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Interview Question Database

Tell me about your administrative experience.

To get a sense of how much experience you have with administrative tasks.

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Answer Tips

Administrative means office experience. Tell the interviewer about any experience you have with filing, photocopying, database updating, e-mailing in a professional context, answering phone calls in a professional context etc. 

Can you please tell me about your experience with Microsoft Office? Which programs are you familiar with and what have you used them to do?

To gauge how familiar you are with common office tools.

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Answer Tips

Don't just list the programs you know. Take the time to give examples of what you've used each one to do and in what context. 

Do you have any experience managing a professional e-mail account and/or taking meeting minutes?

To see if you have experience with business e-mail writing, and can handle a high-volume inbox that has a specific tone in mind.

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Do you have any experience drafting business correspondence and/or maintaining databases?

Business writing is very different from academic writing. You might be able to use 5,000 words to explain a concept, but can you succintly give context and get the point across in ~4 lines?

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Do you have any experience managing logistics and planning for events and meetings?


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Answer Tips

Use the STAR technique - Situation, Action, Task, Result. Pick a time and tell a story that shows you know the steps in planning and executing events. 

Do you have any experience managing logistics and planning for events and meetings?


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Answer Tips

Use the STAR technique - Situation, Action, Task, Result. Pick a time and tell a story that shows you know the steps in planning and executing events. 

Tell me about a time when you've had to juggle conflicting priorities.


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Answer Tips

Use the STAR technique - Situation, Action, Task, Result. Pick a time and tell a story that shows you know the steps in planning and executing events. 

Give an example of a time you showed initiative in the workplace.


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Answer Tips

Use the STAR technique - Situation, Action, Task, Result. Pick a time and tell a story that demonstrates your ability to show initiative.