Here are the three questions:
1. What kind of professional development do you participate in?
Things are change rapidly. Every VA should be seeking out information constantly. There is no excuse for not participating in professional development. A quick search will provide hundreds of groups, forums, associations, webinars and conferences that support VAs. Professional development is absolutely a must. The VA doesn’t have to know how to use every program/app that comes out (simply not possible), but a good one will know how to get information on it quickly. They have a network of people they can reach out to.
2. Where do you see yourself in 2–3 years?
Being a virtual assistant is a career path. He/she should have an answer for you. Wouldn’t you have an answer if someone asked you the same question? Maybe it’s an idea for a program they want to develop to help other VAs or they want to have grown their client base and have a support team. The point is there needs to be a plan. If they are just starting out and testing the waters this is good information for you to have now. It’s not a deal breaker depending on the length of time and the project you’re hiring for. However, you’ll never know if you don’t ask.
3. What else do you bring to the table?
It’s not a good use of your time and money to hire someone simply to perform tasks. Do they offer expertise in a specific field, consulting in the areas you are unfamiliar with, knowledge of software and systems, connections and experience with your target audience? Any good VA knows how valuable they are and should easily be able to tell what they bring to the table above and beyond the job duties. It’s not enough to simply do the work.
Asking these questions will help you narrow the qualified candidates list and hire a VA with confidence.
Because you can’t do it all yourself…….. Melissa Smith, The PVA is the bestselling author of Hire the Right Virtual Assistant and host of the Admin to VA Summit. To learn more about working with the right Virtual Assistant contact Melissa here.