Personal Assistant is a broad job category that designates an individual who provides various kinds of executive support to people and groups in business enterprises.
► What are your computer skills? Did you use PowerPoint for preparing presentations?
► Do you have experience in staff management, IT, or business intelligence?
► Are you familiar with preparing background searches?
► How do you research organizations and individuals prior to meetings?
► How did you compile reports and communications for your superior or CEO?
► What file management practices do you use?
► What marketing materials, such as newsletters and press releases, have you prepared?
► Have you prepared fund proposals?
► Can you describe your normal daily duties in your previous position?
► What practices do you use when asked to prepare curtain duties, such as meetings, travel schedules and bid/proposals?
► Describe your typical workday communicating with different departments, executives, people, and customers?
► Are you comfortable working in close contact with the CEO and running the forefront on all projects?
► How do you organize monthly management reports and keep the information tables turning efficiently?
► Has your ability to maintain confidentiality ever been judged?
► When working in a discreet or confidential manner, what disciplines do you practice?
► When was the last time you were in a high pressure situation?
► What was the biggest challenge in your previous / current position?
► What are your strengths?
► What is your weakness?
► How do you handle a large workload?
► Why do you want to leave your current employer?
► What salary are you looking for?
► Do you have any questions for me? Always important?
► How do you organize your daily schedule?
► What practice do you follow answering emails?
► What practice do you follow when dealing with confidential paperwork?
► How would you prioritize tasks if you support more than one person? Is there a system you follow?
► You've been asked to set up a meeting. What actions will you take?
► Are you good at keeping matters confidential if required?
► Are you open to working after hours if required and be available on email? It is OK to ask how much extra time the interviewer means. Don't just say yes to everything, you will come across as a vegetable?
► Our requirement is for someone who can multi task and wear many hats. Does this sound like something you are interested in? Give an example of multi tasking here?
► Describe a time you were working on a project, and your colleagues did not agree with you, how did you solve this and come to an agreement?
► How do you deal with difficult situations at work?
► Tell me about yourself?
► What are your current duties as an Administrative/Executive Assistant?
► What skills will you bring to the company?
► What are the most important qualities to have as an Administrative/ Executive Assistant ?
► Did you look at our company website? If for some reason you did not get time (which should not happen), don't lie?
► What type of personalities do you work best with?
► How do you rate your computer skills?
► Describe yourself in three words/
► Do you have experience booking domestic and international travel?
► Do you have experience handling calendars? Go a step further and mention you handle calendars in multiple time zones?
► Do you consider yourself to be a single- or multi-tasker? How do you handle being pulled in two or more directions at once?
► How would you respond to a co-worker who asked you for information you knew to be confidential or that you were uncertain as to its confidentiality?
► In this position, you will be required to provide guidance to other administrative support personnel. What characteristics do you feel you would bring in acting in a leadership capacity?
► What work-related situations do you find the most frustrating?
► What is missing from (or is a part of) your present job that you would like to see in this one?
► Tell us about your most recent experience in an administrative support position? [Prompt: How many people did you directly support and what were their titles]
► What steps would you take to prompt your boss to act on a task (e.g., sign a rush contract)?
► Do you consider yourself to have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office? Explain your use of PowerPoint to create a presentation?
► Have you been directly involved in making travel arrangements and preparing expense reports? Explain your role and the process?
► Tell us about a particular time that you were responsible for setting up a meeting. How many attendees were there and were they all internal to your organization or were they from outside as well? What steps did you take?
► How do you perform in a fast-paced environment where specific guidance might not always be available?
► How would you handle clarifying an unclear assignment?
Executive officers entrust their assistants with confidential business information, and some executives even confide in their assistants on personal matters that have little to do with business. In some cases, executive assistants are not only the gatekeepers for executive leadership, but they also are confidantes. A tough interview question that probes the interviewee's business principles and ethics includes, "Suppose you are the assistant to the CEO of one of the most profitable companies in the world. Your boss lets it slip that she's been wrangling for the acquisition and control of a competitor.
Personal assistants must have organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work. Tough interview questions that assess their strengths in this area include "How you prioritize urgent responsibilities when you have little time left in the day to complete your tasks?" and "One of your co-workers has offered to help you on one of your busiest days; however, you believe your skills are far superior to hers. How would you respond to her offer when you really do need help?" The candidate's answer to the second question also sheds light on her ability to tactfully refuse or accept help from co-workers.