Winning at Your Interview

By March 19, 2017Blog
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We have been talking about our amazing personal assistant and virtual assistant jobs here at Toronto Assistant Services. Have you been following along? If so, you are doing fantastic so far! You have written a kick-ass resume, you have submitted it, and you have won an interview spot for our unfilled position! Did you know that our opinion of someone is formed in the first seven seconds of meeting them? Let us give you some pointers to help you make a great first in-person first impression.

Be on time. The buses and trains and traffic are all unpredictable. Please give yourself enough time!

Introduce yourself. Please be polite, say “Hi,” and introduce yourself with a handshake!

Know my name. Don’t approach me and say, “Hi, are you Marielle?” Getting only the first letter right doesn’t count. We have e-mailed each other a few times by this point, so you have seen my name in writing. Please get it right. Double check it before entering the building, maybe.

Do your homework. You need to be able to get yourself around a computer and have some critical thinking skills to be successful at any and all virtual assistant jobs and personal assistant jobs! You no doubt know our company name. You have gotten e-mails from us. Please do not show up at the interview and tell me you have not been on our website, or that you didn’t even know we have a website. Please come prepared to answer questions on what you know about us.

I should already know what to expect. I went over this in the last article titled Submitting Your Resume & Getting a Call-Back: you should have answered all of the preliminary questions thoroughly and accurately. Do not say that you are available every day and are completely flexible, then show up for the interview and say you are a full time student. If you are a student, fine, just give us that information in advance so that we can proceed accordingly.

End with a hand shake. And a smile. And a thank you. And if you still remember my name, throw that in there, too!

Send a follow-up e-mail. Nothing says I am so not interested than leaving an interview and never reaching out to me again. It is customary (if you want the job) to send a follow-up e-mail thanking me for my time and telling me that you want the job. Follow-up e-mails are crucial in the corporate world. Your clients will need you to be sending these for them, so the best candidates are the ones who understand their importance and have the forethought to send them in all situations.

As I mentioned before, every step of the process is a test. If you’re late to your interview, you will probably be late for your clients, etc. Make a great first impression! We have unique and fulfilling virtual assistant jobs (and personal assistant jobs) ready and waiting. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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  • Bill says:

    Very interesting read. I never knew employers were so critical, but I guess it makes sense. I’ll have to go back and sharpen my skills.

    • Bill, yes, this is very true. Hiring managers are extremely critical! Although we prefer to think of ourselves as “picky” or “selective.” 😉 We are looking for the best of the best! I’m glad you found this information helpful.

  • Anastasia G. says:

    Wow, this article was really insightful.

  • Stephanie Solomon says:

    I’ve had a lot of really crazy experiences during interviews since coming to Canada. Hiring managers are rude and judgmental. I am asked questions that I always thought were off-limits. Why do you think that is?

    • Hi Stephanie, thank you for your question. The only answer I can think to give you is that not everyone out there is professional and not everyone follows the rules regarding discrimination. If you get a bad feeling at an interview, I recommend not pursuing employment with that company. Odds are, if they are rude during the interview it’s not going to get better once you are employed there.

      I’ve gotten some negative feedback from the posts I’ve made about interview etiquette and how to write a resume, etc. I’m actually not trying to be rude. My articles are written with humour and are meant to be helpful. But they are truthful and probably do hint at some of the frustration that we as hiring managers go through.

      I would be happy to talk with you more about writing a great resume, interview etiquette, etc. I bet we could both learn something! Contact me on our business number to discuss!

      ~Megan, CEO

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