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Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Dental Hygienist

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.

About the test

The HR Avatar Dental Hygienist 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 Hygienist 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
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • 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:29-2021.00
Simulation Context:General Hourly
O*Net Context:Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$50,870 or less
Bottom 25%:
$60,500 or less
$72,910 (Average)
Top 25%:
$86,390 or more
Top 10%:
$100,170 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$24.46 or less
Bottom 25%:
$29.09 or less
$35.05 (Average)
Top 25%:
$41.53 or more
Top 10%:
$48.16 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:7,030

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Computers and Electronics
Top Skills
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Service Orientation
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Writing
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Near Vision
  • Oral Expression
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Speech Clarity
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
Less than 1 Month:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
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: Dental Hygienist, Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator, Dental Nurse, Education Coordinator, Hygienist, Implant Coordinator, Oral Hygienist, Pediatric Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Correctly fill in a time sheet.
  • Estimate monthly earnings.
  • Convey work schedule guidelines to a co-worker.
  • Remember and explain corporate policies to colleagues.
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