Dental Assisting Interview

Three Questions to Avoid Asking in Your Dental Assisting Interview

When your Dental Assisting interview is wrapping up, the dentist (or another interviewer) will probably give you the chance to ask your own questions. As much as this is an opportunity for you to gather more information about the dental office and your possible position, it’s also another chance for the interviewer to evaluate your personality and dental assisting career goals. Check out these three questions you should avoid asking when you first meet with your potential dental employer.

How much will I make?

At this point in the process, the objective should be showing the interviewer that you’re the right candidate for the job. You want to sound passionate about a future Dental Assisting career, so try and wait until you’re extended a formal offer to bring up your cash demands.

Will I receive much vacation time?

If you’re already looking for time off, it will be hard to be taken seriously as a future employee. During the initial meeting, you want the dental team to see your enthusiasm for going to work – not your desperation for getting out of it. Plus, not all Dental Assistants work full-time hours. If your potential Dental Assisting position is part-time, especially, it’s best to avoid bringing up this topic.

I have no questions. (trick question)

Have several (at least 3-5) questions prepared and ask them when the opportunity arises. Remember that an interview is a dialogue – not an interrogation. If you need help coming up with appropriate Dental Assisting-related questions, don’t hesitate to contact First Institute’s Career Services department. The friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you. Also, check with your Dental Assisting program instructors. Their industry experience will be invaluable when it comes to interviewing for a Dental Assistant position.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be ready to nail your Dental Assisting interview. The more thought you put into your questions, the more confident you’ll be in your ability to take on the Dental Assistant position you really want.

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