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Question 1 of 60
Describe your knowledge and experience in using data to inform decisions.
List of Office Administrator Interview Questions
  1. Describe your knowledge and experience in using data to inform decisions.
  2. Tell me about yourself?
  3. What is your knowledge of Google Docs, and what type of role do you see foreplaying in the future with such software?
  4. What is your education background?
  5. Have you ever coordinated an event? How did it go?
  6. Give me an example of when you procastinated and it led to a very difficult situation? Whether requiring you more work in the end or turned a project into a disaster?
  7. Tell me about a time when you've had to fire an employee?
  8. Give me examples of your leadership experiences in the past? What was the most defining role for you?
  9. How well would you say you supervise people?
  10. Tell me about your cash handling experience.
  11. What three expectations do you have of your office staff?
  12. There is a strong demand for office administrators, why are you better than the rest?
  13. What do you feel about traveling? Were you asked to travel at your last job?
  14. What do you percieve as a top priority for office administrators?
  15. Tell me about the most difficult supervisor you have ever worked with, and how you went about working with him or her?
  16. An office administrator needs to be very organized, describe to me your organization characteristics?
  17. You have been asked to set up a meeting, quickly go over the steps you take to make this meeting happen?
  18. What are your experiences with Excel and Powerpoint? What successful Powerpoint presentations have you made in the past?
  19. Walk me through a typical day for you at your last office.
  20. Explain your experience in running meetings and team groups?
  21. What was your main weakness at your last job that you would like to improve upon at this one?
  22. Can you multi-task? What experiences have you done that represent to me how well you multi-task?
  23. How did you handle the recent financial crisis with customers?
  24. What in the office is least important to you, or could be removed?
  25. What is your ideal company?
  26. Tell me about your favorite co-worker/boss you've had in the past.
  27. Describe a bad customer service experience you have had in the past and how you handled it?
  28. Describe to me a situation when you were given a large amount of data, had a purpose to analyze it, and gave an outcome regarding this data, explain to me the process you took forth in each stage of that process?
  29. The moment you walk in here, I'd hope you would have goals set in place for a specific time period, what do you think they will be?
  30. Explain to me your favorite business software. How do you use it in your office?
  31. How do you keep a sales team motivated? What are your tactics?
  32. Why do you want to work for this office?
  33. How well do you think on your feet?
  34. If you could, would you like a more important role in your company? Such as an executive in the future?
  35. Give me an example of how you keep track of details while engaging in conversation?
  36. What is the most important piece to a successful office? A certain worker, a certain computer, what?
  37. Why do you want to be an office administrator?
  38. Office Administrator requires you to have a large wealth of knowledge about every aspect in the office, what can you tell me about the accountants role and their importance in team functions?
  39. How would you go about developing a new sales tactic, explain to me the process you would begin with the marketing people and how that would eventually be in the hands of the sales people?
  40. What tactics in the past have you employed that kept close watch on competition?
  41. What attracted you to this company?
  42. How well do you work in teams? When was the last team leading position you've held?
  43. What signs of trust have you demonstrated in the past while working?
  44. Customers can have a nasty attitude for no reason, either way, what techniques do you employ to calm down customers when they are irratated?
  45. How many years of office work have you had?
  46. Why did you leave your last job?
  47. Why are you the best person for this position?
  48. How do you keep office workers motivated?
  49. Are you okay working without a break if the office needs it?
  50. Some days as an Office Administrator you will have large amounts to due, others, but rarely, will have nothing to do, what will you do during those slow times?
  51. Explain your greeting and how you handled phone calls at your previous employment.
  52. What are your career goals?
  53. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  54. What is your great strength?
