In many dental offices, both adults and children are treated. The ideal candidate may need to have experience working with all types of people. Through the applicant’s answer to this question, you can more clearly determine their philosophy for working with both younger and older patients.
Dental offices are typically smaller and relatively close-knit. The dentist or office manager may periodically make suggestions to hygienists and others to improve the office environment or the patient experience. The ideal applicant should be able to handle criticism positively and adapt to the changes suggested.
Co-worker conflicts can and do happen from time to time. It is important to hire an applicant who has a positive and realistic approach to dealing with issues in the office. Ensure that the applicant will not approach the resolution in a manner that will be disruptive to the practice.
Unhappy patients may be rare in your office, but there will likely be several times when your applicant may have to deal with a patient’s frustrations or complaints. Ensure that the applicant will handle the issue professionally. The applicant should also state that he or she will try to accommodate the patient in some way.
The dental office can be a scary place, and many adults and children experience fear or anxiety in a dental chair. The applicant should have a calming demeanor and should be skilled at techniques that have been successfully used to alleviate concerns, such as distraction and using a calming voice.
These are only a few of the questions you should ask an applicant during an interview. With each question you plan to ask, think ahead about what you want the ideal candidate to say in response. This can help you to be more prepared for the interview.
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