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View the latest Executive Assistant Jobs in London, from Knightsbridge Recruitment Updated: 21st September 2022EA Job – Tech EntrepreneurSalary: £60,000-£85,000...
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HIGH FLYING EA to CEO – World Class Luxury Hospitality – Hybrid Working
£60,000 - £75,000
A fabulous role, my client are in the luxury hospitality industry and are seeking an exceptional Executive Assistant to support their Chief Executive at the highest level. Providing total rig...
Outstanding Senior EA for Founder of Exciting Tech Venture - Hybrid WFH - Scope to Travel with Founder
£60,000 - £70,000 depending on experience
Outstanding opportunity for a Senior Executive Assistant who is seeking to take the next step in their career and become more involved in the business, with scope to travel. My client are a next-leve...
Senior EA for Company Secretary of Global FTSE Listed Company
£55,000 to £65,000
My client is a household name, a FTSE listed global company well known for their professionalism and dedication to the welfare of their staff. Represented all over the world their Head Office is in ...
Office Manager - Fast Paced Entertainment Company
£50,000 - £60,000
I am looking for a highly driven, self-motivated natural people person with strong experience as an Office Manager. If you have been an Office Manager or Project Manager within a Mid-Large Size organi...
Private PA/Lifestyle Manager to UHNW Business Leader
£40,000 to £55,000 doe
I am looking for a bright and resourceful, project orientated Private PA/Lifestyle Manager to organise the personal life of the Principal of an entrepreneurial speciality finance company based in spec...
How to prepare for a job interview
Advice from someone who’s being recruiting Personal and Executive Assistants (and more) for over 20 years’.
The key to securing that perfect job is preparing for your job interview. There are various types, be it face to face, virtually or even on the phone. Whichever method your interviewer adopts, you need to be ready. Here are our top tips:
1. Be honest
Your CV must be accurate, well put together and error-free. If you’ve made something up or inflated the truth you will be caught out on your interview. You need to know your CV back to front and if you don’t it will look like you’ve made it up.
2. Do a social media review
Check that your social media accounts are appropriate. If they are not private accounts (LinkedIn for example) make sure they’re up to date and no awkward photos are going to come back to haunt you.
Preparation is key to a successful job interview. Do your research on the company and the person interviewing you. Check their LinkedIn profile, company social media pages and any news articles written about it. The more you know, the better. Think about what sort of questions you might be asked and plan some answers. You might get asked common ones such as “where do you see yourself in five years’” or “why do you want to work at this company”. However, lots of job interviewers ask competency questions too: “what are you most proud of”, “give an example of when you’ve shown XYZ…”
4. Presentation is key
Think about what to wear – it must be job appropriate but always smart and tidy. This goes for everything from your hair to your jewellery and shoes. What we wear says a lot about a person, it is part of our identity and if it doesn’t fit the company culture it could go against you.
5. Timing is everything
It should go without saying but be on time. Work out where you are going in advance and allow extra time for delays.
Get yourself ready mentally as well as practically. Have a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a good breakfast or lunch. Take some deep breaths and smile – it makes you relax.
7. After the interview
Make yourself stand out by emailing the person who interviewed you. And if you don’t get the job, ask for feedback so you can learn from your mistakes.
Preparing for Virtual Job Interviews
1. Take it seriously.
Employers are increasingly using video conferencing for an initial interview, before inviting people in face to face. It’s harder to build relationships this way so think about how you can stand out.
2. Be ready
Ensure you know the software you’re using for the interview. Have it downloaded and tested in good time to avoid last minute panics. Make sure your Wifi is working. Arrive 3 minutes early to the call so your interviewer isn’t waiting.
Choose somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. Put a do not disturb sign on your door if there’s a chance a parcel is being delivered just at the moment you’re pitching your fabulous experience.
4. Set the scene
Your backdrop matters. Think about what sort of impression you’re giving off. Make sure no drying laundry is visible and old coffee cups etc are out of sight. Have good lighting, some nice pictures or books, maybe even flowers in the background. But don’t go overboard – keep it natural.
5. Your presentation
As with a face-to-face job interview your presentation is equally important. Treat a virtual interview as a normal one. Dress accordingly for the job. As your interviewer will only see your head and shoulders, make sure your hair is immaculate. Consider what is going to look good on screen. Don’t go for overly bright or patterned clothes.
6. No phones
Have your phone on silent and landline off the hook.