4 Traits to Look for when Hiring a New Dental Assistant

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Dental assistants are in high demand and, according to data put together by the United States Department of Labor, that isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon! In fact, from 2016 to 2026, the employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 19%. This will make for a competitive job market for dental assistants, meaning that you can be more selective when hiring a new dental assistant in your office.

4 Traits to Look for When Hiring a New Dental Assistant

Below are 4 important traits to look for when you’re hiring a new dental assistant at your practice:

  1. Good work ethic – The daily grind in your dental office can seem chaotic. There is always something that needs to be done and not always enough people working on everything. Look for a dental assistant who has a willingness to jump in and help once they have completed their own duties.
  2. Onboard with your practice’s mission – A good dental assistant uses their expertise to identify treatments that your patients may benefit from and suggest these specific procedures to your patients. This is tricky because it’s easy to come off as overwhelming, pushy, or like you’re trying to sell something. Good dental assistants know how to bring these up and pick the right moment.
  3.  Effective communication skills – Great dental assistants do so much more than take X-rays or help you to complete procedures. Truly great dental assistants are able to develop a relationship and rapport with your patients; calming nervous patients during procedures and allowing you to work in a calm, relaxed environment.
  4. Eager to learn – Your new dental assistant should pursue educational opportunities beyond the required amount. Fulfilling the dental board’s requirement is important, but going above and beyond to learn new technologies and techniques shows that your new employee takes a go-getter approach to education!

Here at CTC Associates, we know that you’ve poured your heart and soul into your dental practice. It’s important that you can hire employees with plenty of passion about your mission. If you’d like information about how to improve your dental practice and train employees, please don’t hesitate to contact CTC Associates today!

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

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