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    6 Interview Traps...Avoid Them!

    It's tough to avoid typical interview traps if you're unsure what they are. Here are a half dozen to watch out for. 1. Confusing an Interview with an Interrogation. Most candidates expect to be interrogated. An interrogation occurs when one person asks all the questions and the other gives the answers. An interview is a business conversation in which both people ...
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    Some Interview Pointers for Admins

    Like many career advice experts, Steve Fogarty, staffing partner at Waggener Edstrom, says candidates should research a company thoroughly before an interview. And if the company is a private firm, that's not an excuse to skip doing your homework. Where there's a will, there's a way, and finding a way to gather information on a company "distinguishes the great candidates from ...
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    Figuring Out Why You're Not Getting Called For Interviews

    Figuring Out Why You're Not Getting Called For Interviews
    Sometimes, it's painfully easy to figure out why you didn't land the interview. Case in point: The 1991 cover letter I wrote to one Mr. Wooward instead of the correctly spelled Mr. Woodward. He sent it back to me with a circle around my fatal mistake. Most of the time, though, it's much more difficult to pinpoint why you're not getting ...
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    Interviews: Round 2

    Interviews:  Round 2
    Congratulations, you've made it to round two of the interview process. What are you likely to face, and what are your best strategies for nabbing the job? Keep these tips in mind as you head toward the finish line. * They'll quiz you to see if you really know your stuff. Make sure you are prepared to answer more detailed questions. ...
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    7 Ways to Stay Cool in the Interview

    7 Ways to Stay Cool in the Interview
    All the signals indicate the job is yours: You've endured hours of interviews, and now you're standing in front of the receptionist's desk with a potential colleague, engaging in harmless banter. The topic turns to your current job, and you tell her you can't wait to bail on your psycho manager and out-of-touch CEO. You've just shot your chances. Once word ...
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    6 Steps for Handling Interview Money Questions

    6 Steps for Handling Interview Money Questions
    Everyone wants as much money as an employer is willing to shell out. Yet when it comes to job interviewing, salary questions make most people squirm. One reason is that such questions pressure you to tip your hand during the negotiating game. Winning the salary you want requires some evasive action on your part. Choose your words carefully, and don't be ...
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    Admins Must Show Command of Language in Interviews

    Admins Must Show Command of Language in Interviews
    If you were under the impression that cramming for the SATs was the last time you'd ever have to worry about vocabulary, you're mistaken. In interviews, the words you use are often viewed as related to your level of education and general aptitude. Whether you're applying for your first postcollege job or trying to break into the executive ranks, it may ...
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    The 2 Minute Interview Drill

    According to one UCLA study, people evaluate one another using the "Three Vs": visual (appearance), vocal (voice) and verbal (what you say). About 93 percent of whether or not communication is effective is determined by nonverbal signals. Another study, conducted by a University of Toledo psychology professor, concluded that the first 30 seconds make or break the connection between two people ...
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    Admin Interview Checklist

    Admin Interview Checklist
    You’re interviewing for a job tomorrow, and you think you’re prepared: You’ve got your answers to a multitude of common interview questions down and have a few of your own for the interviewer. Your suit is pressed and ready. But what do you bring to the interview? We’ve created this handy checklist, with the help of Monster Interview Expert Marky Stein, ...
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    adMEN Interview Fashion Tips

    adMEN Interview Fashion Tips
    Men’s interview dressing has been fairly static over the years. In fact, it’s pretty much the same whether you’re applying for an entry-level position or for something higher up. The difference is that the entry-level guy isn’t expected to have as many - or as expensive - high-quality clothes. For a second or third interview, the new grad would wear different ...
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    STEP 1: Research the Administrative Assistant Field

    STEP 1: Research the Administrative Assistant Field
    Not sure if a career as an administrative assistant is right for you? Not sure where to get started learning about it? Luckily for you, AdminSecret has done the research! Find out what admins really do all day. The Job Joan Burge, an expert consultant to administrative professionals, outlines the most essential 12 key competencies of an admin in her book, ...
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    Interview Preparation Tips

    Interview Preparation Tips
    Some people think preparing for an interview takes place within a few days of the face-to-face meeting. You review your resume to make sure it’s focused to the job and make several copies to carry with you. You make sure your business suit is pressed and clean, get a good night’s sleep and pack your business cards. These are important tasks ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming an Administrative Assistant

    5 Steps to Becoming an Administrative Assistant
    You want to start an exciting career, you like to support people, and you are naturally friendly and helpful. Obviously you're thinking about becoming an administrative assistant. But where do you start? We’ve got the best step-by-step guide out there to take you from dreams to reality! STEP 1: Research the Field STEP 2: Decide if Becoming an Administrative Assistant Is ...
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    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!

    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!
    If you wanted to pick someone's brain about interviewing, Kent Kirch's would be a good one to pick. He's been involved in recruitment and candidate selection for 25 years and reckons he's interviewed about 3,000 candidates. He's now the global director of recruitment for Deloitte, which hires thousands of people every year. Expert Advice Kirch divides interviewing into four buckets -- ...
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    What to do when asked to take a Personality Test!

    What to do when asked to take a Personality Test!
    If you're asked to take a personality test as part of the hiring process, you have some choices to make -- theoretically, at least. For example, you could respectfully decline to take the test. You could ask the many questions you have concerning how the test was developed, what it purportedly measures, who will be administering it and interpreting the results, ...
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    Doing Your Homework Before the Interview

    Doing Your Homework Before the Interview
    Once upon a time, a job seeker landed an interview, skimmed the prospective employer's annual report, wowed the hiring manager with a few company facts and strolled into his dream job. That late-'90s fairy tale rarely comes true these days. With employers in more control of the labor market, candidates feel compelled to give it their all when preparing for interviews. ...
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    Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals

    Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals
    AdminSecret took their top five favorite quotes from Happy Worker's "Top 10 Fun Quotes for Administrative Professionals." They write... We apologize in advance for the uber-use of the word "secretary"... insert administrative professional, office manager, executive assistant or another title anywhere that you see fit. All the more reason to throw on the lip balm to quote up a storm for ...
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    Virtual Assistant Tips To Success

    Virtual Assistant Tips To Success
    Virtual Assisting has become one of the most exciting and rewarding home-based businesses. What a privilege it is to be a part of such an evolutionary industry that continually grows and offers new opportunities and rewards for those coming into the business and those veteran pros as well. Marketing your Virtual Assistant business can be a rewarding adventure, providing you with ...
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    Ten Tips to Stay Happy at Work

    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied with ...
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    Working with Today's Boss

    When Rosalind Hebert, CPS, started her first full-time administrative job in the 1980s, making coffee for her boss was her top priority every morning. Now, as an administrative assistant at the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Department, she seldom performs such tasks -- or even many traditional clerical duties, she says. Her boss writes his own email correspondence and has empowered her ...
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