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How To Nail a Dental Office Interview

By Heartland Dental

At Heartland Dental, we help supported dentists, dental hygienists and dental office professionals grow, further their careers, and achieve their dream goals – and if you're searching for a job in a dental office, we can help. Performing well during the interview is critical to landing a great job, so to help you excel in your next interview, here are our top tips for nailing an interview.

Customize Your Experience

Perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind during an interview is to tailor the way you talk about your work experience to the specifics of the job. Go beyond just listing the positions you've held and dive into the specific skills you used in each position and why those skills will apply in the new job. For example, if you're interviewing to be a front office assistant, highlight past experience where you worked directly with customers or managed a company calendar. Highlighting the specifics of your work history will help demonstrate that you're well equipped for the job. 

Brush Up On Legislature

Everyone in a dental office should have a strong knowledge of the industry, and that includes people in administrative or office roles. For example, anyone working the front desk of a dental practice needs to be familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the privacy standards it outlines. Take some time to research the specifics of privacy law as it relates to dentistry and think about how you would work to uphold those standards on the job.

Ask Questions

In most interviews, you'll be given a chance to ask questions at the end of the interview – so use it! Write a list of questions beforehand and bring it with your in your portfolio, then choose a few to ask at the end of the interview. On one level, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the office you're interviewing for and see if it's a good fit. On another, however, you're communicating to your interviewer that you are a prepared, interested applicant. Asking questions focused on how to excel in the position can demonstrate your commitment to performing well on the job, further reassuring your interviewer that you're a great candidate.

Contact Your Dental Support Organization

Using these tips, you can ensure your next dental office interview is your best yet – and if you're looking for openings in dental offices, Heartland Dental has job openings all over the nation. Search through our dental job listings to see the opportunities available to you, and if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call at (866) 929-0040. We look forward to helping you land your dream job and take your career to the next level!

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