Most people try to get this job because it offers clean working environment, and relatively easy list of working duties (at least when we compare it to other jobs with similar salaries).
When speaking about your job choice in an interview, however, you shouldn’t point to any of these.
You should try to convince the hiring managers that you really want this job, that you apply becasue you have the right skills, and enjoy doing the things administrative assistants do on a daily basis.
Show them the value
Say that you believe to have the skills to bring actual value to the office with your work. You can also say that you prefer routine jobs, that you enjoy doing the same tasks every day.
Some of us prefer routine jobs and steady working hours. We love to leave the office at three each afternoon and spend quality time afterwards, either with our families, or doing things we like to do outside of work.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this approach. Oppositely, if explained correctly, it can win you a lot of points in this particular interview.
I enjoy working with computer, I can typewrite quickly, and I prefer routine work. I believe that I can bring value to the team in this office. Considering everything I know about the job and about myself, the position of an administrative assistant seems like the perfect choice.
I have just graduated, and I am looking for my first job. I believe this is a good start for my career, a position where I can learn a lot, and perhaps understand more about the business and the life of a corporation. On the top of that I enjoy doing the tasks administrative assistants typically do in work…
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This one was easy, wasn’t it? But you will deal with many tough questions in your interview. Questions about pressure, deadlines, teamwork, motivation, etc.
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Thank you, and good luck!
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