Office Junior interview: tips and questions.
There are opportunities for inexperienced young people who want to work in an office. This will give a good grounding in many activities within a company before they make a decision as to whether they want to stay in an office or consider a different career.
Although educational qualifications aren’t essential, a good knowledge of spoken and written English is necessary. Spelling accuracy is also important. Most school leavers will be able to operate a computer and will be able to type to a certain level, although they may not know their way around the “formal” office programmes.
As employment has been more difficult to find because of the economic situation there are now graduates applying for office junior positions. The office junior, until recently was usually aged up to about eighteen or nineteen years, and because they didn’t know very much and had few qualifications, the starting salary was quite low.
An office junior’s position is still an extremely good way of beginning at a company; learning about the differing functions within the office, such as answering the phone, taking messages, typing of letters and memos, and dealing with the post. The office junior still makes the tea and coffee – some things never change!
It is essential for the office junior to arrive at the appointment in good time. Arriving late simply isn’t an option and is highly likely to disqualify your application. Of course, a genuine reason for lateness will be considered. Dress simply, but smartly in clothes which are age appropriate.
Switch off the mobile phone as soon as you arrive at the company, and don’t smoke either inside or just near the door.
The interviewer will realise that you will be nervous and will make allowances. When you are introduced to the interviewer, smile. Remember to use their name occasionally. Don’t look down at the floor, concentrate on the interviewer and when you are asked a question speak clearly without shouting. If you don’t hear the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it.
If you have taken any courses, perhaps typing or computer skills make a point of showing any certificates you have. There will be competition for an office junior’s position, so make sure that your application stands out.
Don’t be afraid to ask any relevant questions as the interviewer will be pleased that you are showing interest and at the end of the interview thank the interviewer and confirm that you really want the job if they offer it to you.