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Top 25 Personal Assistant Interview Questions

Question 1 of 27
Sometimes personalities can clash. When have you had to modify or change your behavior to prevent a personality clash with a client?
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Question 2 of 27
Do you understand the role of this position? Why do you think you will excel as an assistant?
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The interviewer is testing your understanding of the job. We recommend that you study the job description prior to arriving for your interview. Be sure that you understand what the role entails, and when asked this question, simply provide a high-level overview of your understanding based on the description. Next, share your strengths and express how they will help you excel in this capacity.
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"Answer example, "I fully understand the role of this position and I am very excited about it! My experience in this arena dictates that I am qualified to be a successful candidate for the job. My organizational skills, communication abilities and desire to make the group work effectively assure me I will excel at this job."
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Question 3 of 27
Tell me about a time you had to multi-task. How comfortable are you handling more than one task at a time?
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Multi-tasking is your game! It is what people hire you for, and you thrive on it! The interviewer wants to hear that you are a gifted multi-tasker, and they want to hear that you have steps in place to keep yourself organized ensuring no tasks are missed. Tell the interviewer that being a personal assistant is all about helping another person make their life easier, and multi-tasking is what you have signed up to do! Next, share 1-2 examples of times when you have had to multi-task explaining what tasks you were juggling and the steps you took to ensure that none of your tasks were not missed in the process.
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"Answer example, "Multitasking is a large part of the life of a personal assistant. This role requires us to handle multiple items at the same time so I have built a strong comfort level with multitasking. Just last week, my team had an executive review, a client presentation and quarterly planning sessions happening at the same time. Through effective multitasking, I was able to prepare the team for all three deadlines, seamlessly."
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Question 4 of 27
What is the most challenging task you have completed as a personal assistant?
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Think about an out of the box task you completed for someone. Or, think about a project you were asked to complete that required a lot of research. The interviewer wants to hear that you took the initiative to problem solve and dominate the request. Share what task you were given, and explain your positive reaction upon hearing the request. Discuss how you eagerly took on the task as well as what steps you took to complete the request. Finally, be sure to mention the positive outcome that you had!
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"Answer example, "There are many behind the scenes superhero tasks that Personal Assistants accomplish on a daily basis. One of the more challenging is managing the schedules of multiple people who all have very full plates. To do this, I often have to move things around and weigh priorities to make sure critical needs are met/addresses in a timely fashion."
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Question 5 of 27
Are you a patient person? When has your patience really shown in the work place?
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Question 6 of 27
What personal assisting tasks do you feel you are exceptionally good at?
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Question 7 of 27
What type of personalities do you work best with?
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Question 8 of 27
Do you enjoy socializing with your clients?
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Question 9 of 27
How do you stay motivated?
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Question 10 of 27
When starting work for a new client, what are a few things you like to do to get to know the person and make them feel comfortable with you around?
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Question 11 of 27
When have you had to set aside your own personal way of doing things in order to better help a client?
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Question 12 of 27
Why should we hire you?
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Question 13 of 27
What are your strengths?
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Question 14 of 27
Have you ever been rejected by a client before? How did this make you feel? How did you bounce back from that?
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Question 15 of 27
When have you had a misunderstanding with a client? How did you two resolve the issue?
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Question 16 of 27
How do you try to avoid misunderstandings with your client?
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Question 17 of 27
What experience do you have helping someone with a disability?
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Question 18 of 27
You have been asked to set up a meeting. What actions will you take?
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Question 19 of 27
Why do you want to be my Personal Assistant?
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Question 20 of 27
Why do you want to leave your current job?
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Question 21 of 27
When have you shown a great deal of patience when working with a client?
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Question 22 of 27
What personal assistant experience do you have? What were your common tasks?
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Question 23 of 27
What tasks do you dislike most?
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Question 24 of 27
What are your career goals?
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Question 25 of 27
How are your communication skills?
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Question 26 of 27
What are the most important qualities to have as a personal assistant?
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Question 27 of 27
Describe yourself in three words.
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About Personal Assistant

August 2nd, 2018

Our Personal Assistant interview questions are split into two careers, the first is a medical personal assistant. One whom helps a disabled person with daily routine tasks. The second, is an executive personal assistant. One whom helps a business person with their schedule, phone calls, emails, etc. Our interview questions for personal assistant, are tailored more for a medical care giver. For interview questions regarding an executive assistant, visit: Executive Assistant

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