Secretary Interview Guide – Great Answers to All Difficult Interview Questions & More


Dear future Secretary,

Let me keep this page short and to the point. Here’s what I have for you:

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You will find answers to the following questions in the eBook:

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • What do you want to accomplish as a secretary?
  • Why did you leave your last job? (Why do you want to leave your present job?)
  • How do you imagine a typical day in work in this company?
  • Tell me about a situation when you were under pressure. How did you handle the pressure?
  • Would you mind working overtime?
  • How would you cope with an angry customer/client/guest?
  • Do you have experience with preparing letters, reports, bulletins, handbooks?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Why should we hire you, and not someone else?
  • And 10 other difficult interview questions for Secretaries

Check the sample below to see how this eBook can help you.


Sample from the eBook

Question: Why do you want to work as a secretary here (at our school, at our office), and not somewhere else?

Hint: You should focus on something that makes their place special–their goals and visions that resonate with yous, or on the methods of work they use, their working environment. You should simply focus on something that distinguishes them from their competitors, something the hiring managers should be proud of.

Having said that, interviewers are not stupid. They understand that a typical job seeker would be happy to get a secretary position in any institution that somehow resonates with their values. They know that we seek good salary and decent working conditions, and that’s it. However, you should do your best to convince them that their place is your first choice.

If you can not come up with anything better, say that the location of the office is perfect, or pick other trivial reason for your choice.

Sample answers

– I have been reading about you in news for years, and I have been watching your campaigns closely on social media. You are my favorite NGO, I like your vision, and the way you allocate the resources to projects. When I spotted the job offer for a secretary, I didn’t hesitate for a second. I would love to belong to this team.

– Your office is just ten minutes away from my apartment. This is the main reason for my preferences. I believe it is good also for you, becasue I can come to work quickly anytime you need me around.


Question: What do you want to accomplish on this position?

Hint: You should always have some goals on your mind, though it is not easy to find any major accomplishments in the profession of a secretary.

But you can focus on small things, or everyday achievements, such as helping the work to flow nicely, helping to improve the reputation of the company (with your excellent customer service and professional conduct in work), maintaining a good atmosphere in the workplace, etc. Simple everyday achievements, which happen to be extremely important for each company.

Sample Answers

– I do not seek any major achievements. If I help this company to prosper, if my boss enjoys their work, and if I help them to work effectively, it will make me happy. That’s all I want to accomplish as a secretary.

– Since this is my first job application, I look forward to learn new things, and to become a great administrative worker. I believe this position would be a good starting point for me. At the same time, however, I hope to help you enjoy your time in work, and reduce the workload, helping with administrative tasks, and with anything else you may need.


Question: Can you tell me a little about your working experience?

Hint: Many job applicants underestimate questions about their working experience and education. But you should know that interviewers assess way more than just your working experience when asking you this question.

First of all, they ask you to tell them a little about your working experience. Many job applicants do not get this part of the question, or they simply ignore it.

They start talking about each and every job they have ever had, and they do explain it in great detail. It’s a clear sign that they do not listen carefully, that they do not speak to the point. A good secretary can not afford such a luxury…

Some people even tend to speak about their former bosses, complaining, revealing information (sometimes confidential information), and referring to reasons why they left their last job. However, this is the worst thing you can do.

Nobody wants to hire a secretary who talks badly about a company, or about their boss…

If you decide to talk about your previous bosses in an interview (or if you are asked to do so), you should talk nicely about them. However, I would advice you to avoid talking about them altogether. Good secretary should talk about totally different matters, such as their achievements from last jobs, the value they brought to their past employers, important lessons they learned in their career, and so on.

Sample Answers

– I’ve been working as an administrative assistant and as a cashier. I took these jobs as a learning experience, and they helped me to improve my computing and communication skills. Now, however, I am looking for something different, and that’s why I applied for the secretary position in your company. Would you like to know more details of my past employment, such as what I did on a daily basis?

This is my first real job application, so I do not have much working experience. But I have volunteered for the Red Cross, and I also picked strawberries abroad during my studies. I believe that every experience teaches us something, and also I feel like I did a good job at both places. Now I am eager to get my first real job—a job of a secretary. I hope you will give me a chance….

End of the sample

These were just three questions. You will find twenty in the book, and more:

  • Personality test, with right answers to test questions (common in agency recruitment and big companies).
  • Guide on how to identify the value you can bring to your employer, and how to demonstrate this value in a job interview.
  • Two winning interview strategies that will help you to make the best possible impression on the hiring panel.
  • … and more.

All information from someone who has interviewed more than two hundred applicants for various secretary jobs, and more than two thousand job applicants in general.

Jacob Gates, author of the eBook

But I do not want to boast about my experience, or waste your time with lengthy sales page, or some imaginary discounts. You have read the samples, you know what the eBook is about, and surely you can tell whether it will help you in your interview.

I sincerely believe it will help you to get a job of a Secretary. And you can read it easily in two or three hours, it’s 11,000 words. Only things that truly matter for your success.

What is more, you have a risk free sixty days money back guarantee. If you don’t like my eBook for any reason, or no reason at all, just let me know (email me at jacob[at]secretaryinterviewquestions[dot]com) within 60 days and I will give you a full refund.


Recap and technical information about the book

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  • Multiple answers to all difficult questions.
  • Winning interview strategies for secretaries.
  • All you need to know to ace your interview.
  • Format: eBook (.pdf format, you can read it on your desktop, tablet, smart phone, or kindle, and you can easily print it if you want)
  • Author: Jacob Gates
  • 14,000 words
  • Published in November 2017, updated for 2019
  • Simple & secure checkout with PayPal, instant download
  • Risk-free 60 days money back guarantee
  • Price: $24.95 (You will easily make it back after two hours in your new job, consider it an investment in your career which will pay back a thousand times…)
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So that’s it for today. I really hope the book will help you, and look forward to see you in an interview (or anywhere else).


Jacob Gates,

Your personal job interview coach

P.S. Send me an email to jacob[at]secretaryinterviewquestions[dot]com if you are still not sure how this guide will help you to get a job, or if you have any questions. I try my best to answer all messages within twelve hours.