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Top 10 Dental Assistant Interview Questions

Have you progressed in your dental career, as expected?
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Question 2 of 25
What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?
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"clean"
The interviewer wants to know if you are aware of the fundamental procedures you would have to perform as a dental assistant. Do your homework, beforehand! As cross-infection is possible in any dental surgery, so, a designated area or "clean" room is present for receiving, cleaning off debris, disinfecting, sterilizing and storing all sterile dental equipment. The manual way to clean the instruments is by scrubbing, using a chemical or detergent agent, rinsing very thoroughly with clean water, and avoiding any splashes. You could also mention that using automated equipment can prove more efficient as the instruments eliminate the need for soaking or scrubbing beforehand. This method also prevents the dental assistant from being exposed to contaminants. To reduce injury; gloves, face-masks, and gowns must be worn at all times. To impress the interviewer, you can always finish answering this question by saying that many organizations across America insist on long-handled brushes to keep the hands away from sharp instruments!
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"I was trained to manually sterilize dental equipment by the method of pre-soaking and scrubbing utensils using a chemical agent. I am also versed in the importance of proper protective equipment such as gloves, a face-mask, and a gown."
Experienced Example
"Sterilization methods have changed over the years so, for that reason, I am well versed in both manual and automated serialization. In my current position, I work in an office that uses a high tech automated system, which is what I prefer. Which method do you use in your office?"
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Question 3 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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"I am currently making $40,000 per year plus benefits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."
The compensation question can be tough to answer. It's always best to start with what you are currently earning and then discuss what your future compensation goals look like.
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"As I am new to my career and this industry, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role."
Experienced Example
"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $48K plus benefits. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."
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Question 4 of 25
What has been your best experience thus far, as a dental assistant?
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"A patient came into the surgery absolutely petrified to see the dentist and having the treatment done. I took their hand and stayed with them every second they were in the dentist's chair reassuring them it would be fine. The best part of this experience was when the patient walked out of the surgery, thanking me for making them feel so comfortable."
This question is assuming you have had previous experience working as a dental assistant before. If you have, tell them about your best experience, ensuring to showcase your attributes in care and compassion.
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"As I am new to my career as a dental assistant, I would say that the best experience so far has been my practicum with Clinic ABC. I was able to lean a great deal from the dentist and also the dental hygienists. Feeling so welcome and accepted in this industry has by far been my favorite experience."
Experienced Example
"Every day brings new opportunity for learning and helping new clients. Overall, I would say that my best experiences surround the times when a client is nervous about their procedure, and I can help calm their nerves. I am especially skilled in helping kids to feel comfortable."
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Question 5 of 25
What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
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Question 6 of 25
Tell me about your relationship with the last dentist you supported.
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Question 7 of 25
Are you CPR certified?
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Question 8 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 9 of 25
Where do you see your career in five years?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me some techniques you use to keep an office organized?
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Question 11 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 12 of 25
What will you contribute to this dental office?
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Question 13 of 25
Do you speak any other languages?
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Question 14 of 25
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 15 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 16 of 25
How do you handle stress?
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Question 17 of 25
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
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Question 18 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Question 19 of 25
If a patient complains they had to wait too long to see the doctor, what will you do?
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Question 20 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 21 of 25
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
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Question 22 of 25
How do you handle a situation where the dentist you are supporting does not correctly communicate information to you?
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Question 23 of 25
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 25 of 25
Which dental related software and programs have you worked with?
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Question 1 of 25
Have you progressed in your dental career, as expected?
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I think it is a interesting field to get into about how teeth work.
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Because I want to become a hygientist.
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I really enjoy working with other people and why not take care of others people teeth.
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I enjoy helping people and interact with patients.
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I really enjoyworking with others, I think it would be fun and a good job.
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I have worked at a dental office for 5 years and I have a lot of experience in that field.
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I always liked the medical field and I find teeth to be facinating and I enjoy giving people a reason to smile.
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People! I like to help in anyway I can.
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It was something I was interested in for a long time.
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The dental field is part of the healthcare field there for I'm very interested and would feel very proud to be apart of a dental team. I am a nurture which I feel is. Huge importance.
