Top tips for interviewers

Top tips for interviewers

 

When it comes to interviews, often the first thought that springs to mind is about the interviewee feeling nervous but what about the person on the other side of the table?

 

If you’re the interviewer, it can often feel just as daunting. Not only will you have to ask the right questions to get enough information about each candidate, you’ll want to get a good measure of whether they’ll fit in with the existing team, and you also need to show the business itself as a good prospect. That’s a lot of ground to cover in a fairly short space of time!

 

Here are our top tips for interviewers to make sure you are cool, calm, and collected when you need to be…

 

Create a structure

You will be leading the proceedings so it makes sense to have a structure to follow; this avoids long pauses, keeps things professional, and ensures that nothing is missed. This only needs to be simple, such as: providing a brief outline of the company, a description of what the role will entail, your questions for the interviewee (including anything specific for each person), and then the opportunity for them to ask questions.

 

Be prepared

Make sure you have read the candidate’s CV and covering letter in advance, and write down any questions that are specific to that person, such as an unexplained employment gaps.

 

Don’t talk too much

If you stick to your structure you should cover the right amount of ground necessary in terms of providing a background for the role and business, etc. While you want to put the candidate at ease, try to avoid chatting too much off subject as this may skew your judgement when making decisions over who to hire – someone you simply got on well with may not necessarily be right person for the position.

 

Follow up

Provide the candidate with a timeframe of when they can expect to hear from you and be prepared to offer useful feedback, too. If your decision is delayed for any reason, let them know rather than leaving them hanging.

 

We also suggest starting off by offering the candidate a glass of water or hot drink as this can help to ease those initial nerves, and wearing what you would normally wear for work each day as this shows what is expected and keeps you comfortable, too. If you’re looking for the perfect candidate for a position in your dental practice, join the Dental Circle Jobs community today!

Top tips on searching for your next job

Top tips on searching for your next job

 

Once you’ve decided to make your next career move, it is vital to start your search off on the right foot. However, it may have been a while since you last went through the process, so to refresh your memory here are our top tips on where to begin…

 

Define what you want

Before you begin your search, decide on a few important factors to ensure that you are looking for the right job for you. Things to consider are the role itself, the salary you are expecting, and the location. At Dental Circle Jobs, we can help you to find the perfect new position, but you do need to have a good idea of what you really want from your next career move!

 

Spread the word

As with most things, success often comes from good, old-fashioned word of mouth so use your own network to your advantage. Talk to as many people as possible, and if it’s appropriate you could even post on social media. You never know who knows who, or where the next potential job opening might come from.

 

Spruce up your CV

Your CV is the first impression you make to a potential new employer, so you need to ensure that it is on point. Make sure it is up to date and tailored to the role you are applying for. For more of our CV tips, click here.

 

Post your CV online

Job sites that allow you to post your CV online will attract employers to you. So while you’re searching for the perfect role, they’re also hunting for the right candidate (which could be you). Finding a good place to post your CV can really increase your chances, which is why Dental Circle Jobs works so well for so many people! If you’re looking for your next move in your dental career, join our community today.

Interview questions!

The most dreaded interview questions… and how to answer them!

 

So you found the dream role, applied for it, and got an interview… that’s great news and you should be proud of yourself! Once the high has settled and the interview dates creeps ever closer, the nerves start to kick in and all sorts of worries pass through your mind. As every interview is different, it can feel like a difficult thing to prepare for.

 

One thing is for sure, you will be asked plenty of questions! While there will be some that are specific to each role, there are a few that crop up quite often, and they tend to be the ones we all dread the most. So let’s take a look at them, and how you can respond…

 

  1. Tell me about yourself

Where on Earth do you even begin with this one? Of course, the interviewer will have already read your CV, so try not to give a potted employment history. Instead expand on some key aspects of your experience, skills or training that are particularly relevant to the job role, and give a little insight into your personality and hobbies to show how you may fit in to the business and team. This will usually be an opening question, so try to prepare to avoid feeling as though you’ve stumbled at the first hurdle.