  55. Tell me about a time when you had not done a task correctly because you were not trained propperly?
  56. Tell me about a time when you missed some important details about a transaction, what happened?
  57. Describe a time when you had really felt good about a performance in your job?
  58. Tell me a time when you had to handle something drastic, but no one was around, how did you do it?
  59. If you were CEO of your last company, what would you change?
  60. Do you work well under pressure?
Author:
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Creativeinkdrops.com/
Office Administrator Information
March 25th, 2017

Office administrators perform a variety of administrative and management duties to ensure that the company operates smoothly and efficiently.
Office administrators are employed by almost all industries, from small business and non-profit organizations to large multi-national corporations and goverment agencies. Their exact responsibilities may vary depending on the industry as well as the size of the company they are employed by. In general, office administrators allocate work assignments, maintain office equipment, set deadlines, implement company policies and assess employees' work performance.

Larger corporates may require applicants to have a bachelor's or associate degree in business administration or office management. Smaller businesses may hire applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent, provided they have relevant work experience and demonstrate that they have the necessary skills. Excellent multitasking skills are one of the main attributes necessary for anyone wishing to work as an office administrator. Other essential job skills include strong organizational skills, good decision-making and problem-solving abilities and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

Be prepared to answer some challenging questions at your office administrator interview. The interviewer will have a long list of questions that will help them determine your suitability to the role. They will ask you questions about the responsibilities you handled in your previous job. They will also likely ask you about your strengths that apply to this particular role and why you think you are the most suitable candidate for the job. You must take some time to go through the office administrator mock interview questions so can be well-prepared for the interview and can answer all questions confidently.
Office Administrator User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 60
Describe your knowledge and experience in using data to inform decisions.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have a very excellent knowledge and experience in using data to inform decisions.
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I have analyzed testing data to identify strengths and weakness in order to provide intervention strategies.
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I input data into excel and powerpoint to come up with the best possible way to solve my problem or task.
Question 2 of 60
Tell me about yourself?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Please outline your experience in handling cash.
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My name is tia Kelly. I live in Nevis and I love to interact with people.
3.
I grew up in Charlotte. Ever since I can remember I have had a desire to read and write. I developed interest in the legal world, At SPCC things began to fall into place. My English professor recommended me on my writing and reading skills to the point I was recommended for the Paralegal program and hand picked to assist the CJ teacher.
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,I came from bogota Colombia in 1994 I relocate here, in 2000 I started to work with Barclays bank as payments analyst with 15 years experience in a busy finance environment, providing high professional customer service, I ensuring customer needs are met in line with the business goals at all times. One yerar ago we made redundancy I saw a great opportunity the skills and experience I gained in customer satisfaction to my new challenge.
5.
Outline your experience of accurately undertaking basic office/paperwork duties.
Question 3 of 60
What is your knowledge of Google Docs, and what type of role do you see foreplaying in the future with such software?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I had to use various types of software for different projects. Refer to resume..
2.
I have a good knowledge of a wide range of IT programs. I can see that it plays a large part in the role for storing/editing data.
3.
I have a brief knowledge of google documents. I see Google document playing a major role in the future I think that it will the new way of documenting information.
Question 4 of 60
What is your education background?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I was the handpicked assistant to the CJ, exams , powerpoints. I interned in the judges office. For the past 5 years have been working in corporate law.
2.
I have complete b-com since 2013 and have site by site computer opretor job in jmk infosoft ltd. Afther since 2013 to 2015 I have complete my mather digree mba.
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Currently working on my associates for business adminatration, and completed certificates.
4.
I come from quite an alternative background. I started school when I was 7 however I still have recognized GCSE's and A levels.
5.
I have an associates degree in accounting from Harvard University.
Question 5 of 60
Have you ever coordinated an event? How did it go?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have coordinated several events and they went spectacular .
2.
I haven't ever co-ordinated an event however I have been in charge of a team of staff in the past and know how to delegate manage and keep staff happy while doing so.
