Receptionist Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a Receptionist Do?

Receptionists are an organization’s first point of contact for visitors and callers. It is their responsibility to greet visitors, answer and direct phone calls, and perform various administrative duties. A receptionist keeps a professional and welcoming environment for all who enter the building by working at the front desk or reception area.

It is essential for these professionals to have excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills in order to be successful. Additionally, they should have a basic understanding of computer software and experience handling customer inquiries.

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National Average Salary

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Receptionist Job Descriptions

When it comes to recruiting a receptionist, having the right job description can make a big difference. Here are some real world job descriptions you can use as templates for your next opening.

Example 1

As a receptionist, you’ll be the first person many of our [clients/customers] meet. Representing the face and voice of the firm is important to [Your Company Name], which is why we need a receptionist who is organized, professional, and enjoys talking to people. As the first contact of our company, you may be responsible for scheduling appointments, preparing meeting rooms, welcoming visitors, directing calls, creating calendars and schedules, and more. You should be a self starter who is used to managing others.

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Greet and direct visitors in office
  • Answer and forward incoming phone calls
  • Provide information in person and over the phone
  • Maintain office safety and security by following relevant procedures (visitor badges, logbooks, etc.)
  • Coordinate meetings and update calendars
  • Arrange travel and accommodations
  • Perform clerical duties including photocopying, faxing, filing and more

Education and experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Three years of related experience
  • Associates degree preferred 

Required skills and qualifications

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Professional customer service skills
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to greet and assist visitors
  • Excellent multitasking, stress management, and organization skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience answering and directing phone calls
  • Ability to quickly learn new software programs and applications 
  • Experience staying calm when dealing with upset visitors and being able to problem solve for a wide variety of office situations
  • Experience with Google Calendar

Example 2


As a Receptionist with ABC Company, you will present a professional greeting/interaction as the first point of contact to visitors in person or by phone at the lobby. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • As a Concierge/Receptionist, you will create a unique, personal, and memorable experience
  • Provides information and resources by identifying and clarifying guest and employee needs, answers questions, gives directions and instructions
  • Anticipates services required by ascertaining mood and style of guests; identifying options before being asked
  • Greet all visitors and directly assist people when appropriate and refer to others when necessary
  • Answer and direct phone calls when needed
  • Ensure guest review of safety video and answer any safety questions
  • Work in coordination with Security Officers and reviewing security policies
  • Comply with all company and regional policies
  • Draft routine business letters and documents using proper format, punctuation, grammar, diction, and style
  • Sign for and contact appropriate person(s) of arriving courier and/or small deliveries
  • Maintain adequate office supply inventory
  • Make copies and uploading as requested
  • Ensure receptionist area is kept in clean and professional order
  • Maintain ethical, professional and courteous relations with all visitors and contractors
  • Continuously develop knowledge of and build relationships with vendors and contractors
  • Provide general administrative or clerical support as needed
  • Willingness to learn new skills and expand duties
  • Attendance/punctuality – arrive at work on time ready to perform responsibilities
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills by planning work and handling multiple priorities
  • Accomplish daily responsibilities and long-term projects as expected by Supervisor
  • Fully complete job responsibilities and documentation to the standard communicated by Supervisor and check own work to ensure the intended result is accomplished
  • Participates in educational opportunities; maintaining personal networks
  • Exhibit a professional appearance
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and written to inform, ask questions, and solicit feedback to effectively carry out responsibilities
  • Maintain communications with Relief Receptionist
  • Maintain communication binder containing processes, systems, and general information for the Lobby Receptionist role
  • Consider how actions and behaviors will impact others in the workplace
  • Interact with others constructively to achieve the group’s goals, objectives, and standards
  • Interact with customers (tenants, owners, visitors, other employees, and contractors) to create a level of service and professionalism that exceeds the customer’s expectations
  • Follow up to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Remain flexible to meet changing needs
  • Apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments
  • Poses and practice exemplary oral communication and customer/guest care skills
  • Interpret instructions furnished in written, oral diagrammatic, or schedule form


Minimum Requirements include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Two or more years receptionist experience
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrate strong initiative and customer service orientation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Example 3

The Receptionist is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations to ensure the office runs efficiently, as well as providing support to local leadership. This position will also manage all responsibilities of the reception desk, which includes answering the main phone line and greeting both callers and walk-in guests in a friendly, courteous, and professional manner.

