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Office Administrator Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Office Administrator interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Why are you interested in a career with our organization?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewer wants to know why you are interviewing in their company specifically. They want to hear that you have researched their organization. By showing the interviewer that you have done your research and are invested in a career with their organization, you demonstrate that you are more likely to stick with this position if you are hired.

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List of 30 Office Administrator Interview Questions & Answers

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    1.

    Why are you interested in a career with our organization?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know why you are interviewing in their company specifically. They want to hear that you have researched their organization. By showing the interviewer that you have done your research and are invested in a career with their organization, you demonstrate that you are more likely to stick with this position if you are hired.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question with specific details that show you understand the company. You may want to mention some of their corporate values if you feel they align with yours. You may also want to reference new ventures the company is engaging in or philanthropic work that they participate in.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid stating the obvious. Don't tell the interviewer that you are simply looking for a new job!

      If they are with a major corporation, don't simply say you are attracted by the weight their brand holds. Provide specific examples of the lesser-known aspects of their work or brand to show that you have done your research on the company.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I'd like to join the team at ABC Company because I admire the organization's commitment to giving back to the local community. I am passionate about volunteering and bettering our city. I'd love to know that the company I work for is helping as well!"

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    2.

    What are your career goals?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see if this opportunity aligns with your long-term goals. They are likely hoping to invest in you and your career for many years and want to ensure that if they spend the time and money to train you, you will stay on with them and grow there.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question as honestly as possible, recognizing that there ARE right answers! Answer this question in a way that shows that you would like to grow your career with this particular company and that this role would provide the opportunity to do that.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an answer that implies that this opportunity will not be a long-term stop for you in your career! Do not hint that you are just applying for any opportunity to get in with this particular company.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I'd like to work my way up into a Management role. One of the things that makes me most excited about this opportunity and your team, in particular, is the ability to grow from this role into a Team Lead, ultimately preparing me to become a Manager!"

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    3.

    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to ensure that you can evaluate your skills honestly. They want to know that you have not only considered your opportunities for personal and professional improvement but that you are actively making strides towards improving those areas.

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      How to Answer

      You must answer both parts of this question! The interviewer wants to know that you are not only able to fully evaluate your capabilities but are also working to improve upon the area that needs it.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid naming a weakness that would significantly impact your ability to perform the job duties! For example, an accountant may not want to highlight that they are bad at math!

      Also, avoid only answering part of the question! To do so signifies that your weakness may be following directions.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My greatest weakness is my public speaking ability. I get nervous in front of crowds and giving presentations. I know I will need to learn this skill to advance in my career, so I am currently working on giving toasts at dinners with friends and presentations to small groups of peers at work."

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    4.

    What is your greatest strength?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear how you describe yourself. This standard interview question gives the interviewer insight into how you present yourself when you can prepare.

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      How to Answer

      The best answer to this question will directly align with the role. Think about the personality traits, duties, and culture of the company you are interviewing with. Choose an adjective that fits the majority of these. Then, provide a brief explanation. Give the interviewer examples of times you have displayed this strength in the past and when they can expect to see it in their workplace.

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      What to Avoid

      Although it is tempting to want to stun the interviewer with a unique answer, in this situation, it is better to stick with the classics! It is better to choose a safer answer that will fit the needs of the role and the expectations of the interviewer than to choose an answer you may have a hard time backing up with examples or aligning to the role responsibilities.

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    5.

    What is the most important piece to a successful office?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is asking this question as a roundabout way to find out what you believe makes an office successful. The word "piece" is very open-ended to allow for a wide range of responses.

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      How to Answer

      The interviewer has purposely asked a very open-ended question. They want to see whether you will choose an object, technology, or something else. Choose your "piece" thoughtfully! Be prepared to explain how this piece contributes to the success of an office.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid choosing something that is easily replaced or replicated. The piece you choose should have a clear purpose and an irreplaceable tie to the success of the office.

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    6.

    Explain to me your favorite business software. How do you use it in your office?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to gauge your proficiency with technology by asking this question. They want to hear that you are familiar with the type of software that this job requires and that you are accustomed to using it often in your role.

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      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking you to choose one favorite software that you use in your office duties. To best answer this question, you should not only be prepared to choose one single type of software but be able to articulate why it is your favorite and how it improves your workday.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid choosing any software or products that automate or remove a majority of your workload. While it is great to use software to make your day more efficient, you do not want to rid yourself of this job opportunity or appear unwilling to work hard by suggesting to the interviewer that it can be done by a software system.

