Why do you want to become a secretary?

A nice secretary sits on the ground, posing for a picture. She wears a professional but attractive black outfit. Each of us has some reasons for their job choice. But not every reason sounds good in an interview.

Some women want to become secretaries since they believe it is an easy job–sitting on a phone, greeting visitors, drinking coffee…

While some personal assistant jobs really look like that, you should not refer to it while answering this interview question.

What is more, secretary is an important role, and most of the time the woman is responsible for a variety of office duties, and needs a decent set of skills and abilities to handle her job.


Motives the interviewers want to hear

Interviewers want to hear that:

  • You want to have this job, because you believe you can bring some value to the office as a secretary.
  • You have good communication skills, you are friendly, and people feel good with you. Simply you believe you can do a good job as a personal assistant.

Said in other words, they want to hear that you apply for the job not because it is good for you, but because you believe it would be good for them to hire you. You believe they would benefit from having you on board…


Sample answers

I enjoy talking to people, and I love to be responsible for organizing and scheduling things for someone. I have been doing this job for years and have the skills, so I believe I can be a good secretary. That is the main reason for my application.

From my point of view, secretaries are very important for every business. They keep their bosses informed about important things, they take care of the schedule and represent a first line of contact for many guests. What is more, a good secretary should do their best to keep a positive and friendly atmosphere in the office–at least I always try to do it in my job. I enjoy doing it, and that is the reason why I want to become your secretary.


Special tip: Running out of time? Interview for a job in a few hours, or days? Have a look at my eBook, the Secretary Interview Guide. Great answers to twenty most common interview questions for secretaries, and winning interview strategies will help you to get rid of stress, and to deliver your very best on a big day.

Thank you for checking it out!

Next questions: