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While you can present a brilliant CV filled with essential qualifications which meet the job title criteria, you could be just one of a number of potential candidates for the job so it is vital that you perform well in your interview.

To help you to standout in your interview, Buddha Dental Tree team suggest 5 most important tips that will enable you to impress your potential employer and, hopefully, earn you a job at the dental surgery.

First impressions counts

The first impressions really are the most important in an interview. Employers can take an immediate liking or dislike to someone who turns up looking unprofessional, i.e. dressed informally, unshaven, covered in make-up or wearing too much jewellery. For men, dressing in a suit or at least a shirt and tie is a must, while women should favour a smart dress or blouse and skirt, which will give a professional look, but don’t go showing too much leg or wearing insanely high heels

Do your research

If you walk into an interview unprepared, you won’t get the job. It’s a harsh fact, but it is a fact. Do your research into the dental workplace whether private/NHS/mixed, name of the founder of dental surgery, the year they were formed, the name of the boss/principal of practice, a number of their other locations, team members , their role etc. Now days most dental workplaces have a website, so it’s just a matter of devoting some time by browsing through it.

Answer the questions.

A common interview mistake is to start “waffling” and moving away from the topic by saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear. In some cases, the person interviewing you, just want you to answer the question they have asked. If it’s a short, to the point answer, so be it.

Be able to demonstrate why they should employ you.

If a job description asks for a good communicator, be confident and give good quality answers, don’t clam up and go quiet. Similarly, if it asks for experience with certain dental skills like mixing alginate, discuss your experience and efficiency and how you plan to make it even better

Have a positive body language.

While it may be your most comfortable way of sitting, a slouched position in the chair will give the impression of someone who isn’t interested. If you sit up straight and look the interviewer in the eye as much as possible, smile and laugh, then it will make them think you could be one of the potential candidates for the advertised position.

Having landed yourself an interview, the most important thing to do is to come out of it feeling as though you’ve done your best. If you’ve answered the questions to the best of your ability and shown them what makes you the perfect candidate, you can do no more. Good luck!