How’s your home office? Do you have any side gigs? Ever work a night shift? Best questions to ask a virtual assistant before hiring them and more.

Best Questions to Ask a Virtual Assistant Before Hiring Them

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The best questions to ask a virtual assistant before hiring them include questions about their home life, family, home office set-up, side projects, industry experience, tools and software they are familiar with and experience with working a night shift.

It’s important to respect local labor laws and regulations and not discriminate when making hiring decisions. You should always consider candidates on a case by case basis, and there will always exceptions to the rule.

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It’s important to get a sense of what a candidate’s home life is like in order to gauge how stable the candidate will be. For example, does the candidate live with a spouse or other domestic partner in a home they own? Does the spouse also work and earn income? Or does the candidate live rent free with family or parents?

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How stable the potential VA’s home life is will determine how few surprises and “family emergencies” you’ll have to deal with down the road.

Ideally, the virtual assistant is in a stable relationship with a spouse or domestic partner who is the primary source of income. This way, the virtual assistant will face less financial pressure and any money he or she makes will be a bonus to the household.

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With that said, we’ve also seen plenty of successful virtual assistants who are single mothers with one or more children. It all comes down to whether the candidate has his or her act together, so it’s important to ultimately evaluate candidates on a case by case basis, and to not discriminate based on relationship status.

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It’s important to determine whether your virtual assistant has a quiet work area free of distractions. Ideally, the virtual assistant will have a separate home office or will live alone. This way, they will be able to concentrate on their work without other people walking around while they are trying to focus.

Furthermore, it’ll be important to have a separate working area especially if the virtual assistant will be picking up phone calls. This is even more relevant if the virtual receptionist will also be working the night shift, as it may be impossible for him or her to answer calls otherwise without waking up their family without a separate home office.

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As counter-intuitive as it sounds, it’s usually better to hire someone who is in a relationship vs single. You’d think that someone who is single would have more free time to work. However, that is often not the case. This is especially true if you are looking to hire someone from the Philippines or India who can work the night shift.

Single people might develop relationships later on, and then be stifled because they won’t be able to have their new boyfriends or girlfriends sleep over. Furthermore, single people might feel “FOMO,” aka “the fear of missing out” and become resentful at not being able to go out at night during the week, even if they have weekends off.

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Whether a candidate has kids and more importantly how old the children are and who takes care of them is a question every employer should ask. This is because very young children who don’t have a babysitter or grandparent to take care of them will demand the full attention of any parent.

As a result, it will be very hard to get the undivided attention of a virtual assistant who has a screaming 2 year old in the background. Just imagine trying to do a job at night when your toddler is crying in the background. If you don’t have a spouse or other caregiver to take care of the toddler, then what can you do but stop working to take care of your child?

Older children obviously may not be as much of an issue, especially ones old enough to be able to take care of themselves and go to school by themselves.

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You need to know whether the virtual assistant you hire full time will be distracted by any other side hustles, gigs or business interests. It’s important to ask this question directly and get as clear an answer as possible.

While having a side interest in a business or freelancing on the side does not necessarily disqualify a candidate, you need to figure out just how time consuming this other side interest is.

For example, if the candidate earns some extra cash by doing some freelance voiceover work once or twice a month, then that may not be the end of the world. In a similar vein, if the VA works at a local non-profit for a few hours during the day and you are hiring them for the night shift, that may not be a problem either, unless you are worried about them getting enough sleep.

However, if the virtual assistant runs an entirely separate business with his wife on the side and is actively involved in the marketing, then that may be a problem. We’ve once interviewed a candidate who ran a side business with his wife that sold all sorts of kitchen cooking oil, and the candidate was very passionate about marketing the business. This presented a challenge as employers instantly will worry that this VA will be more interested in his own business, as he logically should be, than in the job!

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You can save significant amounts of time on training if the virtual assistant you hire has worked in your industry before. This way, you won’t have to explain basic industry jargon, or even just how the industry works, to your new virtual hire.

For example, if you are a Realtor looking to hire a real estate virtual assistant, you should look for someone who has worked for real estate investors or agents before. This way, you won’t have to stop and explain to them what the MLS is, or the difference between a listing agent vs selling agent. Even better, someone who has worked in the industry before may already be familiar with how to send out e-listing agreements and upload new listings to the MLS.

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You can get an enormous head start with your new virtual assistant if he or she is already familiar with many of the tools and software that your business uses.

For example, do you use e-signature software on a daily business? If so, it’ll be extremely helpful if your VA already has experience using a variety of e-signature software so you won’t need to train them in that regard.

Or, do you use Google Suite for your business email? If so, it’ll be enormously helpful if your VA already has experience with G Suite, Google Drive, Google Sheets etc.

The main point is that you’ll be able to save significant amounts of time during the initial training and onboarding process if your VA already comes with experience using the tools that they’ll be expected to utilize on a daily basis.

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It’s important to gauge whether the virtual assistant you are interviewing has experience working a night shift, otherwise known as a graveyard shift. This is especially relevant if you are outsourcing service sector jobs to the Philippines or India and need your virtual staff to work during your time zone in the U.S. or Western Europe.

Watch out for vague answers such as “yes, I’m a night owl” or “yes, I’m usually up late at night anyway.” You need concrete answers as to whether they have ever worked a night shift position before, because it can take some time for someone to adjust their sleep schedule and circadian rhythm.

The best candidate will be someone who has years of experience working a graveyard shift, plus has just ended a night shift position so that they are still on the same sleep schedule. It will be very easy for someone in this position to immediately start a new night shift position with your company, and be awake and alert from day one.

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