Interviewing a candidate for a job is one of the most crucial steps in finding the right fit for your team or company. While you can’t find out everything about a candidate in an hour interview, there are certain questions that can give you a better insight into what the candidate is all about.
If you are a high-level official (C-suite) looking for an executive assistant to join your team, you know how important it is for the candidate to be the right fit.
We have compiled some interview questions that can help you better assess and filter your candidate so you can make an informed decision.
Describe your computer skills. What software do you use to organize your tasks and improve productivity?
Skilled executive assistants can organize data in spreadsheets, schedule calendar meetings, and create well-written emails. Apart from Microsoft Office and Google WorkSpace, executive assistants are well-versed in many other softwares.
What process do you follow to book domestic and international travel?
As a CEO or a leader, traveling is an essential part of your business. The executive assistant you hire must be familiar with everything that travel entails, including keeping note of delays, cancellations, layovers, car booking, and more.
Describe a great executive assistant in 3 words.
Summarizing a whole role in 3 words can be tricky but the words they will choose can give you an insight into what they perceive the role to be.
Tell me about a time you worked on projects with similar deadlines. How did you handle it?
This question is a good judge of how your candidate prioritizes tasks and handles pressure. As a CEO, schedules change pretty quickly and your ideal candidate is someone who can refocus and readjust according to the changing needs.
Give me an example of a time you had to solve a complex issue for an executive. Did you get any help?
While executive assistants are great at handling tasks on their own, they also need to collaborate with people on other teams to complete tasks. Therefore, people’s skills and team-building skills are also crucial to this role.
How do you handle conflict?
No workplace is free of problems. When dealing with different people in different departments, your executive assistant can come across difficult people or scenarios. A cool, calm, and, collected person knows how to handle conflict and avoid drama in the workspace.
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