Why do you want to be a secretary?


Nice secretary sittingEach of us has some reasons for job preferences. While some of these reasons are positive for the interviewers, other are not. Many women want to become secretaries, as they believe it is an easy job, where one just sits on the phone and drinks coffee. While some assistant jobs may really look like this, it should for sure not be a reason for your job application.

Interviewer wants to hear you talking about totally different motives. He wants to hear that:

  • You want to have this job, because you believe you can bring some added value to the office as a secretary.
  • You have good communication skills, are friendly and people in general feel good with you, so you believe you can do a good job as a personal assistant and that is a reason for your job preferences.

Said in simple words, they want to hear that you apply for this job not because it is good for you, but because you believe it would good for THEM to employ you. This is an employer-oriented attitude all interviewers love and appreciate. 

Sample answers

I really enjoy talking to people, making company and being responsible for organizing and scheduling things. I have been doing this for years and have a good skills in it, so I believe I can be a pretty good secretary. I can see myself doing a good job here and enjoying it. That is the main reason for my job preferences.

From my point of view, secretary is a very important element in the office. She keeps the boss informed about important things, takes care of the schedule and represents a first line of contact for the guests. What more, a good secretary should do her best to keep the atmosphere in an office positive and motivating, what I always try to do. I would really love to carry out these duties and that’s why I want to get this position. However, it is up to you to consider if I am a right candidate, or not.

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