Question 6 of 60
Give me an example of when you procastinated and it led to a very difficult situation? Whether requiring you more work in the end or turned a project into a disaster?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I'd say im more of a worrier than a procrastinator, If theres something I need to do, I'm more likely to worry about it than procrastinate, normally the pressure will force me to do something about it. There was a situation where I procrastinated during a shift and ended up cramming maintenance admin into a couple of hours, meaning it was less accurate than it could have been.
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I am not procrastinator so I have never experienced such problem within my career.
Question 7 of 60
Tell me about a time when you've had to fire an employee?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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When an employee cross the organizational polices.
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I havnt ever had to fire an employee.
3.
Once I had to fire an employee and afterwards I felt terrible because she was a single mother of two.
Question 8 of 60
Give me examples of your leadership experiences in the past? What was the most defining role for you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I was a supervisor in a bar where I was responsible for a team of bar and kitchen staff, cashing up and watching stock. I also worked in a café/shop where I was often in charge of others. I feel I learn more or new things with every job I do, which is why I would like to have a change of career now. Things you learn in a job soon become very valuable knowledge in life too.
2.
Training new staff.
Question 9 of 60
How well would you say you supervise people?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I think I'm very conscientious, I try not annoy people or ask for things in a rude or demanding way. I think I can put myself in their shoes. At the same time I think I get the things I want done, and my staff respect me.
2.
According to their job allocation and at the end of the day job is done.
Question 10 of 60
Tell me about your cash handling experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Experience of handling cash ?
2.
Experience of handling cash.
3.
I have had a lot of cash handling experience. I have worked in a variety of settings where I had to handle cash upto 3-4 grand. I worked at dollar stores, apparel, Lottery centres etc.
4.
Used to cashing up and banking money. Used to handling cash payments as well.
Question 11 of 60
What three expectations do you have of your office staff?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To be polite to co-workers, do the job you are paid to do and do it well.
Question 12 of 60
There is a strong demand for office administrators, why are you better than the rest?
Question 13 of 60
What do you feel about traveling? Were you asked to travel at your last job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would travel within a reasonable distance, or occasionally further when needed, however I wouldn't want to be in a job where I was constantly away from home.
Question 14 of 60
What do you percieve as a top priority for office administrators?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Polite and helpful communication, staying on top of your workload and providing good service as expected.
2.
Keeping projects and people running smoothly, taking care of any concerns as they arise. Making sure all deadlines are met and keeping the department up to speed with its annual tasks to be completed.
3.
Communication.
Question 15 of 60
Tell me about the most difficult supervisor you have ever worked with, and how you went about working with him or her?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My current manager is quite difficult to work with, I generally end up trying to sort things for myself directly with the people I need to talk to, rather than going through her as I find she misunderstands and complicates things.
Question 16 of 60
An office administrator needs to be very organized, describe to me your organization characteristics?
Question 17 of 60
You have been asked to set up a meeting, quickly go over the steps you take to make this meeting happen?
Question 18 of 60
What are your experiences with Excel and Powerpoint? What successful Powerpoint presentations have you made in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The calculation with excel.
Question 19 of 60
Walk me through a typical day for you at your last office.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am in early and answer calls received from employees who may have a problem
Question 20 of 60
Explain your experience in running meetings and team groups?
Question 21 of 60
What was your main weakness at your last job that you would like to improve upon at this one?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
my weakeness used to be i accepted more work in an effort to please everybody and i relaised later that is detrimental to my work performance.
Question 22 of 60
Can you multi-task? What experiences have you done that represent to me how well you multi-task?
Question 23 of 60
How did you handle the recent financial crisis with customers?
Question 24 of 60
What in the office is least important to you, or could be removed?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Nothing is least important i rather improve people the way of doing things.
Question 25 of 60
What is your ideal company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
One that recognizes their employees as future leaders and take pride in listening to new ways of performing old procedures. Company that appreciates its employees by rewarding those who excel. A company who treats all employees with fairness.
Question 26 of 60
Tell me about your favorite co-worker/boss you've had in the past.
