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Administrative Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application Details

I applied through other source – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

Interview Details

I was in a different department interviewing for that department in front of a panel of six. A panelist took my resume back to her department for the position that was open in her department. I was call in for my first interview a week or so after the interview with the panel and the second the week after that. Was hired and I've been here in the College Advising Office ever since (16 years). I'd start to interview with other departments after not being able to go any farther in this department.

Interview Questions
  • The most difficult Question is where do you what to be in five or ten years.   View Answer
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Positive Experience
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online received a call for an interview 3 days later.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a response two weeks later. I would recommend applying the day the job is posted to get in the pool of applications that actually get received. There was a scheduled phone interview where I was asked questions like "Describe yourself", "Describe how you handle stress", "What is your experience with MS Office?", very basic, non-behavioral based interview questions. After a successful phone interview, I did a 1:1 interview with the Assistant Dean of the dept., who was nice and asked several of the same questions in the phone interview. Then I was sent to a series of panel interviews that combined lasted about 3 hours. The questions were all focused on my skill sets and past performances.

    Perception of the office: It seemed to me that the people who worked there were rather cold and professional, and one woman indicated that I would be everyone's servant (without actually saying that, but she impressed that idea quite firmly) and that I would have to deal with people who were in bad moods often (again, not her exact words, but the general idea). I came away from the interview not wanting the position. I do not know who they hired for the job, but the last person who held the job had a master's and was working on a Phd...so obviously extremely overqualified for a job that requires a minimum h.s. diploma.
    The salary seems fair with the market, $30,000 for an admin. assistant job.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were generally easy, and no behavioral based interview questions (example "Tell me about a time when you...), which was fortunate because I'm pretty sure everyone hates those questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    After submitting application online I heard a response via phone message within 2 weeks requesting an interview. Met with a panel of managers who would share supervisor duties for the position. Questions focused on my personal goals and how I handle stress in the workplace. I had done research of the department online and was able to format my answers to apply to the position/department. All of the four managers facilitating the interview asked questions and participated; rapport was congenial. I made a point to make eye contact with all questioners when answering questions. After this group interview I was introduced to another administrative assistant and given an opportunity to discuss the position and the work environment.

    I sent thank you letters to all of the managers I met with as well as the admin assistant. I followed up via e-mail after a week with no response. A week later I received a phone message thanking me for the interview and informing me they went with another candidate who had more experience I was encouraged to continue applying to U Penn. . I had a mistake on my resume that was pointed out during the initial interview; I have a feeling that was the one thing that cost me this position more than anything else. I sent another thank you letter asking for any advice as I continue my job search but received no further response.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle multiple projects and deadlines from different supervisors?   View Answer
    • How would you manage a staff of work-study students?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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