Finding great assistants can be hard enough, and keeping them can be harder still. That said, if you know what you’re looking for and are committed to building a strong working relationship, it’s far more likely that your assistant will do a great job and stick around. Aside from seeking out those who have the proper skills for the job, it’s extremely important to listen to your gut. Do you feel comfortable in the presence of this person? Do they seem to possess the proper enthusiasm for the job? More important, is this a person you think you’ll be able to trust?
A one-hour interview might not be enough time to confidently answer all these questions, so don’t be afraid to schedule another meeting to make sure the individual is, indeed, the right person for the job.
For more on hiring, be sure to read Ten Things to Avoid When Hiring Administrative Support Staff.