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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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A Short Version of this test is available.   What's the Difference?

Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Dental Assistant (Short)

Dental Assistant

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

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.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

About the test (Full Version)

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 and Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
Personality
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

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
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$27,980 or less
Bottom 25%:
$33,440 or less
Median:
$40,080 (Average)
Top 25%:
$48,550 or more
Top 10%:
$56,930 or more

Hourly US Wages (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$13.45 or less
Bottom 25%:
$16.08 or less
Median:
$19.27 (Average)
Top 25%:
$23.34 or more
Top 10%:
$27.37 or more

US Employment Statistics
2019:
354,600
2029 (projected):
378,000
Annual U.S. Job Openings:39,000

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Production and Processing
  • Clerical
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Recognition
  • Near Vision
  • Written Comprehension
  • Speech Clarity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • 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, Dentist Attendant, Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Orthodontist Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Complete a time-sheet.
  • Estimate gross pay for a month.
  • Review and explain work schedule guidelines.
  • Review and explain corporate policies to colleagues.
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