#1 Research and preparation
Before any interview, you should do your research!
Preparation is key
Browse the practice’s website to learn more about their beginnings, their team, and values. Use LinkedIn to get clued up on your interviewers, who will most likely be the practice manager and principal dentist.
Use social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to study the practice’s culture, latest accomplishments, and future goals.
Remember to review the job description – the practice will have provided specific details and expectations for the role when they originally advertised for the position. Make sure you are clear on what dental skills and experience they are looking for and the responsibilities that the job entails. Prepare examples from your previous experience that you will be able to draw upon when answering any role-related questions.
Have a go at some common interview questions with a family member or friend so you can practice your answers. This will give you a chance to evaluate your responses and become more confident when talking about yourself and achievements in front of someone else.
Questions to consider:
· Why are you interested in the role?
· What do you know about the practice?
· What are your strengths and weaknesses?
· What experience do you have?
· What are you looking for from a new role?
#2 Check your internet connection!
Make sure you test the strength of your internet connection the day before your interview.
Ensure your software is up to date and both your video and microphone are in working order. Have some headphones on hand just in case you need them.
#3 Choose the right setting
Whilst you’re testing your technology, determine your setting for taking the interview.
Find a room with good lighting and a blank wall, this will guarantee that you are the main focus point during the conversation.
Minimise any distractions from the room and once you’re sat down and ready to go, make sure all devices are on silent or turned off. You don’t want anything interrupting you.
#4 Dress for success
No pyjamas here please!
A well-dressed interviewee will show the employer how much they value the opportunity for an interview and job. Making an effort, whether it is in person or on Zoom, will have a positive impact on the interviewers and prove how serious you are about the role.
#5 Be confident
Try not to be nervous, sometimes it is inevitable, but just remember how long you’ve been waiting for a job like this to come around!
Be enthusiastic and engaging while keeping your answers concise. Use this as an opportunity to highlight your skills and prove why you are the best candidate for the role.
#6 Ask questions
This is your chance to also get to know your potential employers and their expected progression and goals as a practice and business.
It is all about leaving a positive and lasting impression on the interview panel.
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