Dental Hygienist Mock Interview

Travis King, general dentist and educator, shares 25 dental hygienist interview questions based on his hiring experience.

Dental Hygienist was updated by on March 13th, 2024. Learn more here.

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Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing or string flossing?

"For my patients that have recession or a more advanced stage of periodontitis, I recommend water flossing. Food debris can easily get stuck in the larger embrasures on these patients, and the water flosser can help to clean these areas."

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25 Dental Hygienist Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing or string flossing?

  • 2. What is your current salary?

  • 3. Have you ever taken the fall for a situation when it was not your fault in order to protect a co-worker?

  • 4. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

  • 5. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

  • 6. How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?

  • 7. What type of manager brings out the best in you?

  • 8. How would you describe your work ethic?

  • 9. Tell me about yourself.

  • 10. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

  • 11. How many years experience do you have as a dental hygienist?

  • 12. How have your previous dental visits influenced you as a hygienist?

  • 13. How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?

  • 14. How would you describe a good working relationship between colleagues?

  • 15. What is your experience working with children?

  • 16. How do you feel about educating patients on proper oral care?

  • 17. If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?

  • 18. What experience do you have performing tasks outside of your role as a hygienist?

  • 19. What is a major ethical issue facing dentistry today?

  • 20. What questions do you have for me?

  • 21. Why should we hire you as our next dental hygienist?

  • 22. What do you feel are the most important qualities in a good hygienist?

  • 23. What do you like most about being a dental hygienist?

  • 24. What is the most challenging aspect of this role for you?

  • 25. How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?