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    7.

    What in the office is least important to you or could be removed?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer may ask an "out of the box" question to get a less scripted, more honest answer. They want to gauge what IS important to you by asking what is not.

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      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants you to choose an object in the office that you feel you could do this job successfully without. If you have not yet been to this company's office, think of a typical office and classic office supplies. Choose an object you either can do your work without or that you feel there is a better replacement for.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid choosing any objects that are either critical to your work or would make your work more efficient.

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    8.

    What do you see as a top priority for office administrators?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to ensure that your priorities are aligned with the companies' priorities. They ask this question to make sure that you have a good grasp of what the role entails with the understanding that there may be more niche needs specific to their team, company, or industry.

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      How to Answer

      Choose one task for your answer. The interviewer asked you to choose a number one priority; this means that prioritization is likely important in the role! Show that you can prioritize. Provide some brief context to back up your answer as well.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid asking the interviewer questions about their specific needs or the role before providing an answer. They have asked for you to answer based on a general understanding of the role. Requiring further explanation demonstrates either an inability to follow directions or a lack of understanding of the job.

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  • Discovery

    9.

    If you were CEO of your last company, what would you change?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you're able to think critically about improvements without speaking negatively about your company. In any job, there will be annoyances and processes that could move smoother. The interviewer wants to see that you can ideate and implement changes that will help the company without bringing a bad attitude into the workplace.

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      How to Answer

      Aim to answer this question briefly and without emotion. You mustn't carry over any negativity that may exist from your last employer to your next. Choose a change that would have impacted you or your team directly and made your work easier or more efficient. By focusing on how to improve your work, you show the interviewer that you have thought critically about your job and want to achieve your full potential at work!

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      What to Avoid

      By asking this question, it may seem like the interviewer is daring you to speak negatively about your last employer, but don't fall into that trap! Stay positive in your response and focus on the specific changes that would have improved your output!

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    10.

    An office administrator needs to be organized. How do you remain organized?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you understand the needs of the job and are equipped to perform. They are looking for specific examples of how you stay organized on the job. If you implement systems to prioritize or locate information, tell the interviewer about them.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question with your methodology of staying organized. Provide examples of strategies or products you use to remember dates and meetings and locate important files.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid being vague in your response. Don't tell the interviewer that you are organized; explain HOW you are organized and why you consider yourself to be an organized person.

      Also, don't let the interviewer know if organization is not your strength. Although it's best to be honest, you do not want to imply that simple fixes are beyond your ability, especially when they have identified that it is vital to the role.

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    11.

    How well do you think on your feet?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question reveals that this job will require quick thinking and quick responses. It is important to note that all interview questions require you to "think on your feet," as you are never sure what the interviewer will ask next.

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      How to Answer

      Be sure to answer this question honestly in terms of both your general performance AND your performance during the interview so far! If you say you are always able to think and react quickly but have been unable to respond to questions immediately, it will appear as though you are unable to accurately represent yourself.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid the urge to say what you believe the interviewer wants to hear. Some questions have right answers, and the interviewer may hope to hear a strong affirmative, but it is more important to show that you're able to analyze your behavior and provide true responses!

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    12.

    Why are you the best person for this position?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is giving you the opportunity for open-ended self-promotion. This is a great time to highlight your experiences or skills that may not be captured in classic interview questions.

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      How to Answer

      Pick two to four skills or experiences that make you a stand-out candidate for this role. If you possess any skills or experience that is mentioned in the job description as a key aspect of the role, talk about that now. This is an opportunity to ensure the interviewer hears everything you hoped to cover in the interview.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid focusing on any skills or experiences that have already been covered in depth during the interview. If you feel you have touched on everything through the interview already, restate your highlights for the interviewer and move on.

      Avoid being too brief. You want to give the interviewer at least two reasons that truly relate to the role or company.

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    13.

    Tell me about the most difficult supervisor you have ever worked with and how you went about working with him or her.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The Interviewer wants to identify how you work with others, specifically with authority figures. This question may be an indicator that there are strong personalities in the office. Your interviewer may also want to ensure that the individual they bring on board is willing to make corrections and take feedback when necessary.

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      How to Answer

      Draw on any of your past work, school, or volunteer experiences to answer this question. Present a situation in which you clashed with an authority figure, and make sure to present a positive resolution! The focus of your story mustn't be why you clashed or how that impacted you, but rather how you worked to either resolve the issue or find a way to work together.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid focusing on the conflict. You do not want to create the impression that you disagreed with this past Supervisor in a manner that interrupted others' work or impacted other colleagues negatively.

