Don’ts of Hiring a Virtual Assistant
Hiring a virtual assistant is a commitment. After all, you’re entrusting some key components of your day-to-day operations to a person you hope will be an expert at those tasks.
That’s why it’s important to remember a few things when it comes to choosing a virtual assistant for your enterprise. Chances are if you’re not prepared to take on a virtual assistant, you could be doing more harm than good for your business.
Remember first of all that there are inherent challenges to working with someone remotely, including possible time zone differences, minor miscommunication when not explicitly voice calling each other, etc. On top of that however, there are 3 major attitudes you need to change before seriously committing to your new hiring choice.
Not knowing what you want
If you hire a virtual assistant and are not happy with the results of their performance, chances are you don’t actually know what you want out of them. That also means they’re also unsure of how to proceed with the job they’ve been given.
To prevent this, make sure to have a clear and concise job ad that lays out the job description thoroughly. It also helps to have a structured interview so that you and your virtual assistant can try to get on the same page from the get-go.
Having too many expectations
Virtual assistants may be marketing veterans and social media savvy problem solvers, but that does’t mean they’re one-size-fits-all. Each virtual assistant has their own strengths and weaknesses that you’ll have to find out for yourself.
A properly laid out job ad is the first way to eliminate would-be candidates initially, but even when someone fits the bill, sometimes you’ll have to wait until you hire them and test their skills to see where they can be best utilized, or if they’re really what you’re after.
On that note, don’t expect all virtual assistants to click right away. Some need more time integrating with your systems, depending on the amount of work you’re offloading onto them.
There is such a thing as too much supervision, and that’s especially true when it comes to working with your virtual assistant. Barring a few cases, most employers never meet their virtual assistants face to face. That could cause a little bit of anxiety to build up over time.
Sure, you may never be able to physically oversee you virtual assistant, but it doesn’t mean you have to micromanage them, barrage them with emails, and ping their Skype chat incessantly. This will only succeed in frustrating your virtual assistant, which will prevent them from doing the quality work you hired them for.
On top of that, isn’t one of the main reasons you hired a virtual assistant to have more time to do other things? If you’ve already given them the proper training and access, then it’s perfectly fine to let your virtual assistant work on their own time, leaving you hands off (and stress-free).