Interview tip of the day

For Executive Assistant and Administrative Assistant positions…

When interviewing for an Executive or Administrative Assistant position, the focus of the conversation should be what you (as a great assistant) can do for them – not the other way around.

The essence of any administrative support position is customer service based, with your “customer” being the person or team you support. So, during the interview show them that this is the type of person you are. If you are too aggressive in your interview style by asking questions about why they would be a great company or boss, you are sending the wrong signal. Rather, take the approach of figuring out how you can help them, ask those questions. That is the personality type most likely to be hired in a support role.

There is a time and place for asking “what-can-you-do-for-me” questions, but cross those bridges much later in the interview process. Setting the right tone early on is much more important.