Preparing for an interview…
…our top five tips.
Once you’re enrolled on our NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) national diploma in dental nursing course at Lotus, you will attend interviews for trainee dental nurse roles, here are some tips to help you secure that dream dental nursing role to work alongside your dental nursing course.
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare
Your interviewer will be impressed to see that you have prepared well for your interview. Take a paper copy of your CV, working permit, proof of identification and any other documents you think you will need on the day. This will show that you are proactive and committed. Asking questions is a great way of showing your genuine interest in the practice and the role so prepare some questions beforehand using your research. This will not only ensure that you get the information you need on the day but you are unlikely to forget to ask them if you have them written down with you. After all, being prepared is one of the key skills for an efficient dental nurse!
2. Do your research
Dental practice websites and social media pages provide an up to date window into daily life in a dental practice and are invaluable when it comes to researching the practice. You can see which services and treatments they offer for example dental implants, orthodontics, etc, up to date news and events and even see who the staff members are.
An interviewer will look favourably on you if you have shown that you have taken an interest in the practice, for example, you could ask how their tooth whitening system works. Most dental practice websites have a team page where you can see who works at the practice along with their role, you may even see your interviewer’s profile which may show their dental experience and even perhaps their social interests. Asking them about their dog called Wally or their charity work, for example, will really build up a rapport and demonstrate how personable you are… a key skill for dental nursing!
3. The role itself
If you have been able to access a trainee dental nurse job description or completed an application form… have a think about how you match the skills and attributes required for the role beforehand, this will enable you to sell yourself and explain to the interviewer why you are perfect their practice in this role as a trainee dental nurse on your NEBDN diploma course.
4. Fools rush in
Or so they say.. Be organised and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for and get to the interview. If you can, decide what you are going to wear the night before, have your documents and questions ready so that you can wake up without having lots of jobs to do before you have even left the house. Give yourself more time on the day to read over any questions you would like to ask etc and allow lots of time to get to your interview so that you arrive early and relaxed…which in turn, will make you feel more positive, confident and able to focus on the task in hand… securing that dream dental nursing job!
5. Fill up on positivity
On the day fill up on positivity to get you in the right frame of mind to believe in yourself. Whether it’s reading an inspiring quote, looking at photographs of you achieving previous goals, reading encouraging messages from friends and family, getting a pep talk from a friend of family member….whatever give you that feel good factor… get your fix before your interview to help you feel relaxed and confident.