Some things you want to remember throughout the interview process

January 21, 2020
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Some things you want to remember throughout the interview process

After you have decided what kind of office you want to work for here are a few tips I have learned through the countless mistakes I have made.

The best preparation for your interview is writing an effective resume and cover letter. List your skills and if you don’t like to do molar endo, write “anterior and premolar endo” because no one will be happy with you when your molar root canals take long or have preventable complications. Make sure you have a description of yourself in the profession summary area and I would also recommend a cover letter.

  1.  Be the best version of yourself
    You always want to be the best version of yourself. Don’t be someone else. If you aren’t inherently a perky person, by all means don’t be a grump, but don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Showing yourself to be someone you are not will only land you in hot water later on. I always tried to be someone who was always on board with everything, even if I didn’t like to do a procedure, I would push through it. I found that once I started vocalizing what I wanted, things became more harmonious and I started to find places I liked.
  2.  Write a proper and concise resume.  One website that really helped guide me was www.myperfectresume.com.
  3.  Arrive 10 minutes early
  4.  Don’t be on your phone in the waiting area for a long time and do not be clutching on to your resume either.
  5.  Be nice to the front desk; if you want to work for a good boss she will want to know how you interacted with ALL the people in the office.
  6.  Try to remember names of the front desk personnel and managers if they are introduced to you.
  7.  There are going to be some offices that do a clinical evaluation where they go over x-rays with you and ask you which teeth you would crown and which teeth you would prep. From what we were taught you do not treat E1 and E2 lesions, but some older dentists expect you treat these lesions more aggressively and place crowns on teeth that can be restored. You have to do the right thing and say NO to procedures that make no sense from your studies. At the least, a good boss would be fine with discussing alternatives. If you find that these bosses are not up for negotiating, then it probably is not the right place for you.
  8.  NEVER SIGN A CONTRACT without a three-month evaluation period or with a large restrictive covenant near where you live or plan to live for a long time. DO NOT sign a contract that asks for three months’ notice for resignation.