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 that pay as well as this one does).
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 because you have the right skills, and enjoy doing the things administrative assistants typically do in a company.
Show them the value
Say that you believe to have the skills, that you can bring 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, trying to perfect your performance.
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 (for your honesty).
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 your office. Considering everything I know about the job and about myself, the position of an administrative assistant seems like a 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 in a big corporation. On the top of that, I enjoy doing the tasks administrative assistants typically do in work…
More difficult questions await you in your interview
- Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the customer, for the colleague).
- Describe a situation when you did not agree with the opinion (or decision) of your superior or supervisor, and knew that they were wrong. How did you handle that?
- Why should we hire you, and not someone else for this job?
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Thank you, and good luck in your interview!
- What is the main responsibility of an administrative assistant?
- This job is repetitive. What would motivate you to do it well every day?