Be confident answering in the affirmative. The assistant manager's role is exciting and challenging as you work closely with an executive of the company. It is a job that is all about management and applying management skills. The assistant manager often communicates with staff, managers, and customers, and directly oversees customer service. Assistant managers play an important part in ensuring profit and a good name for the organization.
Talk about your personal attributes, such as loyalty, integrity, ethics, ability to work under pressure, leadership and charisma, orderliness, etc. You can start your answer by giving examples; if you worked as an assistant retail manger you probably had to manage a group of people (mention exact number), hire and fire people, interact effectively with clients, and deal with client complaints.
The assistant manager's job may be fairly routine one day and exciting the next. Assistant managers often take over the establishment (like a restaurant) in the absence of the boss. It demands multi-tasking and adaptability, problem solving, and interpersonal skills. It's a management job with a lot of people interaction.
All assistant managers report to senior management. Assistant managers keep their managers updated with oral and written reports.
Mental requirements might be intensive work load, working under pressure, stress, long hours, long periods of standing up and walking, and performing administrative tasks.
Don't hesitate to give examples of firing people, If you do, as long as you explain your decision clearly and confidently. Further, explain you decision process on hiring new employees. Be specific and confident about your past decisions on employee hiring, professional development, and retention.
Hopefully if you're applying for this position you have bags of related experience, and if that's the case you should mention it all. But if you're switching careers or trying something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it's matching up. That's when you need a little honest creativity to match the experiences required with the ones you have. People skills are people skills after all, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to internal management positions, and so on.
Ok, this is not the time for full disclosure. If some people from your past are going to say you're a boring A-hole, you don't need to bring that up. Stay positive, always, and maybe have a few specific quotes in mind. "They'd say I was a hard worker" or even better "John Doe has always said I was the most reliable, creative problem-solver he'd ever met.
This could include anything from night classes to hobbies and sports. If it's related, it's worth mentioning. Obviously anything to do with further education is great, but maybe you're spending time on a home improvement project to work on skills such as self-sufficiency, time management and motivation.
This is a good way to hint that you're in demand, without sounding like you're whoring yourself all over town. So, be honest and mention a few other companies but don't go into detail. The fact that you're seriously looking and keeping your options open is what the interviewer is driving at.