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Confidently Prepare for Your Private Staff Interview

The team at Irving Scott will always do their utmost to get you to an interview for a suitable position as a member of private staff, the rest is up to you.

However, we have put together some things to remember before and on the day of your interview, when you are seeking a position as a member of private staff. If we have suggested you for the role then you obviously have the skills and qualities that our client requires. This is the opportunity to show the Principals or the family’s Personal Assistant why you should be chosen.

1. Practice your answers

When it comes to job interviews, there is no exact playbook that every interviewer follows. However, certain questions are almost assured to be a part of the conversation. Preparing for these common queries and knowing how to frame your responses will undoubtedly provide an advantage in your private staff interview.

One cardinal rule to adhere to during an interview is to never delve into negative experiences or criticisms of your previous employers. This doesn’t only reflect poorly on you, but also raises red flags for potential employers, who may fear similar treatment. Instead, frame past challenges as learning experiences that contributed to your professional growth and development.

When discussing personal attributes, make sure to highlight your strengths in a compelling and honest way. It’s crucial to demonstrate how these strengths have been instrumental in your previous roles, providing concrete examples whenever possible.

Addressing weaknesses can be a tricky aspect of any interview. However, it can be approached positively. Rather than focusing on what you can’t do, suggest areas for improvement as opportunities for growth and learning. The key is to demonstrate your proactive approach towards self-improvement and personal development.

Ultimately, the goal is to showcase why you are the best candidate for the job. To do this, align your skills and experiences with the job requirements. Offer proof of your abilities through specific examples from your past roles. And remember, confidence is key. Your ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate your understanding of the role and its responsibilities could make all the difference. This thorough and thoughtful preparation will ensure you stand out as a strong candidate in your private staff interview.

2. Look at the part of Private Staff

Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly, no short skirts please and that your accessories are subtle. We always advise wearing dark colours and minimal make-up for ladies (if you have long hair, please tie it back) and please avoid heavy perfume or after-shave.

3. Stay calm

Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Please take a hard copy of your CV in a presentation folder and any certificates you have that sell your skills and experience. Always use the term Madam or Sir and speak clearly, smile and remember that a respectful manner is a quality that all of our clients are looking for.

4. Ask questions

You should always have some questions prepared. This will demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some of which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve deeper into what is expected of you. Never discuss money, this is our role and we will obviously do our best to get you the most appropriate salary.

We will let you know as soon as we have some feedback from the client and although we cannot guarantee success you will still have proved to the client that you are a true professional.

We will do our best to give you a detailed and accurate job description but please do not forget that we are happy to answer any questions or offer any advice if you need it.

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