When you are hiring a person for a 9 to 5 job at your office, you have the opportunity to interview him in person and gauge his body language and confidence. The same cannot be said for when you are hiring someone for a position such as that of a virtual assistant. While some employers may want to (and actually end up) interviewing virtual assistants in person, it does become difficult if you are hiring someone from another state or city or even another country.
Most virtual assistants are interviewed over the telephone or applications such as Skype. While this gives employers a good look at what the candidate is all about, it is still not the same thing as being interviewed in person. Unfortunately, that is how it is and employers just have to make the best of it.
And how do they do that? By making sure that the set of questions that they design for a telephone or Skype interview is all-encompassing and is designed to scratch the candidate to the core. Needless to say, online interviews are a horror! But do not fret. If you know your work well, you have no cause for worry.
And here is a set of interview questions and answers for a virtual assistant position that should prepare you well for an online or telephone interview:
How do you bring professionalism in your work, working in a domestic setting?
I have a proper space set for myself in my house. It is like a mini office. So it is not a domestic setting that I am working in. The hours that I dedicate to my work are for that particular work only. Even my pet is not allowed to come to my work space during the hours designated for my work.
What are your special skills working as a virtual assistant?
Over the years, I have gained expertise in handling bookkeeping duties, online research, database management and data entry, calendar management and call handling duties. Additionally, I am well-versed in responding to support tickets and providing online troubleshooting advice.
What is it that makes it difficult for you to work from a remote location?
With excellent communication means nowadays, answering this question in the negative is a bit difficult. Working from a remote location is not difficult at all, however, one does sometimes miss having company.
Which kind of skills do you believe are the most important for virtual assistants?
There are many. Exceptional research skills, the ability to be organized and meet deadlines and capability of handling several tasks at the same time are just some of them.