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Always had a passion for it.
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Interested in the field love helping people.
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Love working with people and enjoy seeing them smile.
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Because I love working with people.
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Helping other people to take of their teeth and mouth in general, help them to understand the importance of it.
Question 2 of 25
What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?
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Disinfect, ultrasonic, autoclave.
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Boil for 30minutes in hot water.
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Clean the instruments or rinse them off, then put them in a ultrasonic and then package and then put them in an autoclave.
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Transport, clean and sterlize.
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Transport the item, clean, package sterlize.
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Ultrasonic or disinfectate.
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Clean the instruments with scrubbing brush lightly and rinse them off, then put them in a ultrasonic and then package and then put them in an autoclave.
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A solution mixed with water into a ultra sonic for 8-10 minutes then bag them and put hen into the sterilizer.
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Ultrasonic is not a form of sterilization^^. Autoclave or cold sterile.
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Strength and weakness.
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Remove instruments, change gloves and spray or use sani wipes to sterilize equipment.
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I would assume proper sterilization instruments.
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I would rinse and clean instruments making sure their is no debree on them. Then I would put them inside of the Ultasonic for cleansing, afterwards I would stick them inside a sterilization package to put them inside autoclave.
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Clean the Instruments with disinfectant rinse them off, place them inside sterlization bag and then put them inside the autoclave.
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Rinse the instruments then ultrasonic then bag and autoclave.
Question 3 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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By putting effort in school.
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Dental assisting college.
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I know a lot about dental assistant, I have read up about this as it is a future career I would like to go in to.
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I gained all the necessary knowledge while attending dental school for 18mo.
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I possess the knowledge of knowing what to do as a Dental Assistant in which iv'e obtained by attending Dental Assisting school.
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I've obtained Dental Knowledge by attending Dental School for 18 months.
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Along with attending Career College, I go online and have obtained CE credits from dental courese.
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I posess quite basic knowledge. I am positive that through the relevant experience I shall be able to absorb even more!
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I am gaining all the necessary knowledge by attending the dental nurse course.
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I start having the knowledge through my dental nurse course.
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I am studying dental assistant course at the college.
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All the knowledge of learned from school and look forward to bring my skills and knowledge into a dental field.
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I dont posess much knowledge but my goal is to achieve as much knowledge and experience while working as a dental assistant as it will help as I go on to college.
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About different types of dental procedures. I laerned by reading Books and actual experiences.
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Only knowledge I have is what I learned from school.
Question 4 of 25
What has been your best experience thus far, as a dental assistant?
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List the qualities that you feel describe a dental professional ?
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I've had many great experiences thus far. My two best experiences would be any time I see a patient leave happy and promising a return. Also, when I perform a procedure to the best of my ability keeping the dr impressed with my work.
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When the dentist I worked with had enough trust on me and let me put the sutures on a patient.
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Been learning alot out of it.
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Being able to be detailed in my help to the dentist, being able to cover for someone when things don't go according to plan.
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Helping people that really need it.
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I love the fact that I get to help people and meet new peple everyday.
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I am a quick leaner and can take instruction very well.
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Listening, creating a safe, effective environment, teamwork.
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Making patientes fee safe and comfortable while them were receiving dental care.
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This will be my first time working as a dental assistant.
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Watching how smoothly a Dooctor handled a filling in a 3 year old.
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The satisfaction of the pt leaving happy after a painless procedure and the promise of their return.
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I love having kids come to the office and say they love the dentist, especially when they have had a lot of work done. It is nice to know it has been a pleasant experience for them so far and it will continue to be. Also, when a patient comes in and is really scared of the dentist but when they leave they have a smile of their face.
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My best experience as a da has been working with the dental students at uwo. You never knew what youd be doing that day and you got to see how each dentist and client is differnt.
Question 5 of 25
What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
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Well organized, communication skills, multi-tasker.
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Communication skill, well organized, team player.
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Patients, knowledge and speed.
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Knowledgeable, team player, well organized.
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Knowledge, attention to detail, customer service.
