What are good questions to ask when interviewing office manager candidates?

I'm in the process of hiring an office manager for my small company. I've conducted a lot of interviews in the past for hiring people that do the same work I do but this is the first time I'm interviewing candidates for a position I know little about. Any good advice would be greatly appreciated.

Asked By: CA DIVA - 2/9/2007
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Being an office manager is a difficult position in it's self. I have worked as one and I own my own company and had to hire one... More
Answered By: be happier own a pitbull - 2/9/2007
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create customer service issues, ordering supply issues, human resource issues scenariois and ask the candidate how they would handle the problem....
Answered By: Jim G - 2/9/2007
work or family,?this is a good question manger
Answered By: kidnotorious16 - 2/9/2007
One of the best ever asked of me (and that I have since used frequently) is "What is the biggest work mistake you have made, and how did you resolve it?" This addresses several issues: is the candidate honest? Can s/he recognize an error and take responsibility for it? And, was his/her solution creative and... More
Answered By: emtesla - 2/9/2007
I would ask about their organizational skills and determine if they are good at delegating tasks. They should also be good at following up and checking the progress or status of projects. Ask about prior office management experience, and find out what size companies the person worked at previously.
Answered By: DJT - 2/9/2007
Well good questions are important but here's a trick. After the interview walk with them to their car and put an eye inside it to check out what kind of person this is. If the car is messy, bad for an office manager. Since you can't ask if they smoke you can find that out also if needed just by the quick look in the... More
Answered By: bikerdg - 2/9/2007
Well as a office/accounting manager of a small company I could give you a few suggestions, but not knowing how large a company or in what field makes a difference... More
Answered By: Laura E - 2/9/2007
Ask about their experiences in managing other offices, and how they dealt with day to day functions. (organizational skills... More
Answered By: Pink1967 - 2/9/2007
1. What would you do if a customer became loud and irate about a billling issue in the waiting room in front of a room full of other customers... More
Answered By: jeanniemalinda - 2/9/2007
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