The Best Assistant Interview Tips

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In this blog, we will cover a few resume and… Career Management Etiquette Interpersonal Skills Networking Self Development interview advice interview tips resumeAre you in the market for a new job? You’re not alone.

Core soft skill: Resilience

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Today I am going to start a new one – Core Skills. I’m not just going to write about which skills we need I am also going to look at how these skills are linked to the role specifically. I was used to answering the standard interview questions about soft skills but I hadn’t really delved very deeply into the practical aspects of that skill and how it made me stand out as a better candidate and Executive Assistant.

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How to Prepare for a Successful Zoom Interview

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Live video interviews are becoming increasingly common in a job search today. Whether it takes over Skype or Zoom, don’t be surprised if you are invited in a live video interview. As today’s pandemic has hit, remote job interviews are becoming a trend.

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8 Interview Tips For Introverts

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The thought of talking spontaneously to total strangers brings sweaty beads of nervousness on the forehead, and interviews are just as much of a challenge, if not more of a challenge. The stakes of the situation are high and you’re asked to talk about yourself while marketing your skills and talents. I understand that meeting new people and conversing costs you a lot of energy, but you cannot keep skipping those interviews just because you don’t like to open up.

Can YOU Control the Interview?

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Think what the interview is all about. It’s about the interviewer’s perception regarding your fit into the organization’s culture combined with your ability to perform the job very well. No interviewer is looking for Mr. Average. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Development Career Transition hiring manager interview preparation Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation Personal Branding Winning Interview Strategies

5 College Skills That Have Lasting Value

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Between writing essays, going into interviews, and managing deadlines, you refine several skills while you’re applying for college. Those skills are important because not only do they help you get into your dream college, but they can also help you find jobs and manage your career. Here are some of the best college skills that can help you achieve success in your life. Creativity goes hand-in-hand with writing skills.

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How to nail a video interview

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No surprise then that the vast majority of employers now use video as part of their interview process, saying it saves a significant amount of time on face-to-face interviews and gives hiring managers a strong understanding of who will fit in a specific role and company culture. For PAs and EAs in particular, where success in the role is just as much down to personality and “fit” as it is to hard skills, video as an interview tool makes a lot of sense.

The Interview: Why Wasn’t I Chosen

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From the interviewer’s vantage point, the selection process is about availability and choices. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Transition interview interview preparation job interview Job Interview CoachingThat principle applies to many things the rest of us do, too, throughout the day.

How to Improve Your Skype Job Interview

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An additional burden has been imposed lately on job candidates because more and more companies are trying to save money by resorting to Skype or video interviewing. As if it’s not already difficult to prepare for and undergo an interview, nowadays one has to be an actor on camera on top of that. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Consulting interview tips Job Interview Coaching Skype video interview

The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

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Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interviews Job hunting Office manager PA Personal AssistantWe all know that it is getting more challenging to get your CV past the recruitment algorithms that are employed to filter applications and we also know that in a crowded market we need our CV to stand out. My advice has always been to tailor your CV depending on the role, which you should […].

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10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

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Passing a job interview is not as easy as before. Today, you need to do more than just offer a firm handshake to your interviewer, make eye contact, and nod pleasantly now and then. Let the interviewer know you’re looking for job stability and that you aren’t planning to use this job as a temporary stopping point in your quest for a better position. Give a positive reason, such as you left to take advantage of another opportunity that was better suited to your skills. .

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Overqualified and Interviewing

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I knew with my experience and overqualifications the interview committee would want to know why I would be willing to take a pay cut and less work responsibilities. When you can add comments during the interview that show you have knowledge of a mission statement or current project it indicates your interest and you’d be invested in the position/company even if you are overqualified. Be familiar with names of those interviewing you and department heads you’d work with.

How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

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Home Founder Resume Writing Career Coaching Marketing Yourself Selling Yourself Job Stress General Advice Interview Skills "The Relocated Spouse [link] — jobconnection How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills On August 2, 2010, In Interview Skills by Alex Freund , By Alex Freund 1 An interview is a business transaction wherein the objective of the hiring manager (the person who has the authority to hire) is to make a selection among job candidates called in for interviews.

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Have a Successful Job Interview with These Four Steps

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You’ve landed an interview. With these 4 P’s, you’ll increase your chances of a successful interview. Preparation is the first step toward a good interview. Assess yourself to identify the skills you have to contribute to a company and job. Take stock, by listing on paper, your: skills and competencies. Keep those things in mind during your interview and take opportunities to demonstrate how you will meet them.

