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04/02/2013 at 14:36
So after feedback from my interview last week I'm really nervous. Apparently I didn't give enough substance to my answers and they were concerned I wouldn't make the transition from a small company to large multi-national organisation.
So hints & tips please.
The role is for PA to large Private Equity House.
04/02/2013 at 14:40
Sorry no tips (I'm crap at interviews), but good luck!!
04/02/2013 at 14:43
Thanks DD. Feedback from last week said I'm 90% there, it's the 10% that lost me the second round so really don't want to lose out on this one.
04/02/2013 at 14:52
is it a 1:1 role lovely?
Good luck - another pants at interview help but youll be ace x - Actually your agency should be able to give you practical tips and help hun x
04/02/2013 at 14:55
Congraulations on getting another interview!!
From the sounds of their feedback, it would be worth trying to include examples in your answers where possible, including ones that show flexibility and ability to fit into new scenarios (to combat the small firm point).
Good Luck - hope it goes well for you x
04/02/2013 at 15:01
Well Done on getting another interview!
Maybe when answering a question you could give an example of how you have done it in the past succesfully. I obviously only interview nurses so I can't think of a relevant example but something like, they ask, what would you do in this situation with this rude client and you asnwer giving example of how you are fabulous you are in dealing with rude clients.
04/02/2013 at 15:06
I was an executive PA for over 10 years. In my interviews I always gave examples to my answers, if they asked me a question how I went about a certain thing I would give an example of what I have done and how it impacted the company etc. as for going from a small to large company you can stress that the knowledge and experience you have gained and working with a variety of people makes you a good people person and that you can adapt to change etc, again try to give an example where you have done this. I always tried to show where I went over and above my role.
Sorry I'm no help, haven't done an interview in many years but really hoping you get it! Good luck x
04/02/2013 at 15:19
Thanks everyone. My trouble is I do aboslutely jack all here, the work has dried up and as you all know I just surf the net. So thinking of examples where I've gone above and beyond - or dealt with tricky situations aren't there as there is nothing going on here. I have to wing it.
04/02/2013 at 15:37
I agree that using examples is the best way but my top tip is to ask at the end of the interview
I would really like this job, is there anything else you need to know about me.
Look I know it's sounds nobbish, but I used to work in Bond street (recruitment) and if I had a pound for every time a client said 'what swung it is she asked for the job!' ....
Good luck, I know you need a new challenge so really hope you get it.
04/02/2013 at 15:43
Its easy when the work dries up to become a bit 'rusty' at work and to forget the stuff you used to do. So cast your mind back to when things were busier and think of examples. Write them down and think of examples that will benefit this new company.
The big difference between a small company and a huge one is the number of people you will have to co-ordinate with to get things done. So in a small company, you probably have more autonomy and only have to ask a couple of people their opinion on things whereas in a large company there will be systems (or should be) in place for things. So try to find examples of when you've co-ordinated with lots of others and what you managed to achieve doing it.
I'm guessing that you need to show that you can get on with a wide variety of people while also being the first port of call for people who want to see your boss - the gate keeper for them. They'll want someone who is on the ball and remains calm in a crisis. And who can think of solutions for themselves and can, when appropriate, take things forward without needing to check back first.
Good luck with it.
04/02/2013 at 15:47
Agree, give examples for each answer as best as possible. Is it competency based or just general chit chat this time around? Agree with what Beez said- I loved interviewing people who were clearly enthusiastic about the role and showed genuine interest. Be sure to ask at least 3 questions at the end too. Perhaps be honest about the lack of work at a small company and how you like to have a big workload to keep you busy/motivated which is why a change to a big corporation interests/suits you?
Lots of luck!! Let us know how you get on.
In fact we interviewed recently at work and asked the candidates if there was anything else they wanted to know or to tell us at the end of the interview. This seemed to throw several of them. The person we offered the job to (an entry level position) was completely open at this stage about his lack of experience (we knew this anyway) but talked about how much he wanted the job.
There was a second round of interviews but that was the thing that got him past the first round.
04/02/2013 at 15:53
Again thank you. I always ask something at the end but like adding what Beez said. Actually just reading through the spec properly its not right for me in terms of experience and expectations (working for deal team so loads of overtime) but will go along for experience.
04/02/2013 at 15:57
Good luck chick, I have no advice, but you have some fab replies here
04/02/2013 at 16:02
Ooh good luck. I'm no good at interview, I hate them. It actually puts me off applying for a new job.
04/02/2013 at 16:53
I work for a small company and have been job hunting for what seems like an age (waiting on security clearance so Ive finally got a new one!)
What I've said in interviews is that whilst the company has under 200 employees so there is approx 15people in my team, its working with & communicating accross the company as a whole that provides the most positive customer experience which I strive to delivered ie whilst I am responsible for securing & processing orders I then liaise with despatch for delivery, service for installation and accounts ref credit control & invoicing to provide the customer with an overall positive experience.
I actually dont do this co-ordination, I'd spend way too much time on one order but by saying I do I sound responsible, excellent communication and able to work within a large team (ie the whole company), Little white lies are fine! Besides I know I can & could (& often do end up chasing other depts).
04/02/2013 at 17:46
You have to relate everything back to you, so if they ask about something then tell them what it is, how you have come accross it, what you think if it . Or if you haven't dealt with it tell them what you know about it and what you want to learn from it.
Good luck x
04/02/2013 at 18:34
No tips as been out the job market too long myself but want to wish you good luck.
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