Question 27 of 60
Describe a bad customer service experience you have had in the past and how you handled it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have more than 15 years experience in advising
2.
Okay, well I went to oregon davis schools
3.
It was an angry customer phone and wanted to why her matter has not been resolved. I listened to what she was saying then I calmly reply her by telling her that I am willing to assist her, asked her to give me her name and contact number so that I will make a follow up and phone her back regarding the status of her complaint
Question 28 of 60
Describe to me a situation when you were given a large amount of data, had a purpose to analyze it, and gave an outcome regarding this data, explain to me the process you took forth in each stage of that process?
Question 29 of 60
The moment you walk in here, I'd hope you would have goals set in place for a specific time period, what do you think they will be?
Question 30 of 60
Explain to me your favorite business software. How do you use it in your office?
Question 31 of 60
How do you keep a sales team motivated? What are your tactics?
Question 32 of 60
Why do you want to work for this office?
Question 33 of 60
How well do you think on your feet?
Question 34 of 60
If you could, would you like a more important role in your company? Such as an executive in the future?
Question 35 of 60
Give me an example of how you keep track of details while engaging in conversation?
Question 36 of 60
What is the most important piece to a successful office? A certain worker, a certain computer, what?
Question 37 of 60
Why do you want to be an office administrator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
bc
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I enjoy an office environment, i enjoy to tackle issues that we normally encounter.
Question 38 of 60
Office Administrator requires you to have a large wealth of knowledge about every aspect in the office, what can you tell me about the accountants role and their importance in team functions?
Question 39 of 60
How would you go about developing a new sales tactic, explain to me the process you would begin with the marketing people and how that would eventually be in the hands of the sales people?
Question 40 of 60
What tactics in the past have you employed that kept close watch on competition?
Question 41 of 60
What attracted you to this company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
What attracted you to this company?
2.
To decorate the company and open plan space so that employees can work without noise.
Question 42 of 60
How well do you work in teams? When was the last team leading position you've held?
Question 43 of 60
What signs of trust have you demonstrated in the past while working?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Done my job well, went in vunrable peoples homes unattended, cashed and banked business money.
Question 44 of 60
Customers can have a nasty attitude for no reason, either way, what techniques do you employ to calm down customers when they are irratated?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Make them see that you clearly understand them and their concerns. put them in my position for the sake of resolving the problem at that particular time.
Question 45 of 60
How many years of office work have you had?
Question 46 of 60
Why did you leave your last job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Although I really enjoyed working at my last job, it was always intended to be a part time, temporary position. Both my employer, and myself knew that it was never intended to be a career.
Question 47 of 60
Why are you the best person for this position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Because i know the work and i dont need to be trained, i'm punctual, I am a hard worker and i'm always willing to go an extra mile.
Question 48 of 60
How do you keep office workers motivated?
Question 49 of 60
Are you okay working without a break if the office needs it?
Question 50 of 60
Some days as an Office Administrator you will have large amounts to due, others, but rarely, will have nothing to do, what will you do during those slow times?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Will work on the back log if any or will plan for the next week.
Question 51 of 60
Explain your greeting and how you handled phone calls at your previous employment.
Question 52 of 60
What are your career goals?
Question 53 of 60
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Question 54 of 60
What is your great strength?
Question 55 of 60
Tell me about a time when you had not done a task correctly because you were not trained propperly?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
If I am unsure of a task I will ask for help. I have not made a mistake.
Question 56 of 60
Tell me about a time when you missed some important details about a transaction, what happened?
Question 57 of 60
Describe a time when you had really felt good about a performance in your job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When i got 98 percent on my last audit.
Question 58 of 60
Tell me a time when you had to handle something drastic, but no one was around, how did you do it?
Question 59 of 60
If you were CEO of your last company, what would you change?
Question 60 of 60
Do you work well under pressure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have deadlines to meet in my present job which puts pressure on my many other tasks I have to complete, but I prioritise them and put my skill of time management into place.
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