The Psychology of the Job Interview

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Very few people say they genuinely enjoy job interviews. That makes sense because in the same way that most people dislike taking tests, a job interview is a test. Even those who feel confident about their professional past, are up-to-date with job requirement skills, and do not possess many potential liabilities still fear facing the [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund interview preparation interview techniques interview tips Job Search

Tips for Mastering an Online Video Job Interview

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You’ve got an online job interview coming up! Here’s a handy list of online job interview tips to give yourself the best chance of success. You may be quite attached to your “gamewizard96” address from back in the day, but don’t be dusting it off for a job interview. Be sure to confirm all the details with your interviewer in advance of the call. This should include his username, the time, duration, and materials to be prepared for the interview.

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Job Interview Tips for Mature People

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Transition Coaching Individual Career Counseling Mature job seekersTo start with, here are some statistics: Only 28% of workers 55 and older find jobs within one year versus 71% of those aged 25 to 35, reports Career Builder. 63% of workers 55 and older applied for positions at lower levels than their previous jobs. 48% of workers 55 and older found positions at [.].

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

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The caller is from the company’s human resources department and wants to schedule you for an in-person interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Job Advice Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation networking Personal Branding Winning Interview StrategiesSo, finally the phone rings and the caller ID displays the name of a company you sent your résumé to.

Are You Really Good at Job Interviewing?

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Job interviewing is an act. Yes, you are the actor, and both sides know the rules: You, who are one of the candidates for the position, are doing your best to convince the interviewer you are the ideal candidate. The interviewer, who is the audience, has choices, is an independent thinker and often skeptic, and [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview preparation Job Interview Coaching

The Interview Process Needs to Be Understood

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Many interviewers don’t know how to interview, and the majority of candidates are not sufficiently prepared for the test. Because that situation is a given, a candidate can improve the chances for hire by better understanding the interview process itself and the emotional aspects of the interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice interview interview techniques Interview tips by Alex Freund

The Job Interview—Morphed into Something Else

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Not too long ago, much-respected blogger Tim Tyrell-Smith of Tim’s Strategy conducted a survey, clearly finding that interviewers’ number one concern is “fit with the company’s culture.” Interview Skills by Alex FreundFrom other articles on that subject, too, it seems as if the old-fashioned “Tell me about yourself” and “What are your key accomplishments?” questions—even when answered well—are apparently [.].

Why Are Interviewers So Selective?

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Unlike past scenarios, job interviews have become harder and harder. Employers have an abundance of very qualified applicants, many of them working with interview coaches to elevate their interviewing skills. There are many books available to job seekers to read and brush up on interviewing [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Coaching by Judi Perkins career counselor interview interview techniques job market Resume

Women versus Men in Job Interviews and Salary Negotiations

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For both genders, anxiety before the interview may be present, but studies show that women handle it better. And women are more prone to do mock interviews with those colleagues and friends more than men are. [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice gender difference interview preparation men vs. womenWomen adapt more proactively than men do. Women seek social support from colleagues and friends more than men do.

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

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A job interview is the final step before getting the job. Preparing for the interview is not to be taken lightly. Interview Skills by Alex Freund interview tips Job Advice job interview preparation Job Search networking Winning Interview StrategiesIt’s the most critical step because if the candidate does not convince the decision maker of being the ideal candidate, the job goes to someone else.

Interview questions and answers for assistants part 5

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I’ve written four blog posts on interview questions specific to PAs, EAs and Administrative Assistants and they are all extremely popular so I thought I’d add another ten questions that I have been asked at various interviews over the years and my answers. This time I will focus on two specific interview questions – career development and scenario based questions. Setting that goal not only meant I received a promotion but I picked up many new skills along the way.”

Which secretary skills are worth keeping?

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I think it is about time we celebrate our fore-sister’s skills. After all some secretary skills are still worth keeping! We don’t have the typing pool anymore but typing skills are still very much a basic requirement of the assistant role. In the early days of my career I lost out on a few roles because I didn’t have shorthand but, I would say, in the last six years it has rarely come up in an interview let alone in the role itself.

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The Art and Science of the Face-to-Face Interview

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Consider yourself very lucky for being considered for a face-to-face interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund "Career Change" Individual Career Counseling interview Job Advice Job SearchIt just means that you survived the first phase of the competition; your résumé projected you as someone deserving of further exploration; and you outshone the vast majority of your competition. The most critical test, however, is still ahead of you. You are at [.].

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators Part 3

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I’ve written two blog posts on interview questions specific to PAs, EAs and admin assistants and they have both proved to be very popular so I thought I’d add another ten questions that I have been asked at various interviews over the years and my answers for them. You do want the interviewer to pick you so really emphasis your strong points, your unique attributes and why you would be a brilliant person to employ.

