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If you are going to interview for an Executive Assistant position at a decently established firm chances are your first round of interview will be by a fellow Executive Assistant. Admins work very closely together on a day to day basis and most firms have a decent sized team. So, look up LinkedIn profiles of possible future colleagues and do as much research before the interview day. It is good to know your audience as every little bit helps.
Organizational skills - I try to understand how the candidate deals with workflow on hectic days and will prioritize tasks. It is good to have some anecdotes in mind.
Work ethic - As an Executive Assistant I am privy to very confidential emails, private discussions and documents. I’d like to understand if the candidate understands the importance of this role. Is she/he careless or discreet about access to such information and can prevent anything from leaking out?
Commitment - The entire process of finding the right person is time consuming. So, I’d like to understand if the job is a short term commitment or a long term commitment? How long is the commute? What kind of flexibility they have in terms of work hours? etc.
Technical Skills - Although most Executive Assistants / Admin Assistants spend most of their time using MS Office products times have been changing. I work on both the MAC operating system and the Windows operating system. So, it is probably good to be efficient on both platforms (if you have access). If not, then I’d like to know the candidate is at least willing to learn new tools that will help be more productive at work.
Passion - For me, it is OK if your most recent job wasn’t as an Executive Assistant. I want to know what brings you in to interview today and why you’d be a good fit for the position?
Personality - I’d like to understand how your friend’s describe you? What are your hobbies? Do you work better in a team or solo? What types of personalities you work best with? etc.
Hope this helps! Are you interested in becoming an Executive Assistant and currently in the market for job? Send me a message or reply on my Facebook page. I always know of openings from my internal network.
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