Secure your dental position with MediCruit's Interview Tips
The most important passage of a job interview is the beginning, people can make their minds up within the first minute of meeting you so this is your opportunity to make a great impression. So it’s important you take the time to prepare and present yourself well.
- Make eye contact
- Maintain good posture
- Have a good handshake
Know the practice
Spend some time researching the dental practice or organisation if a corporate, our consultants will be able to give you some inside information but it is wise to do a little digging around yourself on their website and social media a few days before.
This way you will know as much about the position as possible enabling you to demonstrate your interest and ask strong questions.
You can’t possibly know what an employer will ask you but there are a few basic questions that will almost certainly arise. Having answers for these will ready will also build your confidence through the interview.
These could include:
What makes you a good candidate for this job?
Why are you looking to leave your current position?
Tell me a bit about yourself
What are your strengths & weaknesses?
Describe your previous job
Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The last question may well be ‘do you have any questions for me?’ - This is one of your final chances to impress the interviewer, it is definitely a question you should engage with even if you feel everything has been covered already as this shows you are paying attention and interested in the company. Do not over step though one - four questions are perfectly fine. Aim to ask open ended questions about the role, even if they have been covered earlier or questions about the practice, that you have seen on the website. Do not ask questions about the salary, this is not the appropriate time.
Bring everything you will need
In the dental industry you more often than not have to take specific things along to the interview with you, if these are a request do not forget, as this will appear careless. If we have these on file for you we will have sent these over and will inform you, you don’t need to take along. The list below is extensive and will not all be needed but best to be prepared if requested.
- GDC Doc
- HEP B
- 2 forms of ID
- 2X ref details
- IELTS If applicable
- CPR/Infection control documents/ safeguarding etc
- Dressing Inappropriately
- Speaking negatively of a previous employer/colleague
- Disinterested, arrogant and not paying attention
- Mobile phone use
- Not providing specific answers to questions
- Not asking well thought out questions
- Not knowing about the company
- Arriving late or more than 10 minutes early