Dress appropriately. Plan your outfit at least the night before and make sure it is clean/pressed.
Turn OFF your cell phone (a lot of people forget this one).
Bring copies of your resume and references for the interviewer as well as a pad of paper and a pen. Be polite and friendly to EVERYONE that you meet because the hiring manager may ask for their opinion.
Look the interviewer in the eyes. Speak clearly. Smile. Try to use “confident” body language.
Stay calm and try to remember that an interview is a 2 way discussion. You’re trying to find out of an employer is going to be good for you, just like they are trying to find out if you will be good for them.
Prepare some answers for the typical questions like “tell me about yourself” “what are your greatest strengths/weaknesses” “where do you see yourself in x years” (you can search for interview questions and answers and see what more of the typical questions are as well as the best ways to answer them)
Try to include specific examples of your relevant skills, experience, and abilities in your answers. Remember you’re selling yourself so you want to point out things that are relevant to the company.
Stay positive. Try to frame everything in a positive way, even if it is/was horrible. Never speak badly of other people or past positions/companies. There is always something polite to say.
If you find yourself flustered, its ok to ask for a moment to think about the question… it is, afterall, a discussion and discussions have pauses and silence in them.
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Look into the company, their vision, the duties of the job, and the typical pay for a similar position in your area.
Ask questions at the end. You should prepare 5-10 questions (I prepare 8 in case some get answered) based on the research you have done.
What are your educational qualifications that would support your application for the job of a clerk?
Any job that has a responsibility attached to it has several qualifications that should be held by a person that applies for the said profile. Speak with a few friends, and compile a list of your qualifications and positive attributes. See which relate to the job. List them, with a quick real-life example of that trait in action.
Make sure that you carry your academic as well as other documents that support your application for the said position. Of course, not every interviewer will have the time to go through your documents, but the very fact that you have brought them would give you some extra leverage in obtaining the job offer.
How many languages do you speak? (Optional – depends on the job description)
With the advent of globalization and outsourcing, it is very important to know more than one language, so as to be better placed to interact with all kinds of clients.
Tell me a little about yourself. This is always a tough one because you may be asking yourself “what do they want to know?” Focus on your skills, abilities and your interests. The interviewer wants to know about you and what your plans are for the present and the future. Remember to keep the answer brief because it can set the tone for the rest of the interview.
Why do you want to work for us? Here’s your chance to tell the interviewer why you chose to apply for the job. Don’t say because of the pay. While it is good to be honest, that may be pushing it. This is your opportunity to talk about how this job will help you and mention your availability.
Here’s the commonly asked questions that you must answer correctly to set yourself apart:
- What are the roles and responsibilities of a clerk?
- What are your educational qualifications that would support your application for the job of a clerk?
- What are your career goals working as a clerk?
- What do you deem the most important part of a clerk job?
- How would you describe a type work day in a clerk life?
- What experience do you have for clerk position?
- What have you done to improve your clerk knowledge in the last year?
- What have you learned from mistakes on the clerk job?
- Why do you think you are suitable for this position?
- How do you handle pressure at work?
- What should be the qualities of an clerk?
- Are you comfortable using a phone system?
- What computer skills do you have and what programs are you comfortable using?
- Tell me about your teamwork skills for clerk position?
- Tell me about your general clerk experience?
- What are the important duties and responsibilities of an clerk?
Meeting management interview questions
- What is your experience with meeting planning and calendar maintenance?
- How do you coordinate and schedule a meeting?
- If I asked you to schedule a meeting and insure that all aspects of the meeting are taken care of, what will you do?
- What is your experience with meeting planning and calendar maintenance?
- What are steps to organize a meeting?
- Please tell me a checklist of a meeting.
- Please tell me forms that you need to use in a meeting?
Filing and records management
- What are the legal implications associated with a records management program?
- What steps are involved in determining the retention period for records?
- Name the factors to consider in determing the appropriate retention period for records.
- Name the risks of having an ineffective records management program.
- What actions can you take to facilitate the retrieval of records?
- Tell us about your experience in managing off-site records storage?
- Have you managed off-site records storage or did you use a contract facility?
- What are the critical service requirements in using a contract facility for off-site records storage?
- How do you work with confidential information?
- What are the different means by which documents may be filed?
- Tell me about the last job you did that involved record-keeping or bookkeeping?
- Describe your filing system. (Do they mention both cabinet filing and computer filing?) How would you “file” computer files?
- What were your grades in Math? English? Spelling?
- How are your proof reading skills? Describe how you proof read.
- Do you speak any other languages?
Written communication skills
- Please provide a few examples of written communication (just mention) for example? writing to embassies or central banks.
- Please elaborate on all the types of business communication you have dealt with.
- What program or application do you use for your written communication?
- Please explain how you would edit a letter that you have to type up. Will you only correct the spelling mistakes or do you make changes to the sentences and format of the letter as well?
- Do you prefer everything to be stored in one place or do you have a system for remembering where stuff is?
- Provide an example of where you had to organize a schedule, people or work space and elaborate on how you went about doing it.
- What do you perceive as the worst part in your present/last job?
- We have problems with___________ Please provide us with a solution to it.
- Provide an example of a conflict situation where you had to select between priorities and how did you reach a compromise?
- How do you handle a too large workload?
- Provide an example of where you had to deal with an angry colleague about work and explain how you resolved the issue.
- Provide an example of a strict deadline you had to deal with recently and explain how you kept the deadline.
- Work priority scheduling
- How do you plan work priorities? Do you use a specific system and if so, explain?
- When you have three or more important projects scheduled for the same day, do you have a system in place to decide which one needs to be finished first?
- On what do you base your decision for the priority level of the work?
- What different systems have you used to store information and documents?
- What record keeping were you responsible for?
- What sort of data were you responsible for processing?
- What are your job description?
- How does your previous work experience equip you for this job?
- Which computer software have you used?
- What types of correspondence were you responsible for?
- What reports did you have to compose, format or check and distribute?
- What types of filing systems have you managed?
- What information were you responsible for processing?
- What sort of information did you have to keep confidential in your last clerical job?
- What experience do you have with handling money?
- What experience do you have with setting up meetings?
- What sort of interactions did you have with the public?
- How many calls did you have to take on an average day?
- Were you responsible for coordinating any events, projects or programs?
- Describe the busiest work situation you have recently had?
- Can you give me an example of the sort of deadlines you had to meet?
- How do you prioritize your work?
- Describe any innovations you successfully made in your last job to improve efficiency?
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Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.