Interviews have rules. And we as interviewees have to abide by the rules if we want to rule the interview. In these days of constant and harsh competition, you have to get your act together. Before you embark on the interview journey, check yourself on these basic points:
Learning as much as possible about the company and the services that it offers is very important. The more you know about the company and its needs, the better you will be able to prepare yourself for the interview.
If you dress well, you have a major part of the battle won. Depending on the type of organization that you are applying to, wear your Sunday best. Even if the company has a casual environment, do not go in wearing a tee shirt and a pair of jeans.
A firm handshake and good eye contact both demonstrate confidence. Show your confidence.
Answer Specifically to the Questions Asked
Do not steer away from what is being asked. Listen to the questions carefully and answer aptly.
When you are being interviewed, make sure that your background is made obvious through short stories. Prepare your stories before the interview:
You are good to go now! Here is a set of interview questions and answers that you can go through to prepare for your big day!
Why do you consider yourself a good fit for an orthodontic assistant position?
I have worked at this position for 5 years. During this time, I have polished my skills in handling both the administrative and the procedural end of working at an orthodontic facility. I believe that working in both these capacities in a large orthodontic concern has prepared me well.
What is the prime job of an orthodontic assistant?
An orthodontic assistant is responsible for assisting orthodontists in determining what patients’ dental needs are. They perform preliminary oral examinations, take and process x-rays and ensure that patients’ files are complete with all relevant information.
Have you ever been in a situation where you found this job challenging?
I was once assisting a pediatric orthodontic and we have to perform a complex procedure on a five year old child. During examination, we discovered that he had 12 teeth too many! A rare occurrence, this gave us a bit of a shock and straightening his teeth was an immense challenge. One that we overcame.
How important is sterilization in dental assisting work?
Extremely so. Everything that touches a patient’s body has to be thoroughly sterilized to ward off diseases. I even sterilize the procedure chairs!