The Best Interview Questions for Personal Assistants

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At Pepper’s Personal Assistants, we will listen to your specific needs and work hard to match you perfectly with the ideal personal assistant (PA). While we are confident in our recruiting process, you may have additional questions. Feel confident in your decision by asking the best interview questions for personal assistants.

Here’s how it works.

Our HR Director will do a deep dive into your preferences and seek out a dedicated personal assistant to provide you with recurring household support. Then, we will facilitate a meeting between you and a potential PA where we will discuss Pepper’s Personal Assistants’ policies and guidelines, and you can bring up any concerns you might have.

Before deciding to go forward with your matched assistant, you may want to consider asking the following questions so that you can feel confident everyone is on the same page.

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Why Are You a Personal Assistant and What Do You Enjoy About Your Role?

Before venturing into more detailed questions, asking why this PA candidate has pursued this job path and what they enjoy about being a personal assistant can help you get to know their goals and what type of person they are. It’s also a great open-ended icebreaker question.

What Are Some of Your Hobbies and Interests Outside of Work?

Asking the candidate about their hobbies and interests outside of work can also help you get to know them. Someone who has similar interests and hobbies might be more of a great fit for you since they can relate to your daily life. Their special interests could also potentially benefit your working relationship. 

For example, if the candidate loves the outdoors and you are just beginning to embark on camping trips, they might be able to provide specialized insight on camping packing and to-do lists, best places to hike, and local businesses they recommend supporting.

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What Specific Skills or Strengths Set You Apart?

Find out if the candidate has any special skills or strengths that set them apart from other candidates. Who knows? Your potential PA could be extremely skilled at something that could benefit you through minimizing your mental load and decreasing your stress level. 

If Your Client Needs to Go on a Last Minute Trip, How Would You Support Them?

The answer to this interview question can reveal a lot about a potential PA. Asking the candidate how they would support you during this kind of last-minute situation (i.e. booking flights, rental cars, finding a hotel room, and making sure everything runs smoothly at home) can give you insight into if they’d be a good match..

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How Do You Deal with a Stressful Situation?

You should feel confident that your PA can handle stressful situations efficiently and in a way that complements your needs. Asking someone how they manage stress themselves is especially important when finding the best personal assistant fit.

What Are You Most Proud of in Regards to Your Past Experiences Supporting Others?

Allow the candidate to take time to shine. Find out what they’re most proud of accomplishing in their past roles. This can help you get an idea of what they might be able to accomplish for your household as well.

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Find the Best-Fitting PA for Your Needs with Pepper’s Personal Assistants

Pepper’s Personal Assistants are ready to listen to your particular needs and find you an assistant that will make your daily life easier, and give you more time to focus on the things that matter. 

Asking the best interview questions for personal assistants is just one part of the personal assistant journey. Do you want to learn more about the process of hiring a PA through Pepper’s Personal Assistants? Curious about The Pepper’s Way? Check out our services and get started today