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Adaptability, detail oriented, patience.
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Anticipation, attention to detail, discretion.
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Team Player, personable, and confident.
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Great communication skills, organization, and patiences.
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-aware of there surroundings, with paitents and communicationg with otheres.
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Knowledge of tray-sets ups, taking x-rays and assisting the dentist.
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1. Being able to Mulit-task2. Personable3. Manual dexterity.
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Patients, attention to detail, and organization.
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Communications skilss, well organized and a team playerr.
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Three key traits: A desire to serve others inegrity, compassion and empathy.
Question 6 of 25
Tell me about your relationship with the last dentist you supported.
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It was good. We got along terribly.
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The last time I worked with a dentist is when I was in school. He made me nervious just cause he was kind of pushy and tried to confuse everyone a little bit, but other than that we got along well. He was a very funny man and told me how good I did when helping out.
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I learn a lot from him. I also gain a lot of experience.. And we got along great he is really understandable..
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This will be my first job sents graduating.
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We got along just fine I felt it was time to move on.
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We got along great. Chairside we worked great together.
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We had a great relationship chair side, I always had things ready before during or immediately when the pt walks in af, I learned alot and gained experience.
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It was great working with them I learned a lot.
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We had a good relationship and always did a great team during procedures.
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I always had things ready before treatment or immediately when the patient came in. So the treatment of the patient was going smoothly.
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Well, this will be my first job as I m new graduate. But during the co-op of 15 days at dental clinic, I had a great relationship with a dentist at chair side. I was always ready with my next instrument while assisting him.
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I did a 30 hour clinical for the course I took and enjoyed observing the dentist in his practice and assured him that I am eager to learn and do whatever it takes to be a great DA
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We got along great. I worked very hard to make sure procedures were together before he even entered the room. I also listen very carefully for the things he may have needed extra in the procedure.
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Ive never worked in a dental office before this will be my first time, I recently got out of school.
Question 7 of 25
Are you CPR certified?
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No but I would like to be.
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Why a Dental Assistant?
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No, not yet. I just got back from holidays and would really like to sign up for the course. I took the course through school and found it a great skill to have, because you never know what could happen and if you are there you may be able to help.
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Do you have any office/administrative experience?
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I am not currently, I have plans to get certified.
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I am CPR certified. Every year I make sure to renew my certification as it also helps me keep up with my ODAA points.
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Yes I have just renewed it.
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I am first aid and CPR certified.
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No, but I will be in a few weeks.
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Yeah I was cpr certified during school it was a cool class to take.
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Yes. I am CPR certified, along with my certification in X-rays.
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Yes, while in Dental Assisting school I was certified though HeartQuest LLC.
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Yes, Through HeartQuest LLC.
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Yes, through HeartQuest LLC.
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The best experience ive had is when I see a patient leave the office, satisfied, and just seeing that a treatment was successful.
Question 8 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Complete a complaint form, and find out what it was that made the patient dissatified . we would do all we could to fix the problem for next visit.
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I wouldn't have no problem about it.
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I would slap their mouth.
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Apoligize and ensure them that it wont happen again my job is to make sure they have a positive experience.
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Apologize to the patient, and ask what I can do better to make sure their next experience is a positive one.
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I wouldn't react in a negative way I would say is their anything I can do to better assure that you are satisfied within this visit.
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I would appologize and say sorry your feel that ways and ask them why they feel like they wernt taken care of properly.
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Tell them I was sorry. And try to do better. Treat the well with kindness.
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I would first apologize to the patient and then in a non jugemental way, ask for the dtails of why they were upset, and what could have been done better. When I had the opportunity, I would speak privately with the dentist (while the patient was still there), and tell them what the complain was. It is then up to the dentist to explain or aplogize again to the patient.
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I would listen without interupption and thank them for bring that to my attention. I would apologize for making them uncomfortable and for my behavior, and ask what I could do to make their experience better.
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Apoloize and make sure it doesnt happen again.
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I would listen to the pt and then thank them for bringing to my attention and apologize that they feel this way and let the pt know I will fix the problem to make them feel more comfortable.