Essential job duties and responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to office staff and field personnel, including scheduling meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, and reserving conference rooms
  • Provide clerical assistance such as typing, copying, filing, recordkeeping, sorting, coding, and distributing departmental mail
  • Greet visitors, respond to inquiries sent through email and answer, and direct all incoming calls and relay messages as needed
  • Support staffing process by coordinating prescreen interviews, scheduling onsite interviews, and confirming interviews prior to meeting
  • Oversee new hire onboarding to include IT access request, HR paperwork, and online training assistance
  • Establish and maintain vendor relationships and contracts to ensure best pricing on services
  • Responsible for purchasing and maintaining office and breakroom supplies and equipment
  • Prepare materials for meetings and ensure materials are organized and distributed
  • Process invoices, purchase orders, expense reports, and maintain organized records
  • Manage corporate card and accounting coding of expense
  • Receive and log rental payment and distribute among team for posting
  • Compile and distribute weekly/monthly reports
  • Field complaints, issues, and concerns from the public, clients, vendors, etc.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned and ensure processes are completed in a timely manner
  • Assist with coordinating communication between other regional offices and home office
  • Coordinate various office activities and events
  • Must maintain professional appearance and comply with company dress code policy
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/or experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management preferred
  • Minimum five years experience in office administration and/or experience supporting senior management required


  • Proficiency utilizing Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Excel
  • Ability to use general office equipment, such as telephone, fax machine, printer, copier, and 10-key
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and get along with others
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to multitask and maintain flexibility and creativity in a variety of situations
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Ability to set and meet goals and consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Other requirements

  • Must maintain professional appearance and comply with prescribed uniform policy
  • Ability to be at work on a regular and consistent basis; overtime may be required

Example 4

Serve as the first point of contact for all visitors and answer incoming telephone calls in a professional and friendly manner. Answer general questions and direct callers to appropriate departments in a way that reflects ABC Company’s Core Values and Business Priorities.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Use excellent customer service skills to graciously greet visitors and connect them with appropriate ABC Company Team Member
  • Answer incoming calls, answer questions appropriately and forward to correct department as needed
  • Monitor reception area and keep neat and orderly
  • Maintains integrity and confidentiality of all data, materials, and information
  • Manage Visitor Badge process, ensuring all visitors are accurately logged
  • Assist various Human Resources teams with administrative work

Required technical skills

  • Minimum of 1-year experience in a corporate environment
  • Knowledge and proficiency with the use of computer programs (Outlook and MS Office)
  • Knowledge and proficiency with the use of office equipment such as computers, copiers, phones, and fax machines
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

Required education

  • High school diploma or GED

Other key qualifications

  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including courteous, positive, and professional telephone manner
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and make favorable impressions on visitors while presenting a cheerful image
  • Highly reliable with the ability to consistently be on time
  • Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality

Candidate Certification to Look For

International Association of Administrative Professionals 
Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification requires passing the CAP exam, which covers a combination of education and professional experience. Keeping CAP certification current can show prospective employers candidates are up to date on the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful receptionist.

Sample Interview Questions

  • In your experience, how do you manage calendars and schedule appointments so that conflicts are minimized?
  • What are your strategies for making all visitors and callers feel welcome and valued, regardless of their background or purpose?
  • Are you familiar with handling and organizing paperwork, such as incoming mail and outgoing invoices?
  • When you receive incoming phone calls, how do you greet them professionally and with a welcoming attitude?
  • If you had to deal with a difficult or upset customer or client, how would you handle it?
  • How do you stay organized and on top of deadlines when handling multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously?
  • What steps do you take to maintain a clean and organized reception area, and how does it reflect positively on the organization?
  • How do you handle sensitive or confidential information, and do you have experience using basic computer software such as Microsoft Office?
  • What steps do you take to ensure that unexpected situations, such as an unexpected visitor or telephone call, are handled promptly and efficiently?
  • How has collaboration with others, such as coworkers or supervisors, helped you accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively?

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