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degnan

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2010-09-21 16-39-03

200 resumes for one Administrative Assistant I applied for an Administrative Assistant position and was lucky enough to get ed in for a pre-screen interview. I was told (at the beginning of the interview) they received 200 resumes and that 185 were qualified for the job. Out of those, only 15 would be interviewed and only 5 will be chosen to interview with the owner. She told me during my interview that I had made the last cut and would be meeting with the owner sometime over the next 2 weeks. Now I am nervous. I know I can do this job. I sold myself to her by being completely honest and open during the interview. This position will be more than an Admin. Assistant. It will be a one person office. Pay and benefits are very very good. The owner will only be in the office about 10% as he has several business' and does not live in this state. I have a question for the HR people or anybody really. I was told part of my job would be setting up and playing hostess at cocktail parties for a small number of people that the owner would bring into town. Would it be "too much" to do a little research and have a list of caterers and/or venues ready before my interview? Would this show how desperate I am for a job or would it show my willingness and determination to do my job? Any help would be great.
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shreves

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2010-09-25 9-45-48-

I would not do that it's a little odd. Meeting planning and party planning is standard admin stuff nothing special. Plus if you are meeting with the owner he doesn't care about catering co's. It's going to be about a good fit more than anything.
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  • leonetti

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    2010-09-30 11-21-07

    Admin work Meeting planning is standard stuff. Event planning is not standard stuff unless you are in a position such as this, which seems to be more of a personal assistant position. OP has stated that she is meeting with HR, and only 5 will go on to meet with the owner. So she is not meeting with the owner initially. OP, it's obvious that you're bright and detail-oriented. There are certain things in your post that sell your thoughtfulness about the details, and to me those are the same things that will sell you to HR if you speak that eloquently at an in-person interview. In this position, you know you already have the admin skills, but thought to all the minutiae is very relevant. One thing--just be sure if you put anything in writing, you watch out for things like business' instead of businesses (which, given your writing skills, was probably jut an oops, not an "I don't know a plural"). That's the devil in the details. I'm not sure that what you'd like to do with providing a list is an oversell anymore than it is a good solid move. Given the job market, who knows? It's so hard to determine a good move from a bad move in this topsy-turvey economy. But I think if you just be yourself, and continue to have the confidence in yourself that you obviously have, you'll shine at this interview and you'll get an interview with the owner. Best of luck!
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    cherry

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    2010-10-02 23-19-15

    Correction I reread the post and saw the "meeting with owner" comment this time. My apologies to tplvth.
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  • mcgowin

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    2010-10-03 9-19-58-

    Did you get the sense that they were thinking of having a caterer? Or do you think they meant you would be the hostess and would have to set up the function yourself? At our company, we don't use caterers per se - we have local food vendors or our cafeteria that we get appetizers and such from but we have to set up the rooms, service the wine, etc. I would have info in my back pocket and if they mentioned that event planning was part of the job - I would then say something like you have experience in that area with and then drop the names of the caterers and other venues. If you have made to the 5 list out of 200 I think you have a pretty good shot at the job. Good Luck
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  • Madan

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    2010-10-03 12-04-32

    Thanks breathedeeply What I was told was that event planning would be part of the job. I would have to find a place, order appetizers & cocktails and be the hostess. I would be setting up the entire office from the ground up (empty building), ordering all supplies (furniture, equipment, utilities, etc), be his representative when he could not be here.
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    your trying to work... your trying to work on someone elses dream. Yes you are by using your talents for someone else
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    2010-10-12 5-42-25-

    any job that you make money on from getting people to join and not as much from them buying is bullshit. they will also tell you that you need to invest in any company you want to start, well i have never started a company for 499 dollars
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    zabinski

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    2010-10-12 21-57-35

    sometimes you can overprepare If you suggest Italian, they might prefer something different. Than your like....oh um sorry. Instead mention any experience you have in any of the job duties, even if it was only hosting parties for friends or your hubby's business associates at home. Or just mention your great organization skills, he'll match the peices up. Boy, I wish I took my own advice, next interview I am posting here first. Good Luck!
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    dunman

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    2010-10-18 1-32-22-

    Thanks for all the great advice. I will take all the advice I get into consideration before my interview. I think I will prepare a list ahead of time but not use it unless I feel that it will be needed. Such as being asked "How soon could you prepare a cocktail party for 10?" or "Part of your job duties will include hosting parties for a variety of people. How would you handle this?" I am a very organized person (most of the time LOL) and being prepared and planning ahead are everyday things to me. Keep the advice coming please.
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    balla

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    2010-10-18 16-55-33

    One time a job I interviewed for had 800 resumes submitted. I got the job. They didn't check my references or background. I just did well in the interview. I left soon after though because it wasn't for me. This was when the economy was bad about 7 or 8 years ago.
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