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Apologize and ask them how/what I can do to do things better for them.
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The next time they came in I would take extra care and find out what the concerns were on their last visit.
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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.
Question 9 of 25
Where do you see your career in five years?
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I would like to see myself as the best dental assistant, with fast work.
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I see myself happily working as your lead dental asst., learning something new everyday and loving every part of my job. What makes this a great career is the fact that there is always a new product, a new medicine, or new regulations and I'm looking forward to it.
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I will myself as a lead assistant in the coming 5 years.I will keep on learning new things and grow with my experience.
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Is to become a dental hyience.
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I see myself growing more better professionally since I am an excellent learner and being an asst to the company. Defnitely eork for higher grades and certifications.
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Being succesful in my career and enjoying my life job wise and personally.
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Working full time as a team member. Learning new things to better myself for my position.
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I see myself as a happily, hard working expanded dental assistant. Learning new exciting things everyday, and growing as an employee and as a person loving the career I chose for myself.
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I see myself succeeding in the dental field to HIPPA. I want to spend the rest of my life helping others out with dental work knowing that I have had many dental procedures done in the past myself it makes me feel good to comfort others.
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I see myself working within a dental company where I can be myself, where enhancing my knowledge is not a problem, and where my co-workers are work friendly.
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In five years I see my myself working for a stable company enjoying and loveing what I do.
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I see my self going into other field.
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Working full time, persuing a degree in dental hygiene.
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Here in this office.
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I would hope to see my career growing in a practice that has lots to offer me as an assistant career wise.
Question 10 of 25
Tell me some techniques you use to keep an office organized?
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Always have it clean.
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Learning the alphabet for filing.
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Making sure that everyone is on the same page with how things are supposed to run.
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Filing, lableing, cleaning.
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I would try to keep an office organized by keeping a positvie and clean environment. I would always to to keep an in order steady work pace goin.
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Up keep of patient files and.
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Keeping a uplifting and positive attitude and use the teamwork technique. Always making sure everything is stocked and sterilized to make the day run smoothly.
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Keep a positive and clutter free environment. And making sure that everyone is on the same page with how things need to be run in the office.
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To keep an office organized by a clean and organized environment.
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By keeping the office in clean and organised enviroment.
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To keep an office organised I need to keep it in a clean and organised environment.
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Steady pace. Follow all safety guidelines and keep my head focused.
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I belive in a clean and positive attitude and having everyone on the same page definitely will help the office grow.
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Keeping a positive attitude with both clients and patients and also making sure everything is in stock.
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I am used in Putting things back to where there should be so that I twill be more easy to find the instruments, cements, and etc.
Question 11 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Yes I do pay attention to detail.No, Idonot do nitpicking.
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I have neevr done nitpicking.
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Surely detailing is very imp in dental job since you are in peoples mouyth and a slight irresponsibility can cause huge and grave consequences like pulling off the wrong teeth and so on.
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It's very important to be precise as a dental assistant. Every little thing down to tooth surfaces and shade can mean a great deal.
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Yes i'm very detail oriented. Especially for cleaning and discinfectin.
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When I am doing a job that has been asked of me, I strive to do it three times better than I would for myself. In my current job if she ask me to clean up the kitchen, then I would do everything from the counters, to the appliances, and the sink. I have been known to finds spots that I tend to harp on till they are removed.
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Yes, when I was manager for housekeeping I would inspect patient rooms to make sure they were clean and orderly.
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Being a dental assistant it is very important to have attention to detail. I wouldn't call it nitpicking but rather being professional.
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I always pay attention to detail. When I would open the store at culvers I always made sure that every nook and cranny was done correctly. I dont skip steps.
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Yes I am very detail oriented. Like, when I was working within a previouse job I was always told to keep my are clean. So what I would do was wipe down all cabinets with disinfectant make sure everything was in order, make sure all instruments were autoclaved and put in its original spot. I would also make sure the oplatory was set properly making sure their was nothing missing or out of order. Overall making sure the setting was perfect.
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When the instruments were not sterilized enough.
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While I find my self very focused on how I clean each opertory, I double check for any blood debry and anything else left in the room after each pursedure.
