How to Prepare for an Interview for an Admin Position

December 15th, 2011

You have landed the interview you want for the administrative position you need. Now, you are trying to get yourself ready to go and ace it. What should you do to prepare for such an interview? Chances are good you will do well on this interview if you take a few steps now to fully prepare for it. It does not have to be hard or time consuming to do so either.

Tips for Interviewing for the Admin Position

The following tips can help you to do well in any administrative position you are applying for this time around. As an admin professional chances are good you will be working hand in hand with others. This means that not only are the answers to the questions important, but so is the way you answer them. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

  • Know what the company is looking for when it comes to computer skills. Often, this is one of the most important features for individuals working in these positions. Having at least the minimum required skills is often necessary to get into an interview.
  • The phone is your best friend as an administrative assistant. Do you have good phone communication skills? Are you organized enough to handle a high-paced phone system? Be sure to know how to do this as well as how to do it well.
  • Chances are good you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Know them. An administrative professional needs to be computer literate, but also organized, positive, motivating and a leader.
  • Stress and pressure can also be a tipping point with some professionals. It is a good idea for you to be ready to answer questions about how you handle stressful situations. It is often important for you to verbalize this. You may say that you are organized and can keep a cool head under pressure. You may wish to describe what you’ve done in the past to manage a stressful environment.

Depending on the position you are applying for and your work experience, the interviewer may ask you questions about managing others. You may also need to demonstrate skills and proficient in various computer programs or with various phone systems. Be ready to roll up your sleeves to show off your skills. Even more so, the interviewer may ask you bizarre, non-traditional questions to find out what you are like. Answer those questions honestly and with as much information as you can that is on point.

The best way to be ready for this interview is to turn on your charm. Your job will involve working with other people so you will need to demonstrate your ability to do just that. Have a positive attitude and be professional. It is a good idea to showcase your personality during these interviews as that is one of your biggest selling features. This is especially true if you are working the front lines with customers. If you can be positive, outgoing and a nice person to be around during your interview, you will be one step closer to landing the big job.

4 Types of People Who Might be Interviewing You, and How to Prepare

November 21st, 2011

Sometimes a job interview can be a great experience. You seem to relate well with the interview, are on the same wave length, and come away feeling positive. Other times there just is no connection with the interviewer. There may be moments of awkward silence and miscommunication. As a candidate, you may even walk away confused and unsure if you’ve said something wrong.

Did you know that there are different kinds of people who conduct job interviews and they can set the tone of the interview process? This tone may be reflected by the way the interviewer is as a person. It may also be conditions of the company that influence the way an interview is done. Knowing some of the types of interviewers you are dealing with can help the applicant get ready for the interview.

Here are the 4 types of interviewers you may encounter, to help you prepare:

Mirror Image Interviewer

People often associate the most with things they are familiar with. People congregate with people and organizations that they can associate with and relate to. This is true in some interview situations. Job interviewers may remember applicants with the same interests and styles they have. One way to prepare for this is to mirror the interviewer’s posture and tone. Try to catch areas of interest with the interview and express some common ground with it.

Mr. or Ms. Perfect, Perfect

Some hiring personnel come in to an interview with a management style that demands perfection. Companies want the best employees they can find but interviewers can have unrealistic expectations. They get caught up in the credentials of employees from past jobs rather than the ability to work for their company. One way to deal with this interviewer type is to highlight essential qualifications and how previous accomplishments can translate to the new company your interviewing for.

Tread with Cautionista

Some interviewers may proceed cautiously because of previous hiring mistakes. They want to be thorough in their hiring decision and will take their time in the hiring process. A jog interview may not give enough information about whether someone makes a good employee. Hiring slowly can be counterproductive by not having clear goals for the candidate process. Continual communication with the interviewer with follow up contacts thanking them for interviews shows you are still interested.

I’m in Crisis Mode

Some interviewers may approach an interview as filling positions as soon as possible. They may wait until the last minute to start hiring. They have limited time and see hiring as only being something absolutely necessary for continued growth. With their back against the wall they attempt to fill open positions frantically. Prepare for interviews like these by showing how skills are a good fit for the company.

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