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New grad: Are hygiene interviews normally done by a dental assistant?

I am a recent graduate. I have been temping and going to interviews for jobs. The majority of interviews I’v been going to have been conducted by an RDA. Is this the norm? My interviews’ average have been 5-7 minutes long and consist of what wage I desire and if I can work on a Saturday. I understand weeding out applicants, but wouldn’t the DDS want to see who is being screened? I’m just reaching out to see if this is what to expect now a days or if I should avoid this type of office. Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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In my experience, I’ve never been interviewed by a dental assistant; always the office manager, doctor, or both. Nor have my interviews been under 10 minutes; how can they make a decision in only 5-7 minutes? I wonder if offices that do this are having such high turn over that they are having to interview so much so an assistant does them. If an office is going to hire someone with only a 5 minute interview, I’m not sure if that’s an office that I’d want to work at honestly. It just seems they don’t care much about hygiene or quality of care really. In my opinion it seems like a red flag. The best of luck to you!

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