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I tyr to keep as organized as I can, the thing I nitpik the most with, is keeping all the cabinet and cupboards clean and orgainzed.
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Yes, alot. I am alwys looking at ways to improve service for clients. As I say " perfect practice makes perfect"
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I am very detail oriented. Especially in cleaning and sterilisation.
Question 12 of 25
What will you contribute to this dental office?
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I think i'll be an asset for this office just to make it grow.
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My maximum effort and positive attitude.
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Good teamwork and motivated to sucessed in everything I do.
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I will contribute the feeling of being energetic, alive, and enthusiastic.
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I will give my best into making it a better enviornment.
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I belive and have been tolld that I would be a great contribute to any office.I add a positive vibe to the officeI love to work with people and keep things runnign smoothI am a great team playeri learn fastI work hardalwas on time.
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U will contribute team effort and responsibility.
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Team work and motivation.
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My organization skills, and my desire to be apart of a great team with the ultimate goal of providing exceptional dental care.
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Great, if not good teamwork and motivation to succeed in everything I do.
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I can handle stress very well, as I stay calm as I can and I can multitask.
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I handle stress very well, as I stay as calm as I can and I can multitask.
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My knowledge and my patience to all my co workers and patients.
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I will bring my 110% into this office every day. We work as a team and work towards the same goal is by satisfactory from our patients and completing every task without any mistakes.
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My 8 years of experience in this field which includes pts coorination dental skills confidence dependibilty multitasking.
Question 13 of 25
Do you speak any other languages?
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Yes english and spanish.
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Ispeak fluently in bengali apart from english.
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I am bi-lingual I speak english fluently (speak, read, and write) and I speak portuguese fluently (speak, read, and write)
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I do speak spanish and english.
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No other languages. Just english.
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I only speak the English language, but I always keep an open mind in learning new languages.
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No I'm sorry I do not but am willing to learn.
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At the moment I only speak english I hope to learn spanish one day.
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Yes I speak Spanish.
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Aside from english, I also speak french. I took two french courses during my last years of school and later on moved to a french city.
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Not at the moment, however, I will be taking a class in American Sign Language in the fall when school starts up.
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Yes.. Hindi is the other language I speak.. Its an indian language.
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I speak a little bit of french. I went to school for it.
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I have some experience in speaking Spanish, but I am not fluent.
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Not fluently. I took two years of American Sigh Language and two years of Spanish in high school. I don't remember too much though.
Question 14 of 25
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Honesty, trustworthy, inner strength , team work. Cooperation.
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They comfort the patient through emotional and anxiety.
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I was a route manager for a year at molly maid and I also have been a team trainer currently. I internshiped at a hotel under the direction of the general manger.
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I have been in managment and I have also been a trainer.
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Team work and responsibility. Being able to work as a company and taking accountabilty as an individual and as team.
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I take leadership by being coorperative, helpfull, and playing my part as far as team work.
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I was a shift manager at one time which came with a lot of responsibility.
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I have been a lead assistant, trained other staff members.
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I currently have had the oportunity to be the head RDA and I have also done all the office ordering, in addition to handling all the sales representative, repairmen, office referrals and Lab appliances.
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I have had responsibilities as superisor office manager and financial manager.
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I have been a lead in many situations in my previous work experience at my sale associate position. Keeping a level of organization amongst my cashier teams and towards out ultimate sales goal as a whole.
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I believe it is important to be trustworthy, respectful, honest and be a team player. Demonstrating these skills would allow others to potentially follow the same direction and work towards the same goal as a practice.
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Honest, trustworthy, inner strength and team work.
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I have no experience in leadership in this career but I was an ambasador for 5 months before I switched all my credits to a different school. I took pride in helping my classmates. Introducing new students to our technology and helping them on the first day of school with the supplies they needed.
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I have been a assistant dentist and an dentist at some point of life I know the importance of teamwork trust dependability and responsibility to get the office running smoothly.
Question 15 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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I am 19 years old, I am an out going person who likes to help others. I appreciate work, and consider every opportunity a blessing.