The Anatomy of the Job Interview

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There are a few basics that every person who’s preparing for or facing a job interview should know. A job interview is not an interrogation or an investigation. Interview Skills by Alex FreundYou are not guilty and you are not on trial. In fact, you have a great opportunity to get an exciting job. But before that, let’s understand [.].

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 6

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In my last blog I wrote about interview questions regarding career development and a few example answers. These questions can be a little scary but I actually think they are easier to answer than standard interview questions. When asking a competency question the interviewer will ask you to give an example from your past experiences rather than answer in general terms. During every competency based interview I have been asked about my people management skills.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Must-Have Skills for 2017

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What are the eight must-have skills for executive and administrative assistants for today? As you enter into 2017, be sure you are equipped with this top-notch skill set. Joan also talks about one bonus skill, tune in to see what it is. We invite you to watch the webinar replay: Must-Have Skills for 2017. Download the Webinar Handout: Must Have Skills For 2017. Download Your Certificate of Attendance: Certificate-Of-Attendance-Must Have Skills.

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Are You Nervous before the Job Interview?

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Most people are nervous before a job interview. A job interview is nothing less than an oral exam. Interview Skills by Alex FreundAnd that’s normal. In most cases, it is very important because the outcome could change a person’s future, milieu, income, and so on. But when large groups of people are asked whether they feel nervous before an [.].

Video Interviewing for the Unemployed

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Video interviewing or Skype interviewing as sometimes it is called adds a whole new dimension of difficulty to job candidates. Interview Skills by Alex FreundActing out the role of a candidate is something that one needs training with and frequent practice.

Interview with the PC: What’s Next?

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Interview Skills by Alex FreundYou want a job? Prepare to become an actor on camera. Companies are expanding their screening out by using webcam technology.

The Secret of an Excellent Interview

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Brevity is key for a successful job interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

5 Interview Mistakes That Can Get In The Way of Your Dream Job

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Being called in for that exciting first job interview causes a whirlwind of emotions — excitement, nervousness, and fear. The first impression is the only impression that matters on this interview, so what should you avoid? So, let’s see how to be that person by avoiding mistakes most people do on interviews. A study done by Michigan State University Extension shows that people who do not make eye contact often receive comments later about poor communication skills.

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7 Poker Skills You Can Use in Real Life

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Poker is an activity that can teach you useful new abilities and skills. It won’t turn you into a superhero, but it can provide you with sharpened skills that can be helpful in the face of ‘dangerous and risky situations’. Knowing your statistical chances based on a variety of factors alters your preparation for the role, how you approach your interview, and how you justify the pleasure/disappointment when the role is given.

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The Rise of the Skills Training/Job Placement Industry

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  The problem is a mismatch between job skills and job openings. In response to this problem a rapidly growing industry focused on providing skills training and job placement has emerged. A good example is General Assembly , which teaches technology, design and business skills through a variety of part-time and full-time courses. Another example is Korfu , which teaches recent and soon to be college grads basic business skills.

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What the Interviewer Wants to Know about You

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Interviewers have a specific function to perform. They need to go through a selection process that identifies which one of the candidates called in for interviewing is the best one. Interview Skills by Alex FreundBut what does best mean in this context? What are the criteria involved in making this complex evaluation? After all, people are complex too, and [.].

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 4

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Following on from Monday’s blog here are another five interview question and answers specifically for assistants. If the new role requires you to work in a department supporting a number of people the answers should detail the excellent skills you have that will help the team succeed. I do work well on my own but I also like to get involved in projects and feel that I can contribute to any group work either using my creative or organisational skills.

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

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Over the last few years I’ve changed employers a number of times and so have had to face quite a few interviews. I went for one interview at a global accountancy firm and had a full-time permanent role as a team administrator straight away. So what happens when you do land that all important first interview? I’ve always found the best way to prepare for an interview is to think about the subjects you will cover. Filed under: Interviews.

Preparing for the Phone Interview

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Home Founder Resume Writing Career Coaching Marketing Yourself Selling Yourself Job Stress General Advice Interview Skills "The Relocated Spouse [link] — jobconnection Preparing for the Phone Interview On April 22, 2010, In Uncategorized , By CareersDoneWrite.com 0 It has become commonplace for companies to conduct phone interviews before bringing candidates in for a full screen. Many of my clients have asked me to help them prep for a phone interview.

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The Interview Focus Is on Future, Not Past

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Interview Skills by Alex FreundUntil about 1990, the conventional thinking was that if you did your job satisfactorily, you would keep it for many years to come. Several of my friends were AT&T employees in those days, and many of them had had seniority for one or two decades. So it seemed like they had it made and that [.].