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List of Dental Assistant Interview Questions
  1. What made you decide to be a dental assistant?
  2. What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?
  3. What is your most valuable attribute you will bring to our office?
  4. Are you CPR Certified? If not, why? And do you plan on getting your certification?
  5. Do you enjoy working with other people?
  6. How long do you see yourself at this office if hired?
  7. What dental knowledge do you possess? How did you come about this knowledge?
  8. How would you rate your listening skills?
  9. What was your best experience thus far as a dental assistant?
  10. What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
  11. Tell me about your last experience working with a dentist? How did you two get along?
  12. Where did you learn basic skills dealing with patients?
  13. What experiences do you have in a medical office?
  14. Have you ever not worked well with others?
  15. Are you CPR certified?
  16. What experience do you have?
  17. What is more important to you, money or work?
  18. What is your least favorite type of patient?
  19. If a patient complains I didn't properly care for them during the last appointment, how will you react?
  20. Where do you see your career in five years?
  21. Tell me some techniques you employ to keep an office organized?
  22. Do you pay attention to detail? Give me an example of a time when you caught yourself nitpicking something?
  23. Tell me about a time when you handled multiple tasks at once?
  24. What will you contribute to this office?
  25. What do you think you will dislike most about being a dental assistant?
  26. How many years or months experience do you have dealing with patients?
  27. In the past, how have you calmed down upset patients?
  28. What roles of leadership have you performed in your career so far?
  29. Do you speak any other languages?
  30. Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with?
  31. Tell me about yourself.
  32. How do you handle stress?
  33. What does teamwork mean to you?
  34. How would you rate your professional skills?
  35. Are you an outgoing individual?
  36. Tell me a little bit about yourself?
  37. How does this position, affect your career plans?
  38. Have you shadowed a dentist's office before?
  39. What is your favorite type of patient?
  40. If a patient complains they had to wait too long to see the doctor, what will you do the next time they visit?
  41. If a patient complains parking is too tough, how will you react?
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Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Dental Assistant Information
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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