team orientated SLSC etc.
 
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Yes. I like to work with others that share the same passion as I do.
 
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How long do you see yourself at this office if hired?
 
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Depends how well I fit in.
 
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As long as yall want to keep me.
 
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What dental knowledge do you possess? How did you come about this knowledge?
 
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I attended a nine month dental course.
 
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I am a dentist in my country.
 
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How would you rate your listening skills?
 
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On a scale from 1- 10, I would rate my listening skills an 8. I would ask whomever is speaking to me is it okay if they can repeat their statement.
 
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With 10 being the highest a 10
 
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What was your best experience thus far as a dental assistant?
 
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Seeing patients that come into the practice who are not happy about there dental health, and our team being able to make suggestions so they can improve their oral health.
 
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I just graduated from college and this will be my first experience working at a dental office.
 
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What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
 
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Listening skills, friendly and hard worker.
 
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Good character, willing to learn, and fat.
 
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Tell me about your last experience working with a dentist? How did you two get along?
 
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I have not worked with a dentist yet.
 
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There was more than one doctor and for the most part it was easy to communicate.
 
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Where did you learn basic skills dealing with patients?
 
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From the dental assistanting class.
 
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In my practice, also studied online information. I was trained by a co worker who was also a dental assistant.
 
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What experiences do you have in a medical office?
 
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I have no experience in a medical office, but that is something I hope to change.
 
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I have worked in the dental field for 13 years.
 
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Have you ever not worked well with others?
 
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No. I always get along with everyone.
 
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No, I try my best to get along with others to make work less stressful.
 
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Are you CPR certified?
 
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No because none of my jobs in the past I've required me to be.
 
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Yes but I need to update it.
 
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What experience do you have?
 
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300 chair side assisting.
 
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I have 120 hrs and the willingness to learn.
 
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What is more important to you, money or work?
 
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I would say they are equivalent important because without work there is no money. So with that being said I give my 100% to earn my money by working hard at work.
 
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Work is more important to me, because I feel that if you are working you have a better chance of being successful rather than relying on money all your life.
 
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What is your least favorite type of patient?
 
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None, I see all my patients equally.
 
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I don't consider having a least favorite type of patient, everyone is different and you have to work with anyone even if they give you a hard time.
 
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If a patient complains I didn't properly care for them during the last appointment, how will you react?
 
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Depending on how angry they were, I may have to take them into a private consulting room and listen to their problem. I would apologise and reassure that the next time if they preferred, they could have someone else to assist or if my apology was enough, I would ensure that I ould care for them a whole lot more next time.
 
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I would ask the patient why they felt that way. Then assure them that you had done everything need to help them. Then ask the patient what I can do to make their experience at our office better.
 
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Where do you see your career in five years?
 
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I see myself as a successful registered dental assistant working with a team of dental professionals who share my strong passion for the dental field.
 
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I see myself as an assistant and dental instructor.
 
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Tell me some techniques you employ to keep an office organized?
 
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I was in charge of inventory and ordering and keeping a budget for all supplies.. I was able to create a pattern of when items were needed so it was something that was prepared for when the cost came up... I frequently inventoried as I was working to notice things needing updating or ordering and I started a order system that worked very well.. Doc always stated that he never ran out of anything cause I was able to anticipate what would be needed in the future and make sure it was on hand.
 
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I like to stay ahead of the game and prepare for procedures ahead of time if time allows, and I like to make sure my charting is done in the beginning so all that is needed after the procedure is finishing my note.
 
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Do you pay attention to detail? Give me an example of a time when you caught yourself nitpicking something?
 
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Yes, I often have noticed that I like to try and have everything needed at the chair side to be ready and feel I tend to beat myself up if not completely prepared.
 
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I was polishing a clients teeth and was having a hard time getting the distals of the molars. There were a couple tiny pieces I couldnt seem to get, even with the floss. So I went in with a sulca brush and that seemed to do the trick. I couldnt stop until it was perfect.
 
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Tell me about a time when you handled multiple tasks at once?
 
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I wanted to go for a run but I had to study, so I made cue cards and studied them while on the treadmill.
 
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When I was studying for my master. I was a mother of a 2 years old, full time worker, full time student, and a wife.
 
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What will you contribute to this office?
 
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I am a good team member and very reliable.
 
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I will contribute efficiency and team player mindset.
 
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What do you think you will dislike most about being a dental assistant?
 
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Charting until I feel comfortable and knowing I am documenting correctly.
 
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I am not sure to be honest.
 
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