Hiring an Executive Personal Assistant: A List of Skills & Traits to Look For

Because executives have so many different jobs and schedules, it is not possible for them to do everything by themselves. That is why hiring an executive personal assistant might be the way to go. This means that the executive can focus on their main job and operate more efficiently:

But