After years of hard study and practice, you’re finally qualified and fully equipped to step into a professional role. But… so are hundreds of other eager graduates. So how do you set yourself apart from the pack and land your ideal job?
Here are a few ways to get an all-important edge.
Highlight Peripheral Skills And Past Experience
Dental practices are not just treatment facilities – they’re businesses based on a personalised and intimate service.
Patient care and treatment are absolutely paramount, and dental practices often stand or fall on the how good they are at providing a journey through treatment that patients feel good about.
As such, anyone hiring a dental professional is not only going to be interested in your technical abilities, but also your ability to create a pleasant and comfortable experience for patients.
You can convey much of this in the demeanour you present in the interview at the dental practice.
It’s sometimes difficult to convey excellent people skills when you’re going for an interview – after all, this meeting could determine your job and salary for the foreseeable future.
However, try and bring forth and highlight the warm, friendly, communicative and compassionate parts of your personality – doing so will stand you in good stead.
Beyond that, emphasise any roles in the past where high levels customer care and personal attention were important.
Show that you’re someone who makes people feel good, and you may even present yourself as a more attractive candidate than those with superior clinical abilities.
Emphasise Niche Expertise
We live in the age of the specialist, and that’s exactly what employers are looking for these days. The dental industry is no different, and any speciality experience you have puts you in an advantageous position compared to other candidates with more general skillsets.
Ideally, you’ll do your research beforehand and apply to practices that are actively seeking someone with your particular skillset.
However, even if your areas of treatment expertise don’t fully match up with the practice you’re applying to, make sure you bring them up anyway. They might see a way to make good use of your specialist skills, and you might be able to help them expand their treatment repertoire.
After all, every dental professional should be well-trained in the basics of their role, but if they bring particular niche treatment expertise to the table, this can be highly beneficial for the practice.
Practice Your Interview Technique
One of the critical factors in landing your dream dental job is your ability to convince the practice manager across the table from you to give it to you.
Think about it: you’ve spent all this time honing your clinical skills, so it would be a real shame to miss out on an excellent job offer just because you didn’t present yourself in the best light.
There are thousands of resources out there on interview skills, but there’s one technique that stands out above them all: practice. The only way to truly get your interview skills up to scratch is to prepare well.
The best way to prepare is to think of all the tough questions in advance – the questions you don’t want to answer – and do the work of coming up with answers that highlight your abilities or at least display honesty, integrity and professionalism.
Ask friends (ideally other dental professional ) to give you a practice interview, and to grill you with these tough questions.
Knowing you’re prepared for the worst will give you confidence going into the interview, and you’ll feel ready for anything.
The chances are that your real interview will actually be a lot more breezy and pleasant anyway.
A job offer in dentistry is no longer a sure thing, even for talented candidates. Employers look for niche expertise and great people skills, and what gets you the role is often how well you perform on the day. Bear these tips in mind during your job search, and you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of landing your dream job in the dental industry.