Hiring a Personal Assistant
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When it comes to hiring a personal assistant, it is important to remember that this is the person that will be organizing your life or helping out with extremely important, perhaps confidential, projects. It’s not just answering phones and canceling appointments. Here are a few steps to follow in order to hire a great personal assistant.
Make a list of all the duties and expectations you have for the job, especially the tasks that they will perform on a regular basis. Will they be planning events, researching exotic vacations, managing your insurances and bills, working with vendors? Make sure the job description includes these factors, and don’t just assume people applying for the job will know what it entails.
Personality assessment. Do you want someone young and energetic? Or someone a little older and calmer, and has life experience? Determining this before the interview process will make the search much easier. All in all, you should look for someone who is a problem solver, and the education and professionalism will follow. Having the candidates take a personality assessment questionnaire will give you much insight into how they work with others, independently, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
Ask the right questions. During the interview process, it will be important to ask the right kinds of questions. Ask about situational events and behavior. Ask for recent examples of how they have dealt with emergency situations or tight deadlines. The people with proper experience and problem solving skills will have plenty of situations to speak of.
Second Interview. Once you’ve narrowed down your top two choices, meet with them a second time and maybe even try a trial period to see which one fits the best. Never settle and keep searching until you find someone who compliments you and performs all your tasks exactly how you want them. We also suggest having a second person meet them- whether that be a spouse, friend, or someone else who works in your home. Rushing the search could end badly and then the search has to begin all over again, so the time is worth it to get it right.
You may need a full time personal assistant or just part time. LifeWorx can help you find the right person for what you need.