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    14.

    Why did you leave your last job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to understand your motivations for changing jobs because they want to know if you are likely to stick with their company if they hire you.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question honestly without providing too much detail or making disparaging comments about your previous employer.

      Most companies do employment verification and will find out the reason you left from the company's perspective, so you should tell the interviewer the truth upfront. If you were let go from your last role, explain why. Maybe there was a mass layoff, and you were caught up in that. If your departure was due to performance or attendance, give the interviewer a brief explanation of why those issues happened and what has changed so that you will not repeat the same mistakes!

      If you chose to leave your last role, tell the interviewer what your motivations were. If you relocated to a new city or had to reduce your hours to take care of a loved one, say that.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid speaking negatively about any of your prior employers! Even if you were let go, try to speak about it without anger or sadness. The interviewer wants to hire someone who is excited about joining their organization, not someone who is applying as a last resort.

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    15.

    Can you multitask? Please provide examples of when you have had to multi-task at work.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In asking this question, the Interviewer provides insight into the skills this job requires and ensures that you have the experiences necessary to be successful on the job.

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      How to Answer

      The Interviewer is looking for a yes or no answer AND examples to support your answer.

      If your answer is yes, indicate how often you are accustomed to multi-tasking at work. Maybe it was a daily need in your last role, or maybe it is something you've done once or twice. You can provide more general examples of times you may have to multi-task if you have used this skill regularly at work. If you have only used this skill once or twice, it will be much more impactful to provide a specific example.

      If you haven't used this skill at work, consider a time you used it at home or indicate that you can learn how to multitask.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a succinct "yes" or "no" to the Interviewer. You must answer all of the interviewer's questions fully. Failure to do so may cause the interviewer to believe you lack the skills that you have!

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    16.

    Tell me about yourself:

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The Interviewer wants to hear how you view yourself as a worker and a person. They want to get a sense of what they can expect from you as a member of their team. They expect you to show a bit of your personality and show that you are a dedicated employee.

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      How to Answer

      Remember, an interview is a time to brag about yourself!! Even though it may feel a bit strange to talk about yourself, it is necessary to promote your talents. Think of yourself as your best friend if it helps! You would want to give a potential employer the best description of your best friend!

      When describing yourself as a worker, use as many job-specific traits as you can. If you are your current employer's resident expert on the payroll software, include that! If you are known for giving a good pep talk or sharing helpful advice, those qualities show who you are and make an interviewer want to work with you!

      This question is a great time to provide insight into anything you're passionate about outside of work as well, but limit it to one or two specific, work-appropriate things. If you are in school, learning a new skill, or a marathon runner, those are fun and relevant things to share!

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid answering this question with simple, over-used words and phrases. The interviewer has heard "hard-worker," "punctual," and "consistent" too many times before. Use more specific qualities to show that you understand what the role requires and to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.

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    17.

    Have you ever coordinated an event? How did it go?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to find out if you have experience coordinating events, and if so, how much experience. By asking how events went, they also seek to determine whether you look for results and are dedicated to succeeding in all areas of the job.

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      How to Answer

      Start your answer with a yes or no and a brief description of how many events you have coordinated. If you have coordinated many events, focus on the events that were the most successful and how involved you were in the planning process.

      If you have never coordinated an event in a professional setting, let the interviewer know if you have helped plan large or involved events in your personal life. Your experience planning family reunions or siblings' weddings may help you land this job!

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      What to Avoid

      When responding to the results portion of the question, be careful not to focus on opportunities for improvement or perceived issues with the events. Also, avoid giving too much credit to anyone you may have partnered with. Though it often feels strange to do so, you should focus on your achievements and successes over those of the larger team in your interview.

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  • Education

    18.

    What is your highest level of education?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This is a "check the box" question. There is no deeper meaning to this question. The company may have a certain level of education required for employment or the specific role, but it's more likely that they are gathering information on your background.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question honestly and briefly. Unless you have achieved a post-graduate degree in your specific career or area, your level of education is unlikely to significantly impact the hiring decision. Be brief in your answer so that the interviewer can move on to questions that may allow you to better demonstrate your experience.

      If you are currently in school or a certificate program, be sure to tell the interviewer when you expect to graduate or earn your degree!

