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Research and Office Assistant

Review the job description for a Research and Office Assistant.  A number of the underlined keywords have links to interview questions for that keyword or job function.

Description:  Assist partners of entertainment and media firm with research and administrative tasks.


  • Research local industries, markets, companies, etc. including ongoing and special project research

  • Evaluate business plans and other submission materials 

  • Act as point person for general company correspondence including submissions, emails and cold calls

  • Oversee intern program

  • Pay company bills 

  • Oversee company's technology including Internet & phone service 

  • Work with vendors, technicians, bookkeeper, accountants

  • Manage and purchase office supplies and equipment

  • Maintain company records, including submission logs, phone logs and files (both virtual and physical)

  • Coordinate outgoing/incoming shipments (Fedex, messenger, etc.) 

  • Answer phones, screen calls and take messages  

  • Schedule meetings and conference calls

  • Arrange travel including airfare, lodging, rental cars 

  • Draft correspondence

  • Prepare expense reports


  • Detail oriented, self-starter, comfort with multi-tasking

  • Personal computer and Microsoft Office proficient, Internet literate, and quantitative/Excel skill (a plus)

  • Enthusiasm for finance, business, venture capital, private equity

  • Analytical and research skills

  • Familiarity with entertainment, media & technology 

Desired Major(s):

  • Economics & Mathematics

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Leadership and Management Studies, Management

  • International Relations, International Business, Global Affairs

  • Financial Mathematics, Finance, Economics

  • Film/Television, Communications

  • Business Education, Accounting

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  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Customer Service

  • Telephone Etiquette


Practice Research and Office Assistant Interview

  1. What about the job ad excited you?

  2. How strong is your quant/finance background?

  3. Tell me about your experience in college.

  4. What kind of classes did you take?

  5. How strong are your accounting skills?

  6. Which news sources do you consistently follow?

  7. How well can you judge/analyze the status or performance of a company?

  8. Are you familiar with the metrics commonly used in investment analysis?

  9. How would you judge your skills on Excel?

  10. How well can you program?

  11. How familiar are you with social media?

  12. What kind of web presence do you currently maintain?

  13. How much of your own research do you generally do on a daily basis?

Follow-up:  What does that consist of?

  1. What are your long term goals?

Follow-up:  Do you think this job would excite you?

Follow-up:  How do you think this job will get you where you want to be?

  1. Would your current obligations hinder your performance here?

  2. Would you be open to a part time position as opposed to full time?

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