Before Interviewing

Before the Interview

Congratulations! You have an interview scheduled. There's plenty of prep work to do to get ready for your interview.  By taking the proper steps before, during and after the interview, you increase your chances of a job offer.

For many individuals, the interview process can be stressful. What can you do to make it less anxiety-ridden so you can present yourself in the best manner possible?

Research the Practice

If you have not already done so, you need to conduct research to understand the practice. Often, you can glean beneficial information from a practice's web site. Also, check with your college, state association, colleagues, and current employees for insights on the practice.

Know Your Unique Selling Points

In today’s job market, you need to be prepared to sell what makes you stand out among other dentists who are seeking an associateship or independent contractor position. If you haven't already done so, take the time to assess your goals, skills and accomplishments.

Gather Interview Questions

Before you receive a call requesting an interview, it's a good idea to create a list of possible interview questions. Here are some of the most common questions:

  • Tell me about yourself. (Usually the first question)
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What are your short- and long-term goals?

You'll find sample questions – and suggested methods for crafting your responses at

Practice Your Responses

Begin by listing a few key things you want the dentist to know about you and formulating answers to likely interview questions. Practice answering the questions out loud while looking in a mirror.

Select Your Attire

In an interview, first impressions do matter. The best way to ensure a good first impression is to dress smart. It is usually best to wear a dark-colored, conservative suit (for both men and women).

If you are unsure of what to wear, go with the most conservative, professional option.

Recheck the Details

When called for an interview, restate the time and place to be sure you recorded it correctly. Ask who will be conducting the interview and what the interview format will be. Confirm the exact place and time of the interview, the dentist's full name, the correct pronunciation, and the name of the practice.

Before leaving for the interview, gather additional copies of your CV and a list of references. Allow more time than you think you need to get to the interview. Traffic may be heavier than you expect. Plan to arrive a few minutes early so you have time to relax.

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