Do you have an idea of what a virtual assistant is? What do you think are the hiring processes for virtual assistants? Do you know how to manage a virtual team? What are the tools that can be used to communicate and manage the virtual team?
These are a few questions that can be asked when planning to build a virtual team or in getting a virtual assistant. A Virtual assistant is an independent entrepreneur or contractor who uses technology to provide services to clients globally, in the field of accounting, legal, marketing, etc. Virtual assistants may also have their own specializations such as graphic, web design, IT support, translations, etc.
It is essential for small business owners to hire virtual assistants that are competent, which means that they should have the experience and expertise in the services you need them to perform. Not only that, the virtual assistant should be someone who can work professionally and has a business sense. He or she must have impressive administrative skills and be a team player who could help in running the business along with the owners.
Business owners, on the other hand, should carefully plan the hiring process. Meaning, the owners must determine the qualifications and skills that they need a virtual assistant to have. The first step is to review the resume of the applicant so that the owner will know if the candidate is qualified. If you are working with someone whose native language is different yours, a writing test should also follow, because written and communication skills are very important qualifications for a virtual assistant. Then proceed with the interview process. After the candidate successfully passes with all of the above, a business reference is also important to learn about the reputation and credibility of the candidate.