Changing the group that I usually make these posts for because I just need to get this off my chest.
To those applying to be VAs, this one’s for you. (Entrepreneurs, this might help you with hiring as well).
Over the past months, we’ve re-opened some VA positions in INAM and I know how frustrating hiring for a VA is. (I mean, that’s why we’re here, right? So you, awesome entrepreneurs out there don’t need to do this. ;) )
Okay, VAs listen up. Some pointers for you from the point of view who’s been a VA like you and who is now as well on the hiring side of things.
1. Take note of your own applications.
I know you’re applying to numerous jobs. I’ve been there. There was a time I applied for 10 jobs a day but never did I ask a person who responded to me, “What job is this for?” HUGE TURN-OFF. You are applying to make someone’s life easier, not the other way around. It is your responsibility to know this. If you can’t remember, then you better improve your note-taking skills.
2. Everything is a test.
Not just the ones clearly labeled as “paid test”. EVERYTHING. Your profile, the way you respond, how you “arrive” at an interview. How you conduct yourselves. Everything you do is part of a big test. We look at everything you do to see if you’ll be a good fit for this job and most importantly, this team. So, before you respond to an email, re-read it thrice.
3. Do your research.
You’ve made it to the interview and what did you do to prepare? Nothing? Goodbye. (Entrepreneurs, you have no idea how much applicants we’ve interviewed that does not even know who’s interviewing them and for what.) VAs - C’mon. You go into an interview and do not even know what you are interviewing for? That’s freaking lazy. Do you research. Check the person’s website. (Imagine this in a corporate setting - it’s like going into a building but not knowing what office to go to.)
4. Prepare, prepare, prepare.
I don’t mean scripted responses. Just like in #3, research this company. Review the job post. Make sure you’re in a quiet environment, that you have a stable internet connection, that your webcam and your mic works, that we can see you. You see a link for the call - download the software ahead of time. Jump on a few minutes before.
5. Listen to the questions.
Again, drop the scripted bullshit. Listen to what we’re actually asking you and answer them.
The Hiring Process can be frustrating for both sides. So let’s do each other a favor and not waste each other’s time.