Interview Questions You Should Ask for Hiring VAs

One of my favorite interview questions is what do you know about us?

We have a different approach when we’re hiring VA-type people

People who would answer for debate have to read and dig through our website. They will do a lot of research to answer these questions. 

Conduct two Interviews

Do two interviews, and one is a friendly interview. Then the second interview should be a little more invested, a hardball, collected notes on things that I felt might’ve been flagged, and then drill them on the secondary smart. 

You can get away with maybe asking a little bit more aggressive questions.

It’s like a good cop/bad cop to test your assumptions.

Another question I like is if you could have three people who may be better alive. I prefer them not to mention politicians.

Sometimes I get nothing out of it. It is an interesting sign of people’s character, open-mindedness, or closed-mindedness.

Sometimes people will say things they don’t like because they want to understand the case, for example, this girl I recently hired. She said I want to know why. 

I liked that sign. These are my favorite questions.

I have a few more. In one year, life could be however you want it to be, wave a magic wand, and anything in your life could be whatever you want. 

What does life look like in a career and personal life? 

The wild thing is it shows how many thinkers they are. Are they big thinkers? Do they have a big vision? But then you say, the same question, but five years. 

They probably wouldn’t have two different answers if they were big thinkers.

And for some reason, five years is exciting how the mind works. Even though they can have life any way they want, they are still limited. 

Often people can limit themselves quite a lot because they’ll say, oh, I have a stable job.

It’s always great to find good people with big visions, just some level of ambition, depending on the role you’re hiring for, but finding some purpose is enormous.

Ask psychological-type work questions, what do you think the world needs the most?

And I can say a lot about someone when I say, what are you looking for? 

The question that I hear is, in an interview, they’ll ask, what does a perfect day look like for you? So if you could do anything you want, you’re the king of Spain, you have all the money and all the time, what would you be doing? 

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Trick Questions for DA

And the easiest, now this is a trick question because the way to get to disqualifies to say, well, I would wake up on my beach, front mansion, and I’d go down to the beach and inhale the air and look at the sea lions and come back and have an excellent breakfast with my family.

Hang out for a few hours, play a little ping pong, hang out at the pool, and have a nice meal– It always includes steak and lobster for some reason.

And then the whole day is spent vacationing in this five-star sort of mansion.

That’s an instant DQ, and the reason why Silicon valley founders asked that question is to ask indirectly, are you a self-starter-driven, motivated person?  

When you ask that question, the goal of one year from now, you’re indirectly asking them about their hard work because you can’t ask somebody, are you a hard worker?

You have to ask this other question, which is funny. I’ll ask what three people you would have dinner with.

Some people won’t. Big red flag. What can’t you can’t say, my mom, my grandma, and my dog or something?

What were the last three books that you read? Same question. That’s a good one. I ought to try that one sometime.

Most people DQ by not having read any books; they watch TV, and nothing wrong with watching Netflix, but everything in moderation, right? 

Dennis Yu

About the Author

Dennis Yu
Dennis Yu is co-author of the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in social media, The Definitive Guide to TikTok Ads.  He has spent a billion dollars on Facebook ads across his agencies and agencies he advises. Mr. Yu is the "million jobs" guy-- on a mission to create one million jobs via hands-on social media training, partnering with universities and professional organizations.

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