Deciding to hire a personal assistant is a big step, and when you’ve found the right person, can make an enormous difference to your work and personal life. The sole purpose of a PA is to alleviate pressures and unneeded tasks so you can focus on more important things at hand, either at work or in your personal life or both!
Finding the perfect match is crucial. The right personal assistant is like a butler – they would need very little guidance, will sense what you need before you might have even thought of it, and will make sure everything is running smoothly. The PA needs to be completely in sync with your work or personal life habits and your preferences.
We know from experience how difficult it can be to find the right person who not only has the suited qualifications, but also the skills to fulfill the role. To help you find the perfect PA, we have listed 8 key personal assistant interview questions to ask new candidates during the recruitment process.
Full Name: Temmi
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I kind of fell into it honestly – I was looking to move to Russia as an ESL Teacher but the pay was terrible. As I was searching ads I came across an ad for a Nanny position there and was like ‘Wow, that’s more like it… I could do that’. And then I started to apply for positions.
In today’s job market, there are thousands of PAs and EAs. They serve as the gateway to their principal, office, CEO, surgeon or business person they assist.
Although there are qualifications in personal assisting, many candidates don’t have formal qualifications, instead, building their experience as they move from position to position. So when you start to look for a new personal assistant, what should you be looking for in order to get a great personal assistant on the first hire? Read on to learn how to find a personal assistant in four easy steps.
Hiring a new PA for your office or family is an exciting process, but can often be a tiring one too. Firstly, to find the right candidate that would deem to be suitable for the role, then to go through the process of reading, selecting and rejecting CVs, spending a lot of valuable time interviewing people, and finally, making sure to ask the right questions for referees.
Why Check References?
A mistake that many people make when selecting a new PA, is not completing a full recruitment process. It can feel natural to offer someone the job who has a great CV, excellent educational background and where the connection felt ‘right’. However, to get a complete idea of the candidate, reference checking is crucial.
Firstly, let’s talk a little bit about the different types of references and what to expect.
Full Name: Cheryl Mackay
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I decided to become a nanny because I had just finished my NNEB course and there was a Nanny position in my village in Suffolk where I lived. The rest is history!
Full Name: Dawn Grey
How did you decide to become a career maternity nurse? I was working as a nanny through an agency who also supplied maternity nurses. A very tricky night job came through with a poorly baby who had just been discharged from hospital. He had severe renal complications and needed oxygen and medication throughout the night and his parents were exhausted and unable to do it. The agency asked me because of my calm nature and said I would be perfect for the role! So it started from there really almost 18 years ago and I haven’t looked back!
The concept of outsourcing is a phrase and term borrowed from the business world. Much like a contractor who will step in to do a business task (whenever the business might need additional support), outsourcing on a personal level to outsource daily tasks is becoming more popular. The famous book ‘A Housekeeper is Cheaper than Divorce‘ sums up the outsourcing point perfectly.
Personal outsourcing for your family life and needs is an extremely valuable thing to do. It frees up your time to focus on other more valuable or important tasks. So how does personal outsourcing work? What can you actually outsource in order to get more of your precious time back?
Full Name: Tracey Roberts
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I didn’t proactively choose to become a nanny. I suppose the circumstances that I was living in forced me to look at different job opportunities. I had moved to Athens and as a native English speaker jobs where limited. I had a friend who knew a Greek family who where looking for their kids to enhance their English so it took off from there.
With the rise of modern smart phones and tablets, we are continually connected to our work and family. There is a positive side to this, such as a mother being able to connect with her son who is travelling the world on his gap year, yet the negative side of this easy connectivity means that even when we leave the office, our work life stays with us in our pockets. So unless you make the effort to disconnect, you’ll always be connected.
With the loss of snail mail (old fashioned paper post), emails gave rise to a boom of communication. Emails can be sent with a few words (or just a picture), and spam or junk has become a serious inbox management issue. Emails are sent within seconds and if a reply isn’t within the hour (or indeed within the minute), relationships can be frayed and business deals can be lost.
But how do you stay on top of your inbox management without losing sight of what is important – your family, your lifestyle, your targets or your drive towards new ideas and innovation? Hire a personal assistant and use these handy tips to get your inbox to zero so you can boost your productivity.
Full Name: Sarah Bracknell
Location: South West London
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I was in love with the idea of the job from when I was a little girl. Growing up my friends’ nannies were these fantastic fun-loving beautiful women. I couldn’t not want to be one!