How Should You Go About Hiring a Personal Assistant?


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When hiring a personal assistant, determine their duties, assess their personality, evaluate their communication skills and narrow down the options. A good personal assistant should help one’s professional and personal life run smoothly.

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How Should You Go About Hiring a Personal Assistant?
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Begin by first identifying the specific duties of the personal assistant. These may include answering phone calls and emails, scheduling and typing. Consider more personal tasks such as arranging family vacations. All these duties should be included in the job posting.

Next, consider the applicants’ personalities. Determine whether the ideal assistant should be light-hearted or serious. A good assistant should be a problem solver. To determine this, conduct situational or behavioral interviews by asking candidates to describe specific past incidents and how they handled them.

After short listing the candidates, evaluate their communication skills by communicating through phone and email. Consider candidates who have past experience participating in professional associations or volunteer work. Such candidates are likely to be connected, team players and interested in learning.

Lastly, narrow down to two candidates and schedule meetings in different locations including restaurants to get a sense of how they behave in different situations. It is also a good idea to include other team members to get a sense of how they interact with the prospective personal assistant.

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