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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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How many days were you absent from work last year?
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A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.
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1.
How many days were you absent from work last year?
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
2.
Why should we hire you as our next dental laboratory technician?
If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most active advocate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"You should hire me because I am unlike anyone else you have interviewed before. When I started with my current company, I was the youngest tech they had ever hired. That didn't stop me from becoming the performing technician in the company within six months. I am dedicated to my craft and engaged in this industry to the point where I commit myself to taking at least one dental related workshop every business quarter. I am a competitive achiever. You won't be disappointed when you hire me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I'm qualified and passionate about dental transformations. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your lab, and patients, and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your business."
3.
Do you have experience making dentures?
The interviewer wants to know more specifics about your work history. This is a simple yes or no answer, followed up with a few details. The last thing you want to do is exaggerate your experience because you might get placed in a position where you are over your head. If you are not proficient at making dentures tell the interviewer your level of experience and that you look forward to learning more.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would rate myself as an intermediate level when it comes to the creation of dentures. So long as I have a supervisor to review my final work, I can go through the denture making process on my own."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I learned how to make dentures in school but haven't had the opportunity to make them in my current position. I picked it up quickly in school and look forward to building my skills if chosen for this position."
4.
What have you done to expand your knowledge as a dental laboratory technician?
Employers like to hire those who commit to their craft. Discuss the ways that you continue your education, or stay up to date on new industry trends. Include experiences such as continuing education units, additional certifications, or specialty workshops. Tell the interviewer how you continue to gain knowledge as a dental lab tech.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Continued education is important, especially in an industry where tech is always changing. I recently enrolled in a course focused on new trends in digital dentistry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I've learned so much simply by shadowing and working alongside senior lab technicians. As a recent graduate, I am eager to continue learning in any way possible. Do you have any immediate recommendations for me, for continued learning?"
5.
Do you have experience making veneers?
The interviewer wants to know more specifics about your work history. This is a simple yes or no answer, followed up with a few details. The last thing you want to do is exaggerate your experience because you might get placed in a position where you are over your head. If you are not proficient at making veneers tell the interviewer your level of experience and that you look forward to learning more. Tell the interviewer that you are up to date with impression technology. As a dental laboratory technician, your veneers don’t just fit; they are tailored to produce the best possible results for each patient’s smile.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would rate myself as an intermediate level when it comes to the creation of veneers. So long as I have a supervisor to review my final work, I can go through the veneer making process on my own."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The only experience I have making veneers is in school. My current lab doesn't make veneers, but I am efficient in making crowns. I look forward to the opportunity to hone my skills and start making veneers."
6.
How would your co-workers describe you?
The interviewer wants to know more about your professional relationships. Your answer to this question will tell the interviewer a few different things. It will show them how well you work on a team.

As a dental laboratory technician, it is common to work in a diverse laboratory setting. Let the interviewer know that you can handle diversity, work with a cross-functional team, help others in the lab, be an active leader, and be a dependable team member. Tell the interviewer how your co-workers view your personality and skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My coworkers would describe me as collaborative, willing to help, and technically savvy. I am advanced in these areas and look forward to taking these skills to work for your organization."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some words you could use to describe yourself:

- Ambitious
- Charismatic
- Devoted
- Enthusiastic
- Focused
- Honest
- Intuitive
- Organized
- Perceptive
- Punctual
- Resourceful
- Responsible"
7.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
8.
How many days were you absent from work last year?
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
9.
Why did you pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
10.
What education do you have as a dental laboratory technician?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
11.
What is your personal mission statement?
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?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
12.
What is the relationship between yourself and the dentist you currently report to?
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."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
13.
What are your salary expectations?
Before your interview, make sure you have researched the median salary for the position (and location). You can look at salary reviews on Glassdoor.com or Payscale.com.

Always make sure you give a salary range, not just a number. Providing a range allows you to negotiate down the road if you are given an offer. However, if you just tell the employer you are looking for $50K it doesn’t leave room for negotiating later on. Also, make sure the lowest number of your range is something you are comfortable with!

Another great option is to tell the interviewer what you are currently earning and tell them that you are seeking a competitive offer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $40K per year plus health benefits. I am looking for a position that will offer me competitive growth and salary."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to my career as a dental lab technician, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role."
14.
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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!"
15.
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that needs to be done, then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute."
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Interview Questions
  1. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  2. Why should we hire you as our next dental laboratory technician?
  3. Do you have experience making dentures?
  4. What have you done to expand your knowledge as a dental laboratory technician?
  5. Do you have experience making veneers?
  6. How would your co-workers describe you?
  7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  8. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  9. Why did you pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician?
  10. What education do you have as a dental laboratory technician?
  11. What is your personal mission statement?
  12. What is the relationship between yourself and the dentist you currently report to?
  13. What are your salary expectations?
  14. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
  15. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
  16. What questions do you have for me?
  17. When can you start working?
  18. Why do you want to work for us?
  19. What do you like most about being a dental laboratory technician?
  20. Which dental specialties are you certified in?
  21. Which dental related software are you most familiar with?
  22. Do you have CAD/CAM experience?
  23. What is your biggest weakness?
  24. How do you evaluate success?
  25. What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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