 

  1. What are your strengths?

Most people assume this is an easy one, but don’t be tempted to reel off a list of ‘obvious’ answers, such as ‘hard working’, or ‘team player’. Instead, think about some strengths that are unique to you and backed up by experience, skills, or training, and then discuss these in context to the role you are interviewing for.

 

  1. What are your weaknesses?

This is one of the questions that strikes the most fear among interviewees, why would you want to highlight your worst traits? In fact, being able to discuss areas where you might like to improve shows a level of maturity and honesty as well as an aspiration to want to do better and grow within your career.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Think about this one in relation to the role you are interviewing for and be prepared with some answers beforehand. Don’t be shy about sharing your goals and ambitions for the future, an employee who has vision is attractive to an employer.

 

  1. Do you have any questions?

The rule of thumb here is to ask some questions! Have a couple readily prepared about specifics of the job or the business, but also ask something in relation to certain aspects that have touched upon briefly during the interview. This shows that you have been listening and are interested in the role and the company, which will help you to stand out.

 

If this has given you some inspiration to find your next career move, head to www.dentalcirclejobs.com to search our current list of job roles.

Money Talks

Money talks

 

While you might have found your true calling in dentistry, you should still feel properly remunerated for the job you carry out. It’s great to love what you do, but none of us can live off thin air! However, many of us find it really tricky to discuss the subject of money, which often leaves us earning perhaps less than we deserve. So, what’s the best way to go about this very ‘un-British’ task of salary talk?

 

Do your research

Before you begin any negotiation, whether in an existing role or an interview, you need to know your worth. Look into what others with your skillset and experience are earning to give you a good benchmark. Not only will this will help you to back up your salary demands, it will also prevent you from accepting too low a value.

 

Become a negotiator

If you’re interviewing for a new job and the topic of salary comes up, be prepared. Have a figure in mind (from your previous research) and try to get the interviewer to show their cards first. If, however, they ask you what you’re expecting you can turn the tables by asking the salary range they have in mind. You can always turn down a job if you feel the salary is too low, in the hope that they will increase the offer to sway your decision. Be warned though, this is a risky strategy, especially if the role is perfect in every other way.

 

Push for perks

Remember that remuneration isn’t just about cold, hard cash. Employee benefits can be just as beneficial, especially if they save you money in other areas, such as a reduced gym membership or health insurance. Take any job perks into consideration before making a decision based purely on the salary, and push for some extra benefits if you feel this could balance out a lower salary range.

 

If it’s time to discover your next career move, head to www.dentalcirclejobs.com to search our current list of job roles.

How to write a good CV

How to write a good CV

 

Whether you’ve been applying for jobs and getting no interviews, or if you’re just about to start your search, it’s more than likely that your CV requires a little attention. It’s no good just casually updating it a little and sending it out in a blanket approach, with such a competitive field out there, your CV has to shine and make you stand out from the crowd.

 

The first thing to do is to make sure the correct information is included, which should be as follows:

  • Personal details
  • Education and qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References.

Once you have ensured that all of the above is present and correct, here are a few other factors to bear in mind…

 

Tailor it to the role

This is possibly the most important aspect of creating a good CV. Once you have included everything in the list above, go through it with a fine toothcomb and think of your specific skills or experience areas that would relate to the role you’re applying for and then highlight these! Read the job description thoroughly to properly ascertain what the employer wants, and then use your own attributes to answer their calling. Do this for each role you apply for as it is possible that each one will require something slightly different from their new employee.

 

Be concise and accurate

Put yourself in the employer’s shoes for a moment. He or she is possibly short staffed with limited time on their hands, and they will have a multitude of job applications to sift through. Keep yours concise and to the point, you don’t want them to lose them before they’ve read about your best attributes. There’s no defined rule for how long a CV should be, although many suggest keeping it to two sides of A4. We also recommend checking for correct spelling and grammar, as mistakes can be very off-putting – ask a trusted friend to read through to spot any errors.

