Be warned, sometimes your toughest dental hygiene job interview question won’t sound so tough.
Why is that? While you may think it’s just small talk it’s actually an opportunity for to shine.
I’ve said before, dental hygiene job interviews require preparation. Some questions are easy and others not, but if you have rehearsed it will make a big difference in your confidence and perception.
The Question Revealed
So, what’s the toughest dental hygiene job interview question? Here it goes:
“So, tell me what you know about our office?”
While it may seem like a harmless or subtle question, a lot of interviewers simply aren’t prepared to answer it very well or at all. Shrugging your shoulders that you don’t know or simply saying you don’t know much may not seem like a big deal to you but it is.
It’s a missed opportunity and really not that hard to give them what they REALLY want.
This dental hygiene job interview question isn’t really meant to trick you, but it’s most definitely been fumbled. And not every interviewer will even ask it, but many (if not most) so come prepared with the RIGHT answer.
What is the right answer? The right answer to this dental hygiene job interview question is, of course, unique to each and every interviewer that asks.
I always tell clients to shoot for two or three things YOU find interesting or can connect with or relate to.
But the bottom line is interviewers just want anything that is something. Does that make sense?
They want to know you took the time to learn about them, who they are, things that they do, people that they serve. It’s not so much what you share, it’s that you share something that is significant. Something you couldn’t possibly have guessed or known without having done your homework.
Ahhh, homework! We all hate that word. But interview preparation homework doesn’t and shouldn’t scare you off too much. It doesn’t need to take much time to learn something interesting about an office. Of course, the more you learn about an office the better, and more prepared you will be for the interview.
You see, even beyond this one question, “What do you know about our office?” there will be other questions where you can insert bits of information you pick up on in your research. Maybe you’ll learn that they participate in a community health fair and because you have done it previously you have ideas to discuss.
It could be anything, so as job opportunities open up and you land interviews, do some homework.
Example Responses for Toughest Dental Hygiene Job Interview Question
“I’ve learned through talking with one or two friends who used to be patients that your office is great about staying on schedule and that you are particularly good with kids. One of my friends just raves about your office and how nice everyone is. I think I already have some great connections to your office.”
“I found online that the patient reviews are excellent – you have done well at creating a great experience for people. Your website, in fact, talks about how important it is that you put patients first. I align perfectly with that value as it’s always been my focus as well.”
“I love the fact that you have kept your office so modern and comfortable. Even from the pictures on your website, I could see that it sets a mood that helps me relax being here and I am sure for others as well.”
So toughest dental hygiene job interview question is only tough if you aren’t prepared for the interview. Come prepared and you’ll have no trouble at all landing a great dental hygiene job. Here are more good tips:
Doug Perry is a recruiter, expert dental hygiene resume writer, and job search coach. He and his wife, Tracie, who is a dental hygienist, created GetHiredRDH in response to the challenging dental hygiene job market and have helped thousands of dental hygienists through tips and individual services. If you need individual help with the toughest dental hygiene job interview question or other services, contact Doug.