Support Your Business Growth: Hire A VAPosted by Nicole
a) you love to do and
b) generate revenue
the sooner you’ll be freed up to grow your business.
While VAs may be less hassle than hiring an employee to manage your administrative work, they are only a great solution if they are competent, mesh well with your work style and personality, and do, in fact, save you money by making your life easier.
How To Screen A Virtual Assistant
Hiring a VA can be tricky, but by being thorough in your screening and interviewing process, you’ll find a virtual assistant who can handle the job brilliantly, and is reliable and committed to helping you manage your business.
Start by doing some research before you contact anyone for an interview. Check out their website — does it give a great first impression? Naturally if there are spelling errors on the home page, you haven’t found your VA. Once you’ve found a few candidates that look promising, get in touch by email. You’ll learn a lot by how long it takes to get a response and how professional the response is.
Tips For Interviewing A Virtual Assistant
You’ve found someone that passed the screening stage. Now it’s time for an interview to find out about work experience, and important details like availability, work hours and cost of services.
A post on Entrepreneur Idea Dads offers several helpful suggestions for effectively interviewing a VA including:
* conducting an initial interview via instant messaging — to get a sense of typing speed, accuracy, and personality
* following up with an interview over email, to better get a feel for skills with written English, comprehension and attention to detail
* ending the email interview with a task, such as reviewing an article online and summarizing it in one paragraph
Final Steps Before Hiring Your VA
If you believe you may have found a virtual assistant you feel confident hiring, take the time for one last task: a Skype call. You’ll get a much better sense of who the person is, whether you have a good rapport, and how well you’ll work together.
For some great interview questions when hiring a Virtual Assistant, take a look at The 10 Most Important Questions To Get Answered Before Hiring A Virtual Assistant, by Teresa Morrow of sparkplugging.com.
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