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing the interviewer with information about WHY you achieved this level of education. Though it's common to feel like you need to provide background into the circumstances of why you did not complete a degree, you don't. If you want to provide more information, tell the interviewer what specific work experience has taught you the skills you may have otherwise learned in a traditional school.

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    19.

    Why do you want to be an Office Administrator with our organization?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you have done your research and are interested in this specific role with their organization. Make sure your answer is tailored to their open role as they want to hear that, if hired, you will be in the role and with the company for a while. They want to ensure that you will be a dedicated employee and not leave right after training.

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      How to Answer

      To answer this question, tell the interviewer what interested you in the role. Your interest may be focused on the duties described in the job ad, or you may be interested in the company and want to get your foot in the door. Provide specific examples of what you are most intrigued by to show the interviewer that you understand the role and the company.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing vague answers! You do not want to imply that you are simply taking whatever job you get an interview for, even if that is the truth! Do your research on the company and role ahead of time and be sure to grab at least one or two details from their company site that you can use to back up your response.

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    20.

    What is your ideal company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to determine if their company aligns with your needs to gauge how likely you are to stay in this new role for a while.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on the culture you would like to see at your next company. To prepare for your interview, read the company's mission statement and values. If any of these points stand out to you, this is a great time to tell your Interviewer that! You can also use this opportunity to ask the interviewer about the company's stance on work/life balance, sustainability, or other points that would make or break your decision to work there.

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      What to Avoid

      The biggest mistake you could make in answering this question is to not provide specifics of what you want to see in a long-term employer. The interviewer wants to make sure that you will stay with their organization. If your response makes it seem like you will take any job that pays and has benefits, they will worry that you will move to a new job as soon as you can.

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    21.

    Do you have any professional or relevant skills that you are currently working on?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer hopes to hear that you are invested in your growth. If you are, the interviewer will see you as an investment who will be open to learning. This type of person is easier to train and tends to be a better fit in a variety of work cultures. This type of person is also more likely to bring new ideas and opportunities for improvement to the entire team and larger organization!

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      How to Answer

      It's important that you do answer this question with an affirmative! If you are not learning a new language or software or chasing further education, tell the interviewer that you want to expand your knowledge of a specific job duty listed in the posting. If this company is in an industry you've never worked in before, tell the interviewer that you are eager to learn about the industry.

      If nothing comes to mind that aligns with this role specifically, tell the interviewer an anecdote about something else you have learned recently or would like to learn in the future. Though it may not relate professionally, it will make your interview memorable and show that you are still open to growing as a person!

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing no answer or stating that you simply want to learn the role that you are applying for. Though the latter may seem to prove that you're open to on-the-job training, it does little to show that you'd be willing to take on new tasks or skills after your first few weeks with the company.

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  • Leadership

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    What three expectations do you have of your office staff?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to find out more about your management style. They want to know what standards you hold all staff to.

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      How to Answer

      This answer should be brief and not require too much explanation. Since there are no parameters on this question, there is no need to overthink! Consider what is generally required in a workplace - professionalism, courtesy, and punctuality. Using basic ground rules like these in your answer shows that you understand the daily responsibilities of Management.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid overthinking your answer. If you struggle to choose between two different expectations and are forced to limit yourself, know that it is better to provide the interviewer insight into your thought process and all of your expectations rather than to appear to not have an answer or set expectations.

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  • Management

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    Tell me about your favorite co-worker/boss you've had in the past.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear what qualities stand out to you in a colleague or leader. They also want to find out how you like to be managed and what kind of personalities you work well with.

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      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about your favorite co-worker or boss in a general sense. They want to hear what qualities this person embodied and why you worked so well with them, not how you met them or the role you worked in together. It is worth mentioning if you are describing a particular boss or leader from your experience who was particularly impactful in shaping your career or helping you grow.

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  • Operational

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    Do you work well under pressure?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is revealing that there will be times in this role you will have to handle competing priorities or tasks, and they want to ensure that you can work in these conditions.

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      How to Answer

      This question has a clear right answer. The interviewer is revealing an important need for the business and the team. They want to ensure that you can meet this need.

      Answer this question with an affirmative, and be sure to provide examples of times you have had to work under pressure. Be specific as to whether these examples are of competing priorities, a complex task, or another related dilemma.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid telling the interviewer that you are not comfortable under pressure unless working in this manner is a deal-breaker for you. Doing so may just be a deal-breaker for them!

