At the moment, dental assistants are desperately needed across the country, and dentists everywhere are virtually begging for experienced, skilled, and confident assistants to come to their practice. Since you’re in high-demand, it’s a good idea to ask questions to get to know the practice a little better. This is also a great way to find out whether you’ll be happy working there. Read on for four of the best questions to ask during your interview.
Who is Your Typical Patient, & Do They Have Any Unique Needs?
Every dental practice is different, and some patient populations have special needs. You could choose to work with a dentist who predominantly builds smiles using dentures or implants, in which case they may say that many of their patients are more mature. Or, if you find yourself in a family dental setting, you may need to work with children every day, all day. These are important details to know before you accept the job so you can be prepared for the different skills that you’re going to need to showcase each day.
What are the Biggest Opportunities & Challenges for the Practice at the Moment?
This is an interesting question that may stump your interviewer, but it’s also going to provide you with incredibly valuable information about the practice. If you have one or more strengths that can help them overcome their challenges, you can elaborate on that during or after the interview in a thank you note.
Does the Practice Volunteer in the Community?
Many practices get out and volunteer in the community, whether it’s collecting donations at the office or physically going out together and contributing time and effort, and these opportunities can make a position feel more fulfilling and valuable. If that’s important to you, getting the answer to this question could be a huge deciding factor in whether you accept the job.
Do You Do Anything for Your Dental Team to Help Them Feel Valued?
Feeling valued in a position is important. There’s nothing worse than being a part of a company or team that makes you second guess why you went into your profession every other day because too much is being expected of you or the work environment fosters a toxic team hierarchy. Hearing that a dentist or the owner of a practice promotes teamwork and regularly shows their appreciation is an excellent sign that you’ll be happy working there long-term.
These four questions aren’t just meant to make you look more mindful and inquisitive during your interview, which are both great traits to show off—they’re also meant to provide you with helpful information about the practice so you can determine whether it’s a good fit for you. Hopefully, after your interview, you’ll be able to confidently say that you found your dream job!
About A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office
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