Virtual Staff Co Top Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Top Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Posted on October 21, 2015 by admin

If you’re considering hiring a personal virtual assistant, it is critical that you ask the right questions beforehand. An online virtual assistant may have different requirements they adhere to, so do consider that when searching for virtual assistants. Take a look at our suggested question list down below to get a better feel for the best assistant for your needs.

  • 1. How long have you been an online virtual assistant?

Experience can make or break the work a personal virtual assistant can accomplish. Ask this question before any other.

  • 2. What are your specialties?

Whether you need a receptionist or a full-time pencil pusher, find out what specialties a potential assistant excels in to know how best to utilize them.

  • 3. Do you have samples of your work?

Live examples can help you decide on which assistant to hire.

  • 4. How many clients do you have?

You may also want to see how many clients an assistant currently has to ensure they can handle your project.

  • 5. Can you work with my hours?

If you need someone who works 4pm-11pm, you obviously wouldn’t want to hire a personal virtual assistant who works 8am-4pm. Ask what their hours are in advance.

  • 6. What are your preferred methods of communication?

Depending on if you have a preferred communication method, ask what limitations if any they may have in this arena.

  • 7. Do you have an hourly rate?

If they do, then ask what it is and if there is an overtime fee attached.

  • 8. What would you consider an ‘extra’ service?

For those who offer additional services, find out what fees might be associated with extra work you may need done before you hire them.

  • 9. Would you be comfortable if I contact a reference?

Ask for a reference to contact to ensure the online virtual assistant is as qualified as they may seem.

  • 10. Can you sign a non-disclosure contract?

If your project requires one, ask if they are comfortable signing a non-disclosure contract.

Now that you are armed with the right questions to ask, it’s time to find virtual assistants who align with your business. We want to help. Consider using Virtual Staff Co to find your next assistant.