On your next dentist job interview you want to make sure that you are prepared. Often dental grads make common mistakes that can knock them out of the interview process. Here are some things to do and not to do on your next dentist job interview:
1. Don’t tell the dentist that you want a working interview. Let them ask you if you’d like a working interview. You need to look at this from the perspective of the hiring dentist who has spent years building up their practice. They don’t know anything about you other than what your CV or resume says. They need to be confident in allowing you to work on their patient. Impress the dentist over the phone or in person, but allow them to offer you a working interview.
2. Prepare a portfolio of your work. Obviously respect the anonymity and privacy of your patients, but a perspective employer will be impressed if you can show the quality of your work (before and after photos, case histories, etc.).
3. Regardless of whether you are in private practice or work for a corporate dental chain, make sure that you are conveying VALUE to your next boss. How much did you produce ($$$)? Sure, you are highly trained, qualified and skilled, but at the end of the day, this is about operating a profitable small business. A dental practice wants to know that you are going to contribute as least as much and hopefully more to your next practice than you have for your current employer.
4. Quantify how your continuing education courses have not only helped your career progression but are in direct correlation to increased production and earnings.