Tips for office assistant interviews.

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Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming office assistant interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

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anonymous in Ottawa, Illinois

11 months ago

I was asked what my strengths were. The hard question was "Tell us about a mistake you have made?" They don't really care about what the mistake was, but what you did to prevent it from happening again.

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JM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11 months ago

That "7% of how we communicate happens with our words. The other 93% is NON-VERBAL" is false. If that were true, deaf people wouldn't have ever needed sign language.

A lot the questions are (and this is for any job): "What have you done in the past when x happened?"

With an office assistant, that's usually questions dealing with prioritizing tasks and handling difficult people. Prepare your answers in advance. Write yourself a few stories to prepare yourself. You don't want to sound rehearsed, but you do want to know you sound like you're confident in what you're talking about.

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