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Top 25 Dental Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Why did you pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for us?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know why you are specifically interested in their lab. This question is your opportunity to say some amazing things about the company and let them know you want to be apart of it. Highlight the awards they've won, the population they serve, the high tech equipment they use or even the fact that they are a small mom and pop lab.

Answer Example
"Your laboratory serves a small population yet makes a big impact. I'd like to be part of a team that isn't made up of hundreds of employees but a smaller lab where I'd be able to be part of the action versus an assembly line situation."
Entry Level Example
"Your lab came highly recommended to me by my mentor, who is an experienced dental laboratory technician. She said that you have a great workplace culture and an excellent training program. I look forward to working here!"
Experienced Example
"I want to work in your lab because you specialize in dentures, which is my specialty. I look forward to furthering exposure in this area, and to work with your high tech equipment."
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Question 3 of 25
When can you start working?
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If you are still employed, show that you are respectful of your employer by explaining that you want to give them a two-week notice allowing them time to fill your role. This shows you care about your work and that you're not the type of person who would quit as soon as something better comes your way.

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"I'd love to start immediately, as I am very excited about this role, but I need to give my two weeks notice to my current employer. I could start anytime after that."
Entry Level Example
"I wrap up my practicum in just one week and can start immediately after. When are you hoping to see your chosen candidate start?"
Experienced Example
"I plan to give my current employer the professional courtesy of 2 weeks' notice; however, they may require me to help hire and train my replacement. It's safer to say that I could start in 4 weeks after giving my notice."
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Question 4 of 25
What education do you have as a dental laboratory technician?
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Tell the interviewer what formal education, continued education, and on the job training, you've received. Be sure to tell the interviewer about any individual courses or certifications you've earned along the way.

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"I started my career by working as a dental assistant. I was intrigued by the prosthetics that my dentist was providing to patients, so I wanted to learn more. I then completed a two year accredited laboratory program in addition to my 2-year technician program. I've been working in a dental lab for one year now and love it."
Entry Level Example
"I recently completed the Certified Dental Technician program and am looking forward to putting that knowledge to work. If there are additional certifications or workshops you would like me to take, I am happy to expand my education."
Experienced Example
"As a dental laboratory technician, I completed a 2-year laboratory program. In addition to this, I also have a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Sciences. I am certified through the NBC."
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Question 5 of 25
What is the relationship between yourself and the dentist you currently report to?
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When you answer this question, be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. The interviewer is asking you this question to learn more about your professional relationships. As a Dental Laboratory Technician, you work closely with the dentist to determine the need, requirements, and design of each item.

If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have a great working relationship with my current dentist. He values my opinion and respects my work. We bounce ideas off of each other regularly to come up with the best prosthetic for the patient."

If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
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"I have a great working relationship with my current dentist. He values my opinion and respects my work. We bounce ideas off of each other regularly to come up with the best prosthetic for the patient."
Entry Level Example
"My previous boss and I got along well. We had very different interests, so we did not spend a lot of time chatting, but our work interests were aligned, and we respected each other."
Experienced Example
"My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in the lab. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."
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Question 6 of 25
Do you have experience making veneers?
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Question 7 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 8 of 25
Why should we hire you as our next dental laboratory technician?
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Question 9 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 10 of 25
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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Question 11 of 25
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
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Question 12 of 25
What have you done to expand your knowledge as a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 13 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 14 of 25
What do you like most about being a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 15 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Question 16 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
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Question 17 of 25
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 18 of 25
What is your biggest weakness?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you have experience making dentures?
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Question 20 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 25
Do you have CAD/CAM experience?
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Question 22 of 25
Which dental related software are you most familiar with?
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Question 23 of 25
Which dental specialties are you certified in?
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Question 24 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 25 of 25
What is your personal mission statement?
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About Dental Laboratory Technician

August 6th, 2017

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.

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