In a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies, Nathan Mlot a Mechanical Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology published an article about fire ants. While a single fire ant struggles when exposed to water, a group of the same fire ants when working closely together can float effortlessly for days.
So the ADA meeting in New Orleans on Halloween was quite fitting with all the scary things going on that are changing the landscape of Dentistry.
Let’s say you have done your part to put together an awesome resume and made it through to the interview stage. A new fad in dental interview formats could mean your hard work is not yet over. With the rise in popularity of group interviews many dental practices are adopting this format over one-on-one interviews in attempts to save time, reduce turnover, and determine which of their candidates best fit into their office culture.
Many dental offices are now straying away from the customary approach of conducting one-on-one interviews and shifting to group interviews to get a sense of how employees will work in a team setting. These types of interview settings often have the candidates work together to solve problems, simulate a challenging work situation, involve the discussion of ideas or opinions, or test leadership skills.
You’re hiring again. You know, that often tedious process of finding the right person for your company that is qualified yet likable at the same time. A lot goes into the hiring process which also means there is a lot of room to hire the wrong person. One of the most effective ways to prevent this from happening is to write a job ad that speaks volumes about what your dental practice is really like. So what are we really talking about here?
Ever wonder why some employees excel at their job while others just do okay or even poorly? After all, they work in the same office and for the same employer. Why is one doing GREAT while the other is not?
Have you ever gone on a working interview and just assumed that you’d get paid for the time you spent at the office, from the moment you arrived until the time you left? When you got your money, did you discover that, in fact, you only got paid for five of the eight hours you were there? While this isn’t exactly common, it does happen, and anyone going on a working interview should take the following steps to ensure it doesn’t happen to them.
Every single day in your office there are opportunities for teamwork, from the morning huddle, to preparing for patients, to closing out the end of the day. Almost everyone engages in teamwork at some point in their day, and it’s highly unlikely society would function at without teamwork. It is also highly unlikely that people think about what teamwork is, and what their contribution means.
The 100th year celebration of dental hygiene as a profession has inspired me to write this article. It reminded me just how much I love my profession and colleagues. Dental hygiene is recognized as playing a crucial role in the overall health of our community; it can’t be stressed enough how important good dental hygiene is, and so many people rely on Registered Dental Hygienists to help stay healthy. It’s incredibly rewarding!
During your job interview, answering questions well is not just important, it is essential! When you face the challenges and fears of interview questions using a few basic guidelines, you can come across like a PRO!