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Dental Laboratory Technician Interview

25 Dental Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

Question 1 of 25
Why did you pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know more about you. Keep your response relevant and work-related. You can choose to tell a quick story that relates to why you decided to enter the dental career field. The great thing about this question is that you can show your passion for the field. Show the interviewer that you're good at your job and love coming to work each day.

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Question 2 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is asking you this question to find out your long-term career goals. It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but do assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position. Tell the interviewer if you'd like to be in a leadership position or earn certifications. However answer this question, make sure your reply remains within the dental field and relevant to the job.

Question 3 of 25
What is your personal mission statement?
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How to Answer
Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

Question 4 of 25
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
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If money was no object, what kind of business would you start? The interviewer will be able to learn something new and unique about you through this question. Avoid answers that would include building a business that competes with the hiring company.

Question 5 of 25
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

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Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 05/24/2013
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Dental Laboratory Technician

September 5th, 2018

As a Dental Laboratory Technician, you are the design expert for patients corrective devices and replacements for their natural teeth. You work closely and collaborate with the dentist to plan, design and fabricate dental prostheses for individual patients. The dentist provides you with a prescription detailing final treatment choice and for placement of restoration or corrective device in the patient’s mouth and you make the final product. Not only do you play a part in the patient’s physical and dental health but you improve their confidence and self-esteem. Your work space isn't a typical office desk, you surround yourself with Bunsen burners and electric waxers.

As a Dental Laboratory Technician, you support two dental specialties: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics. You are an expert at creating crowns and bridges, ceramics, dentures, partial dentures and implants. You have excellent eye-hand coordination, attention to minute details, ability to recognize the differences in color and shape, manual dexterity and an interest in material sciences and emerging technologies. Having an artistic side is an added bonus as a Dental Laboratory Technician. Your goal is to create a restoration that looks and feels completely natural in the patient’s mouth. Work places range from small offices to large laboratories.

To prepare for your interview, you'll want to do your research. By researching the companies website, you'll be able to determine your main population, work hours and company culture. If you are new to the area, you'll want to determine the average salary and decide what number you are most comfortable with based on your experience. Keep this number in your back pocket just in case you are asked for your salary range. The dental field is small so ask for a reference or two. A dentist or Sr. level technician that can vouch for your professionalism, attention to detail and final product will help you land the job.