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Dental Assistant

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - assist in examining or treating dental or medical patients
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Getting Information

About the test

The HR Avatar Dental Assistant Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Dental Assistant test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
Personality
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:31-9091.00
Simulation Context:General Hourly
O*Net Context:Healthcare Support
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$25,460 or less
Bottom 25%:
$30,410 or less
Median:
$36,940 (Average)
Top 25%:
$45,170 or more
Top 10%:
$52,000 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$12.24 or less
Bottom 25%:
$14.62 or less
Median:
$17.76 (Average)
Top 25%:
$21.72 or more
Top 10%:
$25.00 or more

US Employment Statistics
2014:
318,800
2024 (projected):
377,400
Annual U.S. Job Openings:13,750

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Production and Processing
  • Clerical
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Recognition
  • Written Comprehension
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Speech Clarity
  • Inductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
9%
Post-Secondary Certificate:
63%
Some College:
8%
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
12%
Professional Degree:
6%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
None:
11%
Less than 1 Month:
10%
1 - 3 Months:
11%
3 - 6 Months:
9%
6 Months - 1 Year:
31%
1 - 2 Years:
28%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Aide, Dental Assistant (DA), Dental Nurse, Dental Office Manager, Dentist Attendant, Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Orthodontic Technician, Orthodontist Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant

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"The value received far exceeds the price"
"Truly takes out the guess work"
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Activities performed during the Test
  • Accurately complete a time-sheet.
  • Estimate total earnings for a pay period.
  • Review and explain work schedule guidelines.
  • Communicate corporate policies to colleagues.
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