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Dental Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

25 Dental Laboratory Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Why did you pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician?
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.

Answer Example
"I've always known I wanted to work in the medical career field but wasn't quite sure how. My hobby is designing jewelry. Using small tools, having an artistic eye and attention to detail are skills needed to create my jewelry. I discovered this skill to go hand in hand with being a successful Dental Laboratory Technician. Creating prosthetics for patients is a lot like my hobby of creating jewelry. Every piece is unique and intricate."
Entry Level Example
"I pursued a career as a dental laboratory technician primarily because my father worked in this field and my interest was piqued at an early age. I recently completed my Certificate as a Dental Technician. l am also recently certified through the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology."
Experienced Example
"I have been a dental laboratory technician for the past ten years. This work is gratifying to me because I understand the difference my craft makes in the lives of others. Properly engineered artificial teeth can be life-changing for our recipients."
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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.

Answer Example
"In 5 years I'd like to be in a supervisory position within your lab. With a total of 3 years experience, combined with my education, I feel confident to be serving in a leadership role within that timeframe."
Entry Level Example
"Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
Experienced Example
"In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
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Question 3 of 25
What is your personal mission statement?
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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?

Answer Example
"My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly necessary to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."
Entry Level Example
"My mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."
Experienced Example
"My mission statement is 'If you aren't 10 minutes early, you're 10 minutes late.' I am neurotic about being on time! I am very reliable, and you can count on me to make a great impression on your other staff."
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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.

Answer Example
"If I had $50,000 to build my own business I would open up a community center in my neighborhood that offered inexpensive childcare, cooking classes, and other life skills programs. I am passionate about volunteering and see a strong need in those particular areas."
Entry Level Example
"If I had 50,000 to start my own business, I would stay in a creative field that required a great deal of attention. Perhaps jewelry making or glass blowing. I have a big creative streak!"
Experienced Example
"I would choose to invest the $50,000 into an existing business in an industry that my spouse has an interest in. I love what I do for a career, but she has always wanted to be an entrepreneur."
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Question 5 of 25
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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Question 6 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 7 of 25
Why should we hire you as our next dental laboratory technician?
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Question 8 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 9 of 25
Do you have experience making veneers?
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Question 10 of 25
What is the relationship between yourself and the dentist you currently report to?
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Creators of Dental Laboratory Technician Answers and Questions

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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Question 11 of 25
What education do you have as a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 12 of 25
When can you start working?
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Question 13 of 25
Why do you want to work for us?
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Question 14 of 25
What have you done to expand your knowledge as a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 15 of 25
What do you like most about being a dental laboratory technician?
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Question 16 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 17 of 25
Which dental specialties are you certified in?
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Question 18 of 25
Which dental related software are you most familiar with?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you have CAD/CAM experience?
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Question 20 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 25
Do you have experience making dentures?
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Question 22 of 25
What is your biggest weakness?
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Question 23 of 25
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 24 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
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Question 25 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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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.

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