Today we hosted the PA of the Year Awards ‘Ask Me Anything’ session, where we were joined by PAOTY judge Susanna Tait – Chief Executive of Tay Associates.
We answered your queries about this year’s awards on social media, but for those of you that missed the session, here is a selection of the questions asked. We hope that these answers give you a better understanding of the PA of the Year Awards.
What do you typically look for in a PA/EA/Office Manager?
A genuine passion for their profession and someone who through the challenges, hurdles and problems to solve, genuinely loves what they do.
How have previous winners stood out?
In our search, we are looking for candidates who have gone that extra mile. For example, last year’s Social Media PA of the Year, Craig Harris, was praised for his work establishing the LGBTQ+ Admin & Assistant Network.
What can I expect from the interview?
One of last year’s winners, Joyce Dadzie, said ‘the interview was more about my career... It was such a calm process, referring to it as an interview just doesn’t seem right.’ Just expect an informal chat with our judges.
Are there any financial obligations?
No. It’s free to nominate and the winners are invited to attend the exclusive awards, there are no tickets or costs involved.
How many nominations do you typically receive?
Last year we received around 500 nominations.
What are the prizes?
This year’s prizes include a twelve-plate sharing menu and champagne at The Crazy Bear and a three-course dinner with wine and cocktails at VIVI.
What is the format of the awards evening?
The evening begins with a Champagne reception, followed by a three-course meal before proceeding to the main event – the award presentation.
How many people are able to attend the event?
All shortlisted candidates and their managers are invited to the awards evening.
How many people are shortlisted?
There are usually around 15-20 people shortlisted, depending on each category.
When do nominations close?
Friday 13th September – so get your nominations in!
What’s the dress code for the event?
Do the judges use CVs during the process?
No. We use the nominations to qualify relevant experience and the rest is about what the person brings to their role.
Can I nominate someone with only 2 years’ experience?
Yes. Quoting our judge Suzanna Tait, ‘it doesn’t matter where or for whom the individuals have worked or for how long. It’s about the unique experiences they have encountered along the way.’
Are the awards open for international nominations?
Unfortunately, this competition is only open for UK entries. We need to invite candidates for interview, so they need to be in the country.
Click here to submit a nomination for the 2019 PA of the Year Awards.