Job Description

Executive Assistant Job Description

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Executive assistant role and responsibilities

An executive assistant handles the administrative functions in a wide variety of situations for an executive or the executive staff. This includes:

  • Assisting executives with day-to-day business needs, like scheduling
  • Advising individuals inside and outside the organization on the executive views on major policies or current issues facing the organization
  • Contacting or responding to contacts from high-ranking individuals who may be from large national or international firms
  • Using judgment and discretion to handle unique situations with contacts
  • Coordinating travel for the executive team
  • Generally reports to an executive

Executive assistant job skill set

  • Superior communications skills
  • Extreme tact and discretion
  • Attention to detail
  • Superior organizational skills

Experience and qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • At least 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area

Frequent executive assistant job interview questions

Going on an interview for an executive assistant job? Be sure you give thoughtful and truthful answers to questions like these:

  1. How do you prioritize your tasks?
  2. Can you describe your previous administrative experience?
  3. What is your greatest strength?
  4. Have you handled confidential information before?
  5. Can you tell me about your computer skills?

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Similar Positions

  • Administrative assistant
  • Senior administrative assistant
  • Office manager

Career Advancement

Depending on the path, executive assistants can become:

  • Office manager
  • Senior executive assistant
  • Project manager

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