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6 tough interview questions – and how to answer them.

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Interviews are tough. We get it.

You can always prepare, but you never know exactly how it’s going to play out; how much easier would you sleep the night before if you already knew the questions you’d be asked?

We’ve had our fair share of interviews, so while we can’t know exactly what will be asked ahead of time, we do know the questions that are asked more often than others.

Here’s a list of common interview questions you should always be prepared to answer:

Tell me about yourself.

Don’t overthink this question – you know yourself better than anyone. Let your personality shine and use this time to grab the interviewer’s attention (but avoid getting too personal). Stick to things like your education, how you got started in the field, and the positions you’ve held up to this point.

What are your strengths/weaknesses?

It’s time to (humble)brag! But be strategic with your answers – your strengths should be qualities tailored to the job you’re interviewing for. And don’t worry, being asked about your weaknesses isn’t a trick question; everyone has them. Just remember: focus less on your weaknesses, and more on how you’ve overcome them.

Why should we hire you?

This is where you sell your skill set – but try to avoid cliché answers like “I’m a hard worker.” Showcase your strengths as an employee, but also show you’ve researched the company. Highlight your standout qualities, then explain how they’re what makes you the perfect candidate.

Why did you leave your previous employer? 

This is not an opportunity to vent about your previous boss – the dental community is very small, and it’s never appropriate or professional to speak negatively about a previous employer, dentist, or co-worker. Instead, consider mentioning career goals, new opportunities, or other changes (like relocation).

What are your salary expectations?

Money can be a sensitive topic, but don’t be too nervous about this question. Research the average pay for the position and area. Be reasonable, but take your experience and qualifications into account. Know your worth; this is your time to negotiate, so don’t sell yourself short.

Do you have any questions for me? 

Your turn! The interviewer has had their time to ask questions – now you get to. This is one of the most common ways to end an interview, so always come prepared with at least three questions – about the day-to-day life on the job, company culture, employee benefits, or anything else you want to know.

Having a response to these common questions should help you feel as prepared as possible for your interview; really, you’re interviewing the office just as much as they’re interviewing you. This mindset should help calm your nerves, so you can focus on smaller details like practicing tone, body language, eye contact, and the art of conveying your answers with confidence and poise – and, of course, just being yourself. So go get ‘em!

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