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Dental Assistant Interview Questions
1. What made you decide to be a dental assistant?
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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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Spray wipe spray disinfectant the surfaces.
 
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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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Cold sterile and autoclave.
 
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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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First you remove all debris and bio-burden off the equipment using a disinfectant wipe, and then you place autoclavable instruments in a sterilization pouch, and place in autoclave for a 15 to 30 minute cycle.
 
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What is your most valuable attribute you will bring to our office?
 
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I am a very helpful person. I love helping in any way that I can, whether that is mopping the floors, making phone calls, or assisting the dentists.
 
2.
I like to interact with people and make sure they feel comfortable and get to know a little about the paitents.
 
3.
Sincerity and dedication in work.
 
4.
My most valuable attribute are my skills, honesty, organized person.
 
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Positive and friendly attitude.
 
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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.
 
2.
Yes, I am certified through American Heart Assosiation. I am also certified to use a AED.
 
3.
Yes I am a CPR/BLS certified.
 
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I have always been in the past but right now it is out of date.
 
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I am CPR certified. I renew my certification every year.
 
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Do you enjoy working with other people?
 
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Love it Always been team orientated SLSC etc.
 
2.
I love working with other people and getting to know them both professionally and personally.
 
3.
I love working with others and making new friends.
 
4.
Guess my personality thrives on that I love communicating With others.
 
5.
Yes of course. I love team work.
 
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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.
 
2.
As long as yall want to keep me.
 
3.
I plan to establish at a career at your office, and hopefully work until retirement.
 
4.
As long as I gain my license in dental hygiene.
 
5.
I would love to be here long-term. I don't foresee any moves in the near future so I would say atleast five years.
 
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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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I feel I have an above average amount of dental knowledge... It started with dentl assisting school and then after I worked for a fabulous dentist whom was alwasy giving background info on dental related things. From there I have alwasy been inquisitibe and asked questions cause I want to know the answer to it. it helps me understand and in returen I am able to communicate with patients also.
 
4.
Sound, ive almost completed half of the certificate 3 in dental assisting.
 
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I dental knowledge is radiology, infection control, and chairside assistant. I obtain this knowledge through my instructors at Miller Motte Technical College.
 
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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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Very good! About a 9 I love to listen!
 
4.
I would say there quite proficient.
 
5.
Very high. I always pay attention to detail.
 
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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.
 
2.
I just graduated from college and this will be my first experience working at a dental office.
 
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Getting to learn so much about the teeth and how to take good care of them.
 
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My best experience was watching the faces of the patient when they got their braces taken off after such a long time. And they can't stop smiling.
 
5.
Hands on experience and interaction with patients and also learning new things everyday.
 
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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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Communication, good attitude, and energetic.
 
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Good character, willing to learn, and fat.
 
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Honest communication, sense of humor, a desire to serve others.
 
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Time management, reliable and a team worker.
 
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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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I always try to fit in my jobs, being friendly, with sense of humor, and hard worker,
 
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I believe the last Doctor I worked for was amazing. We got along very well. I had his procedures memorized and knew what he wanted and needed before the next step.
 
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We got along great and worked very well and efficiently together.
 
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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.
 
3.
I have a lot of experience with customer service and dealing with others personally. I would like to think I am a people person.
 
4.
Courses I have taken throughout the years.
 
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I have learned from watching the more experienced staff members around me. Learning what the dentist would say.
 
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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.
 
2.
I have worked in the dental field for 13 years.
 
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My last postions was a sterile tech so my main focus was keeping everything sterilized and keeping the dental office safe.
 
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I have worked in an orthodontic office as an assistant for 2 years, and now I am in a general practice and orthodontic office as an assistant. I have been at my current office for 2 years. I am experienced with ortho, restorations amalgam and composit, crown and bridge, temporaries, oral surgery, dentures and partial adjustments, impressions, prophy, and sterilization.
 
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Just the 96 hrs of field placement.
 