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Rmy name is stephanie rosales im 17 years old. I wanna become a hygientist I am a really hardworking woman really mature and, nice.
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A little bit about myself would be I enjoy beiong in the dental field, I raise and show cattle, and in hgih school was highly involved in the FFA doing a lot of speech competitions.
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I went to to everest for dental assistant before that I worked for customer service for about 3 yrs.
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I am fun, motivated dental assistant.
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I am outgoing, funny and a great cook. I work well with others and I have an associate degree in business.
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I have a certain level of maturity brought by working through life experiences. Empathy and interest in people balanced with a respect for order and procedure motivate me in the workplace. I have a great deal of experience working with challenging clients, mediating acceptable resolutions while working for the Telephone Company. Not all clients were challenging, I preferred to take the time to listen and explain step by step our response.
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Well I am a hard working and self motivated individual, I enjoy working with people and caring for them. I have been a dental assitant for over 2 years. In my spare time I enjoy working in my nieghborhood church and in he commuinty.
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I love working with people, I enjoy having the opportunity to be part of a team which educates the public on there homecare and help them better their smiles.
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What does team work mean to you?
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Within dentistry field I have very little experience but I have a great intention to the position and gain experience to the best of my ability.
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Within the dentistry field I have a little experience or knowledge but I have a great intention to take the position and gain experience to the best of my ability.
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I am outgoing person, I like meshing with different type of people. I appreciated work and consider every opportunity a blessing.
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I am 22 ive a 22 month old son who I dearly love I have a great interest in the dental field I am a nice caring and conciderate person by nature.
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I am Kinjal 25 years old. I completed my dental assisting from fanshawe college. I speak english, hindi, gujarati. I am self motivated, multi-tasker who enjoy working in a team.
Question 16 of 25
How do you handle stress?
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Very well, I stay as calm as I can and I can multitask.
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I handle stress very well. The medical field can be a bit stressful but as long as you stay calm and focus your job wont be as stressful.
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I handle my stress very well. I defiantly do not show it in a work environment because then it might stress other co workers. I simply go for walks or mediate.
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I handle stress very well, I always remain calm and try my hardest to solve whatever the problem is.
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I like to work in a challenging environment and I give better results while working under pressure. I enjoy challenges because I defuse the stress.
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I handle my stress very well. The trick is to keep calm, figure out the problem(s), get organized and keep communication open and work through it.
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I handle stress by not getting worked up or bent out of shape when a problem arrives. I find a positive solution and take care of the problem.
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I handle stress by not thinking of the negative over and over. I try to find the solution to make the problem better.
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I calmly assess the situation and deal with situations as they come along.
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I never being stress to work so I don't think I would have stree in I have a positive mind all the time.
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How would you achieve job success.
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I handle stress by not stressing. I always have a calm manner when going through a stressful situation. It helps me thinkalot better and not make rational choices.
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I handle stress very well as I stay as calm as I can and I can multitask.
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I handle stress very well as I stay as calm as I can, and multitask.
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Stress is my forte! I would either sleep eat or read a book and under no circumstance I take it out on anyone else.
Question 17 of 25
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
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It is working hand in hand with a team. Collaborating by working together with everybody who is part of the team.
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When we work together and help each other.
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Team work to me means a team that meshed well with one another, they work well together and wehn someone gives you advice you take it as a compliment and say thank you.
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It is helping each other and working towards the same goal.
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Its mean being there for one another and respecting eachother.
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Teamwork, for me, plays a big role in whatever I do. Working together to produce great results gives a great positive outlook to clients who come in and it makes them feel comfortable.
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In a dental office team work is like the heart of the office without coodination andteam work nothing can be acheived.
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When everyone works together and helps each other out when its needed. Like when one person is done with a patient but needs the room clean, the other person will go over there and help clean so they can move on to the next patient.
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Working well in a team with your colleages, getting along with them at all times and helping eachother out when it is needed.
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It means together we accomplish more!
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Without team work nothing can be achieved.
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It means helping one another and working towards the same goal.
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Anticipating eachothers needs.
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Team work is when everyone works together makes sure that the dentist priorites are met?
