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Don’t Diss the Admin Assistant when you Interview

OfficeTeam, a national staffing firm confirmed what hiring managers have known for a long time – Diss the Administrative Assistant when you are on the interview and you may not get the offer.
As you interview for internships and jobs, you should know that in addition to impressing hiring managers and other key decision makers you meet –you may also have to impress the Administrative Assistants you meet.

Why? They are major gate keepers into the organizations.

More than 61 % of executives surveyed said they considered their assistant’s opinion very important or somewhat important when evaluating potential new hires. Why wouldn’t they? Executives rely on their Assistants for other things, so why not this?

A business owner who ran a small auto supply company with his father shared with me a story about what happened when he and his father were interviewing for a new sales representative. Before one interview, his father was in the company lobby wiping up a coffee spill. One job seeker literally stepped over his father’s hand to get to the receptionist’s desk. When the receptionist said, “You almost stepped on him.” The job seeker said, “You guys should do cleaning at night anyway?”

He didn’t get hired.

I go a step further and tell students to not only be nice to the Admin Assistants, but be courteous to parking attendants, security staff or facilities crew.

You never know who might have input in the hiring decision. You want as many people on your side as possible.
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