Senior Secretary

Tracking Number: EMCM341-2014
SAP Number: S60043019
This position seeks to attract: All Categories

Division: Strategic Interest Group Development
Section: Youth Development Unit
Job Type Classification: Permanent

Basic Salary Scale: R188 520 – R230 652 per annum
Total Remuneration Packages: R240 139.29 – R293 807.59 per annum

Location - Depot / Town or City: Pretoria Central
Location - Province: Gauteng
Location - Country: South Africa
For Enquiries (Contact Person): Thea Louw (012 358 1226)

Appointment requirements:
Grade 12 or an equivalent certificate plus a secretarial qualification/training
Relevant secretarial experience in handling diverse secretarial matters as well as experience in arranging events, meetings, workshops and conferences
Experience in local government will be an added advantage
Computer Literate

Personal attributes / competencies:
Adaptability; Time management skills; Good communication skills (written and verbal); Must be able to work under pressure; Willingness and ability to work as part of team; Ability to network

To render secretarial support to the Chairperson of the Youth Development Unit
Organise and coordinate meetings, conferences and travel arrangements
Taking, typing and distributing minutes of meetings
Implement and maintain office systems through effective record management
Maintain schedules and calendars
Arrange and confirm appointments
Organise internal and external events
Handling incoming mail and other documents
Set up and maintain filing systems
Develop standard operating procedures
Maintain databases
Communicate verbally and in writing to answer enquiries and provide information
Liaising with internal and external contacts
Coordinate the flow of information both internally and externally
Manage office supplies
Highlight areas of administrative importance, compliance-related elements as well as other perceived important occurrences to the Chairperson of the Youth Development Unit.

Closing date: 30 May 2014

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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