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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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No really, I am very laid back and easygoing.
 
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Yes, when other team members slack off and make my job harder than it needs to be.
 
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No I do not recall a time where working with others was an issue.
 
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Are you CPR certified?
 
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Yes, I am CPR certified. I will be certified for the next 2 years.
 
2.
No because none of my jobs in the past I've required me to be.
 
3.
Yes but I need to update it.
 
4.
No. But I have always wanted to be because I've babysat my whole life, and I've always thought of doing it to make the parents more comfortable.
 
5.
Not at this time but could easily get recertified.
 
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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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I have worked with a general dentist performing all the dental assistant needs and also along side an oral surgeon.
 
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I have worked in a couple of dental offices and I can do chair side and front office as well as some lab work.
 
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I have experiecnce working with a wide range of people.
 
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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.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
I believe that money is important but it is only one piece of the package. It is important for me to enjoy what I am doing, to fit into the company, and feel that I am doing a genuine contribution.
 
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The patients are what are important they should always feel comfortable and satisfied with the work that is being done and also help the to maintain a healthy mouth.
 
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Both. I need work to have something to do and also to bput food on the table and I need money to buy the things I need in life like petrol.
 
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18 of 25
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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My least favorite type of patient are kids because they can't sustain the pain like an adult.
 
4.
I am not sure what you mean by this can you elaborate.
 
5.
I do not have a least favorite I believe in treating patients just as I would anyone else.
 
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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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I would ask what are the concerns the patient is having and I would ask if there was anything I can do for them and reassure them that I am taking a the necessary steps to treat them the best way I can.
 
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I give a sincere apology and try to give a better care in their next appointment.
 
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Ask questions to discover why they feel that way.
 
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20 of 25
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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I see myself trying to advance my career in dentistry.
 
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In 5 years I am comfortable assisting the doctor just like any other day... I do see monetary improvments in 5 years cause I know I can benefit the office in 5 years, sometimes I think I would like to be an office manager and help work hand in hand with the doctor to better the practice on another level, but I enjoy the assisting side of it so much it would be a change I would really have to think about.
 
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Above and beyond any other career, the dental health career has flourished in the past years and seems to be one of the leading careers in the health field.
 
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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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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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I offer assistance to other hygienists to keep the flow of patients running smoothly and monitor the scheduler.
 
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I believe the last Doctor I worked for was amazing. We got along very well. I had his procedures memorized and knew what he wanted and needed before the next step.
 
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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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Yes I am very detailed oriented, I always make sure everything is done correctly and nothing is out of place.
 
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Yes, I pay attention to detail. I find myself nitpicking temporary crowns I am constantly making sure they are perfect.
 
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I do pay attention to detail and some situations would be with cleaning and maintanence... We used to have our own roosm and even though they were basically set up the same we were responsibile for stalking and cleaning our room.. I would be nitpicky when going into the other assistants room to work and it kwasnt organized as mine was.... She was a great assistant but it drove me crazy when I had to work in her clutter.
 
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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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I made sure I did the task that took the least amount of time first and in the order of importance. I made sure I worked quickly but accurately.
 
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The receptionist called to be off and I had to run front office and be the assistant for the day.
 
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Many times at work there is multiple things that need done such as: having multiple patients checked in.. I assist as many as I can being able to still focus on each individual themselves, preparing for any procedure next that need done, and doing all computer software updating on patient.
 
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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.
 
3.
My enthusiam and professional manner with brighten anyones day.
 
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I will contribute a smooth running office, another helper to turn to for help, a quick reacting employee and efficient work.
 
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A reliable team player that is easy to talk to and thrives under constructive critisism.
 
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25 of 25
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.
 
2.
I am not sure to be honest.
 
3.
I dislike when I try to offfer oral hygiene instruction and the client refuses to even try. At least ive told them though if one day they decide to change their mind.
 
4.
I do not think I have anything that I dislike about dental assisting. I love the job.
 
5.
Proberly getting spit on me.
 
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