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Secretary Training Interview Tips

Updated on December 11, 2016

Many of us may be looking to find a new job in the not so distant future. It can often be hard to start interviewing for jobs again in this scenario, as you may not have been in this position for a long time. Here are some guiders for new job-seekers that we often tell our students.

Firstly, make sure that you stay calm which can be harder to do in reality. However, there are things that you can do to minimise your stress. You can ensure that you arrive on time, by planning out your route the day before and a contingent route. This will avoid arriving panicked, which will make it difficult to relax. Remember if you are relaxed, you will think clearly and give a good response to any questions.

Your appearance is very important, as you will need to be well presented. Make sure that you are wearing clothes that look professional and fit well. Also, ensure that there are no dramatic fashion statements and that your look is neutral, so as to avoid any negative responses. If you are dressed professionally it will demonstrate conscientiousness and dignity in the interview.

You must prepare fully

Prepare for the interview with practice questions; get a friend to read your questions. This will give you confidence and enable you to answer with fluidity and self-assurance. It is true that you will not be able to perfectly predict questions, but increasingly competency questions do come up. These questions can be give me an example of you working in a team or some other example of demonstrating a skill. Also, be clear on why you are leaving your previous job and why you want to have this job. An ability to give a clear and fluent answer will put any interviewer at ease.

It will be necessary to plan your interview out by researching the company. This is easy to do by searching the company’s website or even search for new articles. An awareness of a major event in the company’s recent history, such as a merger, acquisition or redundancy would show a real interest.

Finally, use the information that you have used to asked questions. This will show that you have been thinking seriously about the job and that you are an independent thinker. Questions that show the research that you have done can be excellent way to impress the employer. These guiders are very generic for Secretarial jobs; you possibly will need to make an effort to adapt to your job type and company if necessary.


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