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    What tactics in the past have you employed to keep a close watch on competition?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is revealing that their company values keeping an eye on their competitors and wants to see if you have experience that will help them continue to monitor their competition. They are looking for specific examples that you would employ on the job if you are hired.

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      How to Answer

      Provide the interviewer specific examples of how you have monitored competitors in your past employment. If you do not have experience, let the interviewer know that and provide examples of how you imagine you may go about it, but be sure to add that you are a quick learner!

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      What to Avoid

      Be sure to keep your answer professional. There is a clear divide between keeping an eye on competitors and crossing legal lines. Every response you provide in an interview setting should remain squarely on the discovery and legal side of the line.

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  • Situational

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    You have been asked to set up a meeting. Quickly go over the steps you take to make this meeting happen.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see how you handle a common situation on the job. They want to find out more about how you analyze situations and if you are prepared to take on the role.

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      How to Answer

      By asking you to respond quickly, they are making it clear that they do not expect you to have to think hard on this answer. Be sure to respond right away and to list the steps as asked. If there is additional information you feel that you would need to complete the task, make your first step to ask those questions!

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid summarizing the steps you would take. When an interviewer asks you to provide an answer in a specific way, like listing steps, it's important to show that you are listening to them fully by responding as asked. Providing the answer as asked will also increase the likelihood that the interviewer understands your point clearly and shows that you will take on tasks as they are assigned in the future.

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    27.

    Describe a situation when you were given a large amount of data and had to analyze it and provide results.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to gain insight into how you work through problems. They also want to make sure that you have experience analyzing data and providing results. Though this specific skill may not be required in all Office Administrator roles, if the interviewer asks you about the skill, it is likely important for this position.

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      How to Answer

      Provide your best anecdote to answer this question. Briefly tell the interviewer about a project you worked on where you were given data and reviewed it to provide either results or a recommendation.

      Data is usually numerical, but it does not necessarily have to be. If you feel you have analyzed something less quantifiable to provide either great results or a recommendation, don't hesitate to give the interviewer that example!

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid worrying too much about providing the best example you can. If your mind goes completely blank, tell the interviewer that you simply have a case of nerves and would love to follow up with them later in the day. If you do this, you must NOT forget to follow up!

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    28.

    How do you occupy yourself when you do not have any pressing tasks?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to learn about your work ethic. The interviewer wants to ensure that you can work independently and maintain a steady work pace without supervision and pressure. The interviewer wants to hear that you keep yourself busy with relevant work tasks that have not been directly assigned to you or do not have an imminent deadline.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question with examples of what you believe are relevant tasks. Though you may be able to bring in past experience to help you formulate a response, this question can be answered without the use of an anecdote.

      If you are not entirely sure what the responsibilities of this role entail, talk about general upkeep tasks, like organizing your work area or filing old emails.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing the interviewer specific details about how you occupied your time in a past job that does not directly relate to the role you are interviewing for. They want to hear about what you will do in this specific job.

      Also, avoid mentioning personal tasks. The interviewer does not want to hear that you will use any unsupervised time to check your personal messages or take breaks when you are meant to be working.

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    29.

    How do you prioritize your work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to find out more about how you will act on the job. They want to hear that you understand that not all tasks will have the same level of urgency and that you have some knowledge or strategy to draw from when you are assigned competing tasks.

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      How to Answer

      This question is best answered with a brief and straightforward response outlining how you would identify which tasks should be completed first. Describe a time in the past when you had to prioritize or reprioritize your work.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid being too specific in your response if you are drawing from past experience. For example, if you talk about a time you processed invoices with deadlines, the experience may not translate well to work without explicit due dates. Focus instead on the strategies or steps that you take to determine what makes one task more important than another.

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    How do you deal with frustrated clients?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to find out how you will act when you encounter tricky situations on the job. Interviewers will often slip this question in when it appears that you've gotten comfortable in the conversation. They do this to get a real, unabashed answer, rather than a scripted one.

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      How to Answer

      Answer carefully! Use the golden rule here: treat others how you would want to be treated. Think about how you want someone in a customer service role to treat you when you call with a complaint. Then, walk the interviewer through that ideal interaction. Speak slowly and clearly. This will show you understand the weight behind the question and the hypothetical situation.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving in to an interviewer who may be trying to lead you into a casual answer. As Office Administrator, you are trusted to represent the company well, even when faced with frustrated clients and difficult situations. You must show the interviewer that you understand the gravity of this responsibility and will conduct yourself accordingly.

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