How to prepare for an interview for a personal assistant

Updated June 13, 2017

Interviews can be nerve wracking. It is vital to make the right first impression and to show your interviewer that you are the right person for the job. By preparing yourself carefully for your personal assistant interview you can calm your nerves and give the best impression you can. As a personal assistant, you will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills so showcase these abilities in your interview. Preparation and practice will help you succeed.

Read through the job description and person specification carefully. Make a list of all the experience and qualifications you have that match those on the person specification. Think about how your qualities match those that the role requires.

Research the company. Have an up to date knowledge of current issues affecting the organisation. Know some facts and figures to show that you are really interested in the company.

Think about the questions that you may be asked in the interview. Prepare some answers for these questions in advance so that you are not caught out and left without an answer in the interview itself. Include practical examples of your experience as evidence for your skills.

Talk to anyone you know who employs a personal assistant and ask them if they will give you a practice interview. Make sure they give you truthful and honest feedback.

Plan your journey in advance. Consider how long it will take you to get to the interview. Allow time for traffic, delays and unforeseen circumstances. Make sure you have plenty of money if you need to get a taxi, for example. Try out the journey the week before on the same day and at the same time, if possible, so you have a clear idea of how long it will take.

Choose your outfit carefully and try it on again the day before the interview to make sure it still fits. Wear an outfit that gives the right impression – a personal assistant is a professional role so it is important that you look the part.

Make sure you get an early night. Have a relaxing bath and a hot drink to help you sleep. Try some relaxing essential oils. Set at least two alarms and resist the temptation to hit the snooze button.


Arrive early for the interview. Be friendly but professional. Remember to smile.

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About the Author

Based in Hampsire in the south of England, Alison Williams has been writing since 1990. Her work has appeared in local magazines such as "Hampshire Today" and "Hampshire the County Magazine." Williams is qualified in newspaper journalism and has a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the Open University. She has recently published her first novel "The Black Hours" and has a master's in creative writing.