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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...
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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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Thankfully, my parents are very supportive of me and they let me make school my number one priority. They tell me not to work while im in school so besides school, I am always with my family and I love spending time with them.
 
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I have a weekly schedule that I follow and this routine allows me the ability to complete all of the tasks that I need to accomplish. There are a lot of tasks with a husband and 3 kids.
 

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#3 of 25

What is your experience working with children?

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visual and hands on
 
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I am a very hands on learner. I need to physically have something in my hands like models of human organs or dental tools to really get the feel for what I am learning and to fully understand it.
 

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#4 of 25

Describe your ideal work environment.

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Someone that has high work ethics like I do, someone that is willing to cooperate and lend a helping hand if needed.
 
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There is no one type of person I work with better than the next. I am friendly and outgoing and work well and get along with pretty much everyone. I can be a leader or a follower if necessary. I enjoy working with people that are easy going.
 

Education Requirements

Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene are also available, but are less common. A bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.

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#5 of 25

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

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may have nerve problem in hands, arms, and back in the future due to repititive hand work.
 
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Honestly, not being able to control the cost of cleanings or the ability to financially work with low income patients.
 

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#6 of 25

How can you help with the oral health needs of this office?

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yes..not everyone's truthful about their medical health so you treat everyone the same ie that includes those with AIDS
 
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if a patient has AIDS i will still treat them as a hygienist because that is part of my job discription. i am in no position to discrimant agianst anyont because of their condition or background. i would make it my duty to perform the job careful and cautiously.
 

Work Environment

Almost all dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices. They work closely with dentists and dental assistants. Dental hygienists wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. When taking x rays, they follow strict procedures to protect themselves and patients. They may spend long periods bending over to work on patients.

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#7 of 25

If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?

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I wish I would have started school earlier. I feel as though I am alittle bit behind in my life plans because of returning to school later. But this also provides me with an advantage in knowing what I truly want to do and having work experience which provides me with more drive to reach my goals.
 
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If not a dental hygienist than something for sure relating to medical field.
 

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#8 of 25

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

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I deal with stress very well.
 
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Sleep deprived and seek advice.
 

Dental Hygienist Pros

1. The hours are very flexible, you get to improve the oral health of other, and it is such a rewarding career May 30th, 2012

2. dental hygienists get to work with different kinds of people with different needs. Therefore every patient they see will be their learning experience. May 30th, 2012

3. In my eyes I see only pros; the ability to help people with their dental health, a job where I am making a difference, hands on work that is interesting and exciting as well as self fufilling. July 19th, 2012

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#9 of 25

What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?

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Manual dexterity, an at ease personality, being personable.
 
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Being knowledgeable in your field, passing it onto your clients, being organized, team worker, have good clinical skills, proper ergonomics, friendly, and having a great attitude towards the day.
 

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#10 of 25

How do you prioritize when given multiple tasks?

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I am very much a team player. I want to know that I've been heard, not necessarily that you agree but that you listened. I am very big on mutual respect, making sure everyone feels their opinion is valued and then coming to a group consensus about what the best course to take is. Having said that, traits that undermine that philosophy can present a challenge to work with.
 
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Just someone who is not a team player. If they are not willing to work together to get a job done I find it difficult to work alongside them.
 

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#11 of 25

What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?

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Knowing how important oral hygiene is, I think I will most enjoy being able to help my patients achieve complete oral health and being able to watch them progress. It will a very satisfying feeling to know that you have been able to educate them and get them to a healthy state which will make them happy.
 
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What i would like most about being a dental hygieniest is having that passion to help patients achieve optimum oral health that can help maintain healthy life styles. it would be a truely rewarding experience to help my patients get that boost of confidence with a healthy smile.
 

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#12 of 25

What are your greatest strengths?

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I am a very logical thinker. I am also very hardworking. I stay until the job is done.
 
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I am quick on learning new things.I am really organised.
 

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#13 of 25

What will you do if you have a client that refuses to floss or take care of their teeth?

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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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Use pictures and be descriptive of the downfalls of neglecting their oral health. Also, find something the client values. If it's money for example, describe the costs of restoring and repairing and remind them that prevention is basically free!
 

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#14 of 25

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

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I have been the Administrative Assistant for a non-profit dental clinic for the past two years. I have trained new employees and new volunteers for the clinic and established projects that utilize their time wisely. I have effectively come up with new solutions like implementing EMR for the nurse triage. Throughout the course of these two years I have handled conflicts with patients and resolved them in a diplomatic manner.
 
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No, i dont.
 

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#15 of 25

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

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It does not bother me to work with indigent patients, in fact I think working with indigent patients would be the most rewarding.
 
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i do not mind working with indigent. i have experience working with needy customers in retail and needy children when i was a summer camp counselor. i always handled situations well, and am looking forward to working with any type of patient.
 

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#16 of 25

Give me an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision.

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A huge role in my life and yes i can most defiantly laugh at myself.
 
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Humor is a huge part of my daily life. I think that my day is not complete without laughing or smiling. I love making people laugh and making my family smile. I laugh at myself all the time, especially when I do something out of the ordaniary.
 

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#17 of 25

How have your previous experiences visiting the Dentist influenced you as a Hygienist?

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I spit up Versed all over an assistant when I was 3 because they wanted to papoose me to do treatment on a small cavity. I still remember the nurse telling me about the experience in a negative way. I learned that you have to stay positive to patients.
 
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I can remember one time when I had braces, the assistant that came to adjust my wire obviously didnt know what she was doing. She was pushing and pulling all over the place and couldnt figure out what was wrong. I kept thinking I dont want this lady again. I learned from that experience that I want to make sure I know what im doing at all times, and if I dont, I need to find help so I dont make my patient uncomfortable.
 

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#18 of 25

How would your coworkers describe you?

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Fun loving, easy to get along with, loves helping others and very honest..
 
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Determined, outgoing, active.
 

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#19 of 25

How do you feel about educating patients about home care?

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No but i would love to particate in one.
 
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Upon graduating from a dental hygiene program and gaining experience in the work field I plan to join the peace corps and volunteer my time.
 

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#20 of 25

Describe your average day as a Dental Hygienist.

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White bright smile.
 
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I would love to be a Pediatric Dental Hygienist. I love working with kids and I want to be the one to teach them how important dental care is and I think that I would make a great role model for them.
 

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#21 of 25

What do you think are two major ethical issues facing dentistry today?

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Excessive/unnecessary treatment and insurance fraud.
 
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Not having Dental insurance and people not having proper DH education.
 

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#22 of 25

Tell me about yourself.

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Sure. First of all, I am originally from India, born and raised in a small town named adilabad. My family and I immigrated to the united states when I was 8 years old for a better quality of life and opportunities for a better education. Growing up in an alien country with different traditions and lifestyle has really taught me to adapt to changing surroundings and accepting change in a positive manner. I have learned to become patient, hard working, and passionate about the goals set in life.
 
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I'm 21 i'm from little rock arkansas. i am from a family of 7 girls and 1 boy.
 

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#23 of 25

What is your weakness?

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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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My weakness would be that I am a perfectionist. Usually if I dont perform as well as I would like, it makes me very critical of myself.
 

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#24 of 25

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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#25 of 25

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

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To a certain degree yes, but only about the general topics, nothing personal.
 
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I do. I would enjoying getting to know a patient and interacting on a daily basis because you can build relationships and see them as they progress while they are being comfortable with you.
 
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