Got an interview coming up? We’ve explored the BEST questions to ask at the end of your interview…

The pressure of wondering what to ask on the spot and quickly thinking of something to ask relating to anything mentioned in the interview can be a pretty hot seat for anyone, and that’s why it’s important to think through options beforehand. That way, you can ask your questions with confidence, and ensure you leave your interviewer with the best impression possible.

What to look for when hiring a Personal Assistant

If you’ve come to find yourself in a position where you need to hire a personal assistant, you might find yourself asking what the secret is to make the relationship work and how to find the right person for the job. Coby Philips Recruitment Consultancy are experts in placing personal assistants into all types of organisations across London, and we want to share our top pieces of advice with you to ensure you find the right candidate in minimal time. What would we say are some of the most important attributes when hiring a personal assistant? Strong organisational skills, flexibility, patience, and of course personality. It’s absolutely essential that both you and your personal assistant get on well with each other. You’ll be spending a lot of time together and you should see your personal assistant as your go-to person, your ‘right-hand man’ if you like. If you find that you have clashing personalities, this won’t be as easy. Take a look at some of the attributes we would say are essentials when hiring your first personal assistant: Proactive Approach A personal assistant should be able to take control of their working day and make proactive steps to make sure everything gets done (without being micromanaged). A good personal assistant should be able to anticipate their boss’s needs, prioritise tasks and make sure to follow through on everything. It’s highly likely that decision making could be left down to the personal assistant when you’re not there, and you need to be sure that they’re going to make the right decisions on your behalf. Strong Interpersonal Relationship Skills As your...

Getting your foot in the door as a receptionist with no experience

In any company, every employee plays an essential role in company success. The job as a receptionist sometimes gets overlooked as unimportant, but being the first point of contact for a company is what gives an initial impression to anybody visiting, calling or enquiring. The first impression of any business starts at the receptionist’s desk. Employees value a receptionist who takes great pride in their work and who wants to make a favourable first impression. When companies look to hire a receptionist, they look for candidates with strong interpersonal skills and an immediate positive and professional demeanour. The typical responsibilities that a receptionist would hold include greeting customers, handling incoming calls and basic administrative duties. If you’re looking to become a receptionist and have no prior experience, it’s important that you enjoy making new acquaintances and want to pursue a career in the administrative field. Coby Philips Recruitment has covered some tips for you to help land your first job as a receptionist: 1. Write a cover letter Writing a strong cover letter sometimes gets overlooked by those applying for jobs. Your cover letter is your first chance to stand out and make the employer want to read your CV. You should be outlining why this particular position is a good fit for you and why you want to apply for that specific role within the company. You should include reasons like why you’re interested in the company and give any examples of how your skills might fit the position. 2. Highlight your skills Even though you might not have experience working as a receptionist, you will still have...

How to transition from PA to EA

Firstly, let’s clear up the confusion that exists between the terms Personal Assistant (PA) and Executive Assistant (EA). They are sometimes used mistakenly and interchangeably – either because a job description is written by someone who doesn’t really understand the differences in the roles, or because an organisation wants to save money. How do the roles differ? A Personal Assistant is the junior of the two roles. Typically, a PA’s duties will include general admin support, such as dealing with phone calls, emails, expenses and the like. In addition, the role usually covers time organisation, and travel and diary management. An Executive Assistant’s role may well cover most, or all, of the above, but will generally also include a variety of senior level tasks and responsibilities. It is at C-Suite level (CEO/MD/COO, etc.) that EAs are typically found. What’s more, an EA is far more likely to be involved in their Executive’s position, projects and general work – even to the point of making decisions in their absence. Developing, nurturing and maintaining business relationships is another typical aspect of an EA job description. The term EA is often used to indicate a higher level of seniority. Being involved business strategy and project management – not responsibilities that PAs usually have – are a key part of many EA roles. As a result, EAs tend to be better qualified than PAs. How to make the leap from PA to EA Making the transition from PA to EA is largely about two things. Firstly, it is important to keep up-to-date with practical skills and to continue to be appropriately trained in...

5 Reasons Why First Impressions Are EVERYTHING

Managers are the face of the business culture, and are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the rest of the business. They drive retention and keep teams together. Losing a manager has considerable hidden costs in terms of lost productivity. Companies looking to replace personnel in these roles have necessarily high standards. We only get one chance to make a first impression. There’s no way around this simple fact. And whilst it is an important thing to realise; it certainly isn’t something to be anxious about. First impressions are vital. Let’s look at some of the things you can do to deliver a top notch one. Consider your attire careful, and whilst it isn’t necessary to purchase new clothes for the occasion, it may well be worth paying special attention to the way you present your ordinary business attire. A useful mental exercise is to look at yourself in the mirror, and try to imagine that you are the interviewer. Question whether there is anything about your presentation that would warrant special attention or seem out of place. With this in mind; you should also be aware that no credible HR representative or employee will consider your appearance as the be all and end all! Many employees will practice the mantra of no judging books by their covers. You shouldn’t, therefore, make inscrutable and often arbitrary judgements about your own appearance. Behave and try to appear in the most honest and forthright way possible. Your posture is also vital. Standing upright with your shoulders back is a sign of ready engagement with a given situation and the world at...