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Dental Hygienist Interview Questions
1. Why do you want to work for our company?
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A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Local dental regulations determine the scope of practice of dental hygienists. In most jurisdictions, hygienists work for a dentist, and some are licensed to administer local anesthesia. Common procedures performed by hygienists include cleanings known as 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.
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Dental Hygienist Interview Questions
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How did you manage your time among school, work, and or other activities?
 
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Time management was key to my getting through university. Being able to keep up with work, societies and social activities I kept myself organised by having a personal diary and an annual calender.
 
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A planner. I don't think I could have made it this passed semester with out my planner. I wrote down goals and what I needed to get done. My mom instilled in me that school comes first and everything else is second so if that meant giving up a weekend with my friends or a shift at my job that's what I had to do.
 
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What is your experience working with children?
 
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Iam a hands on person, I learn quick by watching how everything is done and by asking questions.
 
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My learning style leans more to a hands-on learning style, as well as visual learning.
 
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Describe your ideal work environment.
 
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I work best with people that understand what teamwork and communication are all about. Remembering that everyone has experience in similar situations and being able to work out it together or give advice would help a ton.
 
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I have learned to adapt with every kind of worker, but my best work is with those who care about their job, and work hard.
 
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What is the most challenging aspect of this role for you?
 
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The things I will dislike most is the early hours lol. It can be difficult sometimes to wake myself up.
 
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The lack of progress of periodontal disease in individuals.
 
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How can you help with the oral health needs of this office?
 
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Yes being very careful and precautes.
 
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Yes, Iwould treat them as every other patient. Good cross infection must be an essential skill for all Hygienists.
 
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If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
 
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If I could start everything differently. I would picked hygienist as a career sooner because now I know for a fact it is the perfect career of choice for me and my future.
 
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In high school I wish I would have tried harder my freshman and sophomore year. During that time I do not believe I took my education seriously.
 
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If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
 
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I get a terrible headache usually. If it gets bad I will take IB proffin.
 
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When I'm stressed, I tents to look tired, but I love being actively whether that means hitting up the gym and lose some sweats.
 
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What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?
 
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Organization, cleanliness, determination, and patience.
 
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Good Personality, friendliness and well rounded knowledge.
 
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How do you prioritize when given multiple tasks?
 
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People who aren't willing to work as a team- either those who wont allow others to help- bossy, controlling- or those who insist on being carried by the group.
 
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Leadership personalities can clash with my own at times. But usually if I put my own pride aside great things happen when I work with these types of people.
 
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What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?
 
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Working with young children and creating friendships with my clients.
 
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Knowing your good at what you do, and having the same people come back to you for years. I would love to see the familiar faces as well as new faces that may have been advised to come. Making that connection with people in an environment that you feel comfortable in doing would be very rewarding.
 
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What are your greatest strengths?
 
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I work very well under pressure. I usually end up being a top performer at any place that I work.
 
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I'm very self motivated and I know I have what it takes to succeed in upper level courses with a demanding work load.
 
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What will you do if you have a client that refuses to floss or take care of their teeth?
 
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Advise seeing them regularly for example on a 3 month recall rather than a 6 month or yearly recall and educate them on the importance of good oral hygiene.
 
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Educate them on what will happen to their teeth if they do not take care of them. Explain to them how expensive it will be to fix them when they start to have tooth infections and aches.
 
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What experience do you have performing tasks outside of your role as a hygienist?
 
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I am currently taking business classes. I hope to emphasize in business.
 
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I was a member of FBLA in high school. Also, I worked at a ice cream parlor over the summer, where I dealt the business side of the food industry.
 
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How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?
 
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I think it is very important, if not more, to work with indigent patients than the educated and wealthy, because of the lack of education and awareness on the importance of oral hygiene. It would be our duty as health care providers to treat and see patients regardless of their backgrounds and status.
 
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The only problem I could imagine with indigent patients is the fact may have poorer hygiene, in this case I would treat them like any other patient and inform them on the importance of keeping up with that. As I stated before, I would never turn down a patient, unless my boss told me to.
 
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Give me an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision.
 
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I am known by my peers, teachers, employers, and family, as a very bubbly person. I am always laughing at myself and others around me (but only if appropriate timing).
 
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Yes, infact I think having a good sense of humor can help lighten up any mood.
 
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How have your previous experiences visiting the Dentist influenced you as a Hygienist?
 
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I've never had a bad experience at the dentist. I am fortunate enough to say I've never even had a cavity!
 
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Prolonged treatment. Be honest.
 
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How do you feel about educating patients about home care?
 
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Yes I have worked in a dental practice for a year now.
 
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I was a missionary in Nicaragua for a short term mission twice in my life time. This experience was incredible and one I will never forget.
 
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How would your coworkers describe you?
 
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Bubbly, a leader, positive, and very organized.
 
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Humble, caring, helping, easygoing,
 
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Describe your average day as a Dental Hygienist.
 
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I've always been very interested in the mouth. I enjoy learning everything about it, especially the muscles in the mouth.
 
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No, I just really like picking at things.
 
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What do you think are two major ethical issues facing dentistry today?
 
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Dentists who are in it just to make money and don't think of the interest of the patient.
 
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Access to dental care in indigent communities. Also, the fallen economy and not being able to afford dental care or dental insurance.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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I was raised in Pak. I come from a family that works hard I m a first generation American college student I worked in Pak as a professional Want to learn American ways of doing dentistry.
 
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I'm a person who is honest and hard working. Not afraid of a challenge and works to the best of my potential. Continues to learn and rethink past questions.
 
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What is your weakness?
 
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As stated previously, when I notice others around me not pulling their weight I will pick up their slack. This is a result of my avoidance of confrontation at all cost.
 
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My weakness is being upset with me when I do not do something perfect or make a mistake.
 
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Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing vs string flossing?
 
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I would definitely recommend string flossing because even though water flossing can remove food particle from your teeth, it will not remove buildup from between the teeth and it should not substitute flossing and brushing.
 
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String flossing and if possible water flossing to go with it.
 
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How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?
 
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Socializing with patients will probably be my favorite part of the job.
 
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To a certain degree yes, but only about the general topics, nothing personal.
 
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