Can you work with MS Office? Hhow would you rate your skills with the software?


Assistant is working with Office programsThis question is more difficult as it sounds. While interviewing people for office jobs, I saw many job candidates getting caught in the trap…

Everyone can boast about their skills, saying they can do everything in Word or Excel.

And it would be all right to say so, if these candidates delivered on their promises.

What we have often done in interviews, and what many companies and recruitment agencies do, is asking the applicants to actually work with the computer.

They had to do a few calculations in MS Excel, or typewrite something to MS Word and format the text according to the print.

This helped us to see how fast they typed, and if they knew the user interface of the software, or struggled to find what they needed to find to complete the task.

Many people who said they were excellent with MS Office could actually not finish the task in a given time frame. Needless to say, we did no t hire them, as we had to doubt their trustworthiness, and their other interview answers.

To avoid that happening to you, I suggest you to not overrate your computer skills, and rather go for a different path. Say less, show more.

Sample answer

I have been working with MS Word and MS Excel for the past five years. I have used the software at school and also in my last job. While I do not consider myself an expert, and can not use all functionality it offers, I was always able to find what I needed in the past.

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