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What do you perceive as good costumer service?
Question 18 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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No but one time I saw a shadow that looked sorta like a dentist.
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Yes, For my co-op in school. Anytime I wasnt assisting, I was in the room watching, trying to soak it all in.
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Yes, I have shadowed all sorts of dental offices, also I have interned here in Oklahoma, and in California.
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I have never shadowed a dentist office before.
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Yes I have externed in a high paced patient oriented evniornment, which allowed me to fully apply all my skills.
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Yes I have a number of them and soaked up as much as I could.
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Ive shadowed a dentists office when I attended my extern at Baylor Colledge of Dentistry. Mainly so that I could try to soak up any Information that I could.
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I haven't, though I have had practice in a dental office through dental carreers.
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Yes to check what it is like been in dental clinic.
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Yes, thinking looking at the dental nurse that will be me one day.
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Almost never during my trying I was working chair side with my doctor the most of the time. And ever time I finish my work early I will go seeking to work in other area to expand my knowledge.
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Yes during my internship and it was a good experience.
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No, I havent but I had an internship for 6 months.
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Yes I did certainly. I did to see what is look like a dental office.
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Yes, during my co-op whenever I had free time observed the office.
Question 19 of 25
If a patient complains they had to wait too long to see the doctor, what will you do?
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I would make sure the next time they will not have to wait they will be seen right away.
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Make sure that they get in as soon as we can get them in.
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I'll give patients an advice to book an appointment earlier in the morning, then they would not wait so long.
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I would make sure they get seen on time for there next visit.
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I will make sure that I assure them the doctor would be with them shortly. Explain them why there appointment is running late.
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I would try to reassure them that their visit here with us is very important to our office and the doctor will be with them very shortly.
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Explain to them that the doctor is busy helping someone else and will get to them as soon as possible.
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Be sure to bring that pt to the back as soon as possible.
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If the patient bring up that they had to wait to long! I would appologize and explain to them the docter does the best they can to stay on time sorry for the inconvieence.
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Try my best to make sure they are seen.
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I would quickly apologize that the pt waited too long and I will keep in my memory bank to make sure the pt does not have to wait.
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I would ensure they get seen to the next time. Alternatively ( better option) to to provide the patient with an earlier booking.
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I will make sure they get seen on time the next visit.
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I will make sure that they get seen on time on the next visit.
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I apologise and make sure their next time visit, they see the doctor right away.
Question 20 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
Question 21 of 25
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
Question 22 of 25
How do you handle a situation where the dentist you are supporting does not correctly communicate information to you?
Question 23 of 25
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
Question 25 of 25
Which dental related software and programs have you worked with?

About Dental Assistant

May 14th, 2017

Dental Assistants assist the dentist to provide more efficient dental treatment. Dental Assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Your duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where you work. A few duties you may have as a Dental Assistants is to prep the patient for treament, sterilize instruments, pass instruments during the procedure, hold a suction device during a procedure, exposing dental radiographs, take impressions and fabricate provisional crowns. You serve as the Dentists extra set of hands so the Dentist can focus more time on the procedure.

As a Dental Assistant you are detail oriented. You follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures when helping dentists treat patients. Dental assistants must be good at working with their hands. You generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, using very precise tools and instruments. As a Dental Assistant you must work closely with dentists and patients. Sometimes, patients are in extreme pain and mental stress, so the assistant should be sensitive to their emotions. Dental assistants should be able to listen to patients and other healthcare workers. You follow directions from a dentist or dental hygienist, so they can help treat patients and do tasks, such as taking an x ray. As a Dental Assistant have excellent organizational skills. Keeping the correct tools in place for a dentist or dental hygienist to use when treating a patient is very important during the procedure.

To prepare for your interview we recommend you bring a letter of recommendation from the dentist you work for. Having a colleague speak highly of you and recommend you will help during the interview. If you are licensed, registered, or certified bring a copy of the documentation. If you are certified to perform expanded duties such as coronal polishing be sure to mention this during your interview- this could make you stand apart from the rest of the candidates.

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