I am interviewing for an HR/Information Assistant position this Thursday (October 30). I really really want to get this position, as I am very interested in working for Human Resources. However, I do not have any prior experience in HR, and have heard that it is difficult to get into the department without prior experience. Is there any advice you could provide for someone like me, who really wants to prove to the employer that I am serious about this job, and that I am the perfect candidate?
It is difficult to get a job without experience, but we all did it at some point. I’ll ask my readers to give additional advice to you, but here’s mine: Don’t pretend you can do something when you can’t.
I would far rather have someone say, “I have no idea how to do x, but I’m a fast learner and I’m willing to try anything. I’m sure I could learn to do it. In fact, in my last job I [learned x] and became the department expert.” So much better than, “yeah, I can do that,” and then you really can’t.
Also, I’m not sure what an Information Assistant is (but can I have one?), but an HR assistant is an entry level job where you aren’t expected to know everything, but you are expected to jump in and try and learn. Also, we expect that you will never make a mistake. (Ha! We know you will, but we will try to prevent you from making mistakes that will show up on the CEO’s desk.)
What other advice do you have for this future HR person?