 

Format and layout

Space sections out so that they are clearly defined and use a bold font to head up each section. Use a clear, professional font throughout, such as Arial or Calibri, and steer clear of using too many colours or over-formatting – your CV should be pleasant to look at.

 

Keep it up to date

Make sure your latest experience and qualifications are included and if there are any gaps in your employment explain them rather than leaving a question mark that could put your potential new employer off. List your work experience and qualifications in order, with the most recent first.

 

Remember that your CV is your first chance to shine in front of a new employer, and if it doesn’t stand out you won’t even make it to the interview stage. With some careful thought and a little editing, your CV can do the hard work for you, so try our tips above to help take your career to the next level. For the latest roles in the dental profession, head to www.dentalcirclejobs.com today!

Start your new story

Start your new story

For many, a new year provides the perfect opportunity for a clean slate and a fresh start. It’s often viewed as a new book or chapter, with plenty of blank pages to fill up with more interesting, exciting, and successful stories, that will inevitably lead on to bigger and better sagas in the future.

 

This can often mean that lots of us start to search for a new job role, to boost our career, gain more joy from our working life, and earn more money to boot. It also means that many businesses are looking to recruit, sometimes because existing positions have opened up, but often because their goals for enhanced success in the forthcoming year requires a larger team to help achieve this.

 

Discover perfect roles and excellent candidates

At Dental Circle, we began to realise that there was an exceptional opportunity right at our fingertips to create Dental Circle Jobs. To us, it seemed the logical step forward from where we currently are, because with more than 7,000 active members we have the perfect pool of people to connect together.

 

We’re different because our members are from all facets of the dental profession, meaning that whether you’re looking to recruit, or searching for your next move, we’re likely to have the right candidate or position within our existing, and growing, circle.

 

Essentially, our platform is designed for the profession, by the profession, which allows us to offer a personal approach to UK dental jobs. Our ethos is about connecting practices with dental professionals to create matches that are made in heaven!

 

If you’ve decided that 2018 is the beginning of your new story, it’s time to put pen to paper and get it written! Head to www.dentalcirclejobs.com to either post your vacancy or search our current list of positions – we look forward to hearing your fresh narrative!

Speciality Training, is it for me?

Why

Becoming a specialist allows a dentist to focus their career on a particular field of dentistry. Usually, this is a speciality that one both enjoys and has an aptitude for. As a specialist, you would hope to have the resources to provide the highest standard of advanced care in your chosen field. Being a specialist can be incredibly stimulating, satisfying and rewarding.

With the changes being introduced in the new dental contract, including the favoured employment of Dental Care Professionals for the bulk of simple work, dentists will need to develop a career pathway to include some form of extra training or specialisation if they are to compete successfully. Speciality training is, however, a huge personal and financial commitment. Therefore, the decision of choosing a career pathway needs to be absolutely certain before entry.

When

In order to meet the GDC’s entry requirements into speciality training, applicants must demonstrate they have had broad based training, normally over a period of two years of postgraduate study, and have achieved the foundation competences as set out in the Dental Foundation Curriculum. As a result, a minimum of two years post qualification is essential. If one applies for speciality training at this point, the applicant needs to be certain on their choice and should have completed all essential and ideally desirable entry requirements.

Advantages of commencing specialist training early include the ability of younger adults to more rapidly absorb information and swing back into the mode of revision than someone who has been away from studying for over ten years. Often, personal circumstances and commitments are less of a burden at a younger age. Importantly, there is not usually a significant financial setback to earnings on beginning the training programme in comparison to a well-established dentist. Moreover, if an individual is highly passionate about a particular speciality and is confident in pursuing it further, there may be little benefit in waiting for another few years before applying.

However, a more established dentist is likely to have a broader and stronger base of general dentistry before entering speciality training and this can help in understanding concepts and picking up skills. At an early stage, some may not have a clear idea of which speciality they wish to enter, or may be unsure of whether they wish to ultimately complete speciality training; in these cases, it is important to follow an initial career plan which keeps other options open.

How

Ticking the boxes
Entry into speciality training is highly competitive and there are a number of requirements that need to be met to ensure an application has a high chance of being short-listed.

It is essential to hold a dental degree registered with the GDC, complete a period of dental foundation training and achieve the MJDF or MFDS postgraduate qualification. Varied clinical experience, both in practice and a hospital setting is imperative. Some hospital posts may be more relevant for particular specialties so it is important to pick your training posts wisely. The next step is to aim to distinguish oneself from other candidates. Academic achievements are important; undergraduate as well as postgraduate prizes and presentations will enhance any application. Publications demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm, intellect and good organisational skills. Examples of publications include book reviews, letters to journals, opinion pieces, case reports, literature reviews and individual research findings. It is important to gain experience of some form of research, as this can be an integral part of a training programme. It is useful to accomplish some of this during hospital posts, as access to material, supervision and guidance is more readily available. Audits are easy to complete in a general practice setting. Try to base your audit on a unique topic so it stands out from the usual themes.

Continual professional development through attendance of courses and lectures shows a passion for education. Choose your courses and lectures wisely; ensure these are plentiful for your chosen speciality as these provide evidence of your interest in the subject. Membership of the relevant societies is also highly recommended; you may even consider attending an annual meeting or conference.

Making decisions

Once the speciality has been decided, it is worthwhile looking at online information, talking to current speciality registrars and visiting each teaching school. This will allow consolidation of your speciality choice and will also help find out more about the programmes offered at different institutes.

Choosing the teaching school that will suit you best can be a difficult decision; it is an individual choice and requires careful consideration. Some courses offer teaching by problem based learning, whereas others provide more didactic style teaching. A certain teaching style may better suit your method of learning and hence this is an important factor to take into account. Visiting the dental hospital can give you first-hand experience of the general vibe and environment. Often there is a choice of completing the programme part-time or full time. A part-time course allows the treatment of cases over a longer period; this may be important for specialties such a Periodontics. Part-time also provides an opportunity to continue clinical work in a practice setting and importantly gives a source of income. Completing a programme full-time is quicker and, some may argue, allows complete self-focus on the training.

Discussions with existing specialists, consultant colleagues and former lecturers will offer an invaluable insight into the career and lifestyle that follows the training.

Application and Interview

If you’ve ticked all the boxes, selected your speciality and chosen the institute(s) you wish to apply to, you can formally begin your application process. Usually this is an online submission. Ensure that all deadlines are clear in your diary as submission dates for applications are strict. You need to leave plenty of time to work on your application, as many drafts may be required. The application form consists of a number of sections including: personal details, qualifications and employment. The most important part of the application form is the personal statement section. In this section, it is significant that you concisely explain why you want to do the speciality, what evidence you have of your interest, your experience so far and why you have chosen that particular teaching hospital. Each programme will have a person specification to highlight specific criteria. Highlighting that you meet these criteria in the personal statement can work well. It is important to attach your CV to the application. This will summarise your academic achievements and employment. Try avoiding repetition between the personal statement and CV. You are required to submit the details of two referees; it is prudent to have one hospital-based referee and one practice-based.

A good interview requires practise and thorough preparation. The better prepared you are for the interview, the more confident you will be and the more likely you are to succeed. When you receive the news you have been short-listed, arrange a mock interview with a colleague with experience of the specialist interview process. This will provide invaluable insight into what sort of questions you are likely to be asked and some you will acquire immediate feedback on your general performance. It may also be useful to ask the recent speciality registrars of their interview experience. Interviews are usually not very technical but some light background reading on the speciality is recommended. Interview help books are available and can provide excellent information on techniques as well as favourite topics, for example, clinical governance. For the interview, arrive on time and dress smartly. At the end of the interview, you may be asked if you have any questions, only ask if it is relevant. Maintain professionalism throughout the interview, do not interrupt or criticise anyone, regularly smile and thank the panel for their time.

Last but not least…

Your first application or interview may not be successful so be prepared for this and do not be discouraged. You will gain useful experience of the application and interview process and this will stand you in good stead for your next opportunity.

Courtesy of Dr Reena Wadia

Reference:

Speciality training – why, when and how?