How to Ace a Personal Assistant Job Interview

If you scored an interview to work for a celebrity or high net worth family, you’ve only jumped one hurdle which is, arguably, the easiest one you will face. Each step in the series, which could be up to six-stages long, will get progressively harder. Here are some important points to consider when preparing for your job interview:

    • Know how to turn weaknesses in strengths: Most candidates are quite good at elaborating what they can do, but are unable to speak strategically about what they can’t do. Many interviewers will deliberately try to stump candidates by forcing them to talk about shortcomings. Know how to phrase your answers in a way that is beneficial for the employer. Saying you are a “quick learner” is far from adequate.
    • Practice the interview: Many personal/executive assistants rest on their laurels and think that just because they worked for a VIP or high-profile family that it qualifies them for the job – hardly! Because of this false sense of security, interviewees rarely practice enough before the interview (if at all). Without rehearsal, it’s almost a guarantee that candidates will not be passed onto the next round to meet the higher-ups.
    • You don’t know as much as you think you do: Even candidates that do rehearse enough can sometimes be ill-prepared because they have fallen behind the times. Think of your opportunity like this: If you don’t go the extra mile to be up-to-date on technology, then somebody else will – and you will undoubtedly hand the job right to your competitor. There are always candidates that are better-prepared with more education than you (who may work for less). In this over-saturated market that’s flooded with out-of-work job seekers, this is the norm, not the exception. The solution: Get certified in MicroSoft Office and make sure you know all of the latest technology (phones, ipads and popular apps for example).

If you don’t over-prepare for your job interview,
then you’re giving the gig away to your competitor

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