Personal AssistantSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

A personal assistant performs administrative tasks for individuals in a home or office setting. They handle general office responsibilities, such as screening and directing phone calls, taking messages, fielding requests, and sending out correspondence under the direction of the individual. They schedule meetings, make travel arrangements, as well as take meeting minutes and distribute them to stakeholders. Personal assistants maintain office supplies, keep inventory, and order new items as needed. Personal assistants may also prepare reports and presentations and maintain the office filing system. 

A personal assistant must have a good foundation in office management and a high level of proficiency using computer applications such as MS Office. Solid organizational skills and the ability to prioritize are required. Personal assistants need to multitask efficiently and must have exceptional verbal and written communications skills. Discretion and confidentiality may be required as well, depending on the nature of the job. 

Sample job description

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a personal assistant is $34,000 per year in the United States, with some flexibility depending on your level of education, geographic location, and experience. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$34,000$46,000
Los Angeles, California$38,350$51,900
Denver, Colorado$32,000$43,250
Washington, DC$38,950$52,700
Miami, Florida$31,850$43,050
Orlando, Florida$29,350$39,700
Tampa, Florida$29,650$40,100
Atlanta, Georgia$31,100$42,100
Chicago, Illinois$35,750$48,400
Boston, Massachusetts$38,650$52,300
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$30,800$41,700
New York City, New York$40,700$55,050
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$33,150$44,850
Dallas, Texas$32,300$43,650
Houston, Texas$32,100$43,450
Seattle, Washington$37,200$50,350
National Average$29,050$39,350

Sample interview questions

  • What made you want to apply to this role?
  • What qualities do you believe make a great personal assistant?
  • What type of person do you like working for?
  • What previous experience do you have that will help you succeed as a personal assistant? 
  • What additional job training or certificates have you done? 
  • What are the roles of a personal assistant? 
  • Why would you make an excellent personal assistant? 
  • How would you organize your day to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines or tasks that need to be accomplished? 
  • How do you handle multiple urgent tasks? 
  • What specific experience do you have for planning events and meetings? 
  • Share a time when you had to be flexible at work.
  • How would you react if an angry customer is trying to reach your boss, but your boss isn’t available at that moment? 
  • What have you done to go the extra mile to strengthen your professional skills? 
  • What would you do if you didn’t agree with something your boss was asking you to do?
  • What are your biggest strengths? 
  • What are the most rewarding and frustrating aspects of being a personal assistant?
  • What motivates you to work as a personal assistant?
  • How would you handle being a personal assistant to more than one executive? 

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