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Top 25 Dental Hygienist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What is your experience working with children?
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Question 2 of 25
What is the most challenging aspect of this role for you?
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When addressing challenges, talk about how you can overcome them. Better yet, talk about how you anticipate problems and strive to prevent them. Working on your feet, and with your hands, all day can be taxing. Being in a customer-facing role is also challenging. Presenting measures to combat these types of challenges shows you are proactive, so take this as an opportunity to show your strengths in the face of challenges.

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"Since this job is so physical, days where I see a high volume of patients is difficult. I'm careful of my hands and wrists to make sure I don't injure myself over time. I am very healthy, practice yoga and do a lot of stretching."
Entry Level Example
"I believe the most challenging aspect of this role will be to remember all of the medical language associated with the role of a dental hygienist. I am taking control of this by studying a couple of hours per night."
Experienced Example
"The most challenging aspect of this role is keeping up with the changing policies when it comes to medical practices. I ensure to take additional coursework whenever possible. I am also part of a couple of dental hygienist groups that get together quarterly to network and discuss changes in the industry."
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Question 3 of 25
If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
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This question is meant to check your self-awareness. Do you realize when you are stressed? What stresses you out the most? Respond in a way that shows your understanding of stress and how it affects you. Be careful to reveal that you cannot handle stress. You absolutely can. Sharing a weak moment doesn't show you are weak. It shows that you are human and affected by stress just like everyone else. Focus more on how you cope with stress than how stressed out you get. Knowing your triggers is key!

Answer Example
"I enjoy working in the fast-paced environment of a dental clinic, but it can be stressful to keep the pace. I have noticed that when I get too wrapped up in going through the motions with each patient without taking a break I can feel my heart rate go up and I feel anxious. At this point, I know I need to take a step back and go outside for some fresh air. Since I've learned my limitations, I am getting better at communicating with my team when I need a minute to recoup."
Entry Level Example
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
Experienced Example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
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Question 4 of 25
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?
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Think about your daily responsibilities. If you are new to the profession, think about what you can anticipate based on your observations. What type of personality does it take, to be a successful dental hygienist, and which of your strengths make you most effective at your job?

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"I feel that a dental hygienist should have great people skills, be organized, and always have an eye on safety. I plan to bring these skills, and more, to my role here."
Entry Level Example
"Some essential qualities of an excellent hygienist: - Enthusiastic attitude - Detail-oriented - Patient - Energetic - Attentive - Friendly - Knowledgeable - Professional "
Experienced Example
"I have learned over the last few years as a dental hygienist that the most important qualities of a good dental hygienist are to be friendly, empathetic, and attentive to your patients' needs. When my patients feel comfortable, they want to come back, and that's how strong business is built."
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Question 5 of 25
What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?
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Think about what makes you excited to go to work every day. Is it helping people? Is it educating them about healthy habits? Identify the thing you love most about your job and then give an example.

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"I like teaching people good habits to keep their mouths healthy. Whenever I work with small children, I make extra effort to help them understand the importance of good dental hygiene. I show them pictures of the difference between a healthy mouth versus gingivitis, tooth decay and some of the other issues that can occur."
Entry Level Example
"I think that the most interesting part of being a dental hygienist is going to be working with such a diverse range of people. It will feel great to help others to learn healthy habits."
Experienced Example
"As a dental hygienist, I have been able to help many people to prevent more severe health issues by promoting good oral care. I am in a great position to help kids create healthy habits from a young age. Also, as a hygienist, I have the opportunity to help ease the anxiety that many people feel around dentist visits."
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Question 6 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 7 of 25
How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?
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Question 8 of 25
What experience do you have performing tasks outside of your role as a hygienist?
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Question 9 of 25
How have your previous dental visits influenced you as a hygienist?
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Question 10 of 25
How do you feel about educating patients on proper oral care?
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Question 11 of 25
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 12 of 25
What is a major ethical issue facing dentistry today?
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Question 13 of 25
Why should we hire you as our next dental hygienist?
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Question 14 of 25
Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing vs string flossing?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?
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Question 16 of 25
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was not your fault, to protect a co-worker?
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Question 17 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 18 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 19 of 25
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
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Question 20 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 21 of 25
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 22 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 23 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 24 of 25
How many years experience do you have as a dental hygienist?
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Question 25 of 25
What is your current salary?
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About Dental Hygienist

May 14th, 2017

As a Dental Hygienist you are a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Common procedures performed as a Dental Hygienist are prophylaxis, scaling and root planing for patients with periodontal disease, taking of prescribed radiographs, dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care. You also educate patients on how to develop and maintain good oral health. You give advice to patients on how to select toothbrushes and other oral-care devices.

As a Dental Hygienist you are detail oriented. You follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures when helping dentists treat patients. Dental Hygienists 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 Hygienist 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 Hygienists should be able to listen to patients and other healthcare workers. You follow directions from a dentist so you can help treat patients, perform tasks, such as taking an x-ray. As a Dental Hygienist you have excellent organizational skills. Keeping the correct tools in place for a dentist 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. Bring a copy of your license and any additional certification you may have If you are certified to perform expanded duties such as independently diagnosis health problems and provide some treatments, such as application of fluorides and sealants be sure to mention it during the interviewer- this could set you apart from the rest of the candidates!

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