How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired as a VA

Alas! You have qualified, your name has been added to the roster of applicants for an interview – and you want this job so badly you want to play your cards right.

You have passed the initial screening and aced the required exam to qualify for the position you and your friends have been talking about it for weeks! – Being a remote executive assistant.

No matter how confident you are as an applicant, it’s helpful to have an insight of what you will expect when it’s your turn to enter the screening room.

The fact that you are being called in for an interview means that you have a very good chance of being hired – but it is not always the case. Anything can happen – especially as you may not know what they are looking for.

Truly – applying for a job can be stressful, unless you have an insight into the basics an employer is looking for in a VA and an idea of how to ace your interview. This is really above and beyond the skills you poses and focuses more on the qualities a company is looking for when employing their new team member.

So let’s take a few minutes to share the top 5 qualities companies look for in a VA and how to stand out as the right person for the position.


Reliability goes hand in hand with a good work ethic. Employers are consistently looking for employees who they can count on – no matter what.

Nothing aggravates an employer more than a worker who does not carry out instructions. Show that you are reliable by being on time and performing tasks as per instruction.


Good communication is an essential skill many employers look for in their staff. Whether writing, speaking or using computers, communication skills are vital in virtually any job. Companies want to know that their new hires are able to communicate important information, ideas or challenges effectively.

Speak clearly and look into the eyes of the evaluator when speaking. Also, expand on your responses as the evaluator really wants to understand your ideas and your ability to problem solve.


A remote executive assistant can show dedication by consistently exceeding the employer’s expectations and willingly taking on any task. Show that you are an employee that delivers work more than is expected, and not just the bare minimum by mentioning a situation in the past that displays such quality.


Companies look for team members that are flexible and work well with multiple projects – both independently and as a member of the team. Show adaptability by being able to express your enthusiasm to learn and take on diverse job functions.

Your flexibility may be put to test, so be ready to be asked about how you would handle or react to a situation that has a set of rules – but when a variable is being introduce that asks one of the rules to be broken, what will you do?


Even reliable and responsible team members may not have the most cheerful dispositions.

A smile alone won’t get the job done, but a positive outlook and a pleasant disposition — combined with the basics such as work ethic and discipline — make for a well-rounded team member.

Some employers often measure this by noting how passionate you are of the job you are applying for. Employees who are passionate exhibits genuine enthusiasm, not only about the position but also on what the company will bring to the table.

Imagine if there are 2 people that poses the exact same skill level and experience how they will make the decision.

Being interviewed is an exhilarating time. You are excited to have made it this far and if you really want to stand out from the crowd then you should think about more than your qualifications and focus on these other qualities that will help you to land that role.