As with any position, when going for your interview at a dental practice first impressions count for a lot. During the interview you will be eager to find out what you can get from the job; skills you can learn, training and development you can undertake, pay bonuses and holidays are all important to you and you will want to find out about these. But try not to make the interview about what you can ‘get from them’. It should be a two way street and instead take time to consistently demonstrate what valuable skills, experience and knowledge you can bring to them. Ask not what your job can do for you, ask what you can do for your job. Let your potential employer know how you can help and what you can do for them.
Dentistry can be very stressful, high pressured and emotionally draining. Your interviewer will want to know how you will react under stressful and high-pressure situations. They will often do this by asking behavioural questions to try and find out how you will react under these situations. You can prepare for this by thinking about how you have reacted in high-pressure, stressful situations in the past and have examples ready to discuss with them.
We all have weak points and a popular interview question is to ask people what theirs are. Take a weakness, such as being new to dental nursing, and turn it into a strength. What you lack in experience you more than make up for by entering the practice, surgery or hospital with the very latest training and information available – you may even be able to bring new colleagues up to speed on the latest techniques and advice.
Preparing For Your Interview
Pre-empt questions which you might be asked during your dental nursing interview by preparing answers to them. Some common questions which you might be asked, more likely if this is your first nursing role, are;
-Why do you want to be a dental nurse with this practice? / Why do you want to be a trainee dental nurse?
– What skills do you possess which would make you a good or a great dental nurse?
-How do you cope under pressure?
The key to passing job interviews is preparation and practice, which sounds obvious but is often overlooked by many candidates.
Below is typical interview questions that you should always be prepared for, followed by some questions you should consider asking:
-What do you know about our company?
-How would you describe yourself?
-What motivates you?
-How would your current Manager describe you?
-What skills and expertise would you bring to this job?
-Why are you leaving your current job?
-What are your strengths and weaknesses? (Give an example of how you dealt with a certain situation at work e.g. a complaint, pressure, difficulties)
Questions you may want to ask at a job interview
-Are there opportunities for progression?
-What training opportunities do you have?
-Can you tell me about the people I would be working with?
-How long will it take to make a final decision and / or what is the next step in the recruitment process?
Many people are afraid of job interviews. If you prepare for your job interview, by predicting the job interview questions, you can easily prepare your job interview answers. If your job interview answers highlight your unique selling points, are stated positively and are said in a confident manner, then you can influence the job interview to increase the chances of getting and offer.