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Impress at your Office Assistant Interview

First impressions count: So much of making a good impression at a job interview depends on how one presents oneself. Appropriate dress, social skills, and interest in the job, may mean more than years of experience, or typing speed. Know the company and present yourself appropriately, when you want to get hired as an office assistant.

Helpful Tips:

1 Research the company that wants to interview you; read information on the company website and pick up brochures, or any other publication that the company publishes. Learn as much as you can about the company, so you can speak intelligently during your interview, about what the company’s mission and goals are. Employers hire people who are interested in the type of business that they wish to enter.

2 Arrive on time and dress appropriately; all clothing should be clean and pressed. Men should wear slacks, not jeans, and a button down shirt and tie. Wear dress shoes; do not wear athletic shoes or sandals. Women may wear slacks, or a skirt the falls below the knee: Shorts and short skirts are inappropriate. A blouse or sweater is fine for a woman, and pumps or shoes are good, but sandals, athletic shoes, and very high heels are not appropriate office wear. Dress as you expect to dress to go to work if you get the job. Carry a purse or briefcase; do not carry a backpack because it makes you look inexperienced, like you just got out of school, and unprofessional.

3 Make a great first impression by feeling confident, looking people in the eye, and smiling. Offer firm handshakes, be friendly;This is your chance to show off your social skills.

4 Listen to the interviewer and do not interrupt; Wait your turn to ask any questions you may have. Answer questions honestly, but focus on your strong points.

5 Remain positive: If you are asked about a former employer, do not say bad things. If you have bad feelings toward a former employer, keep your answer brief and polite; focus on the positive.

6 End the interview by saying, “Thank you.” Express your interest in the job, and smile as you leave.

These tips should help you to be successful in your interview, as long as you remember to always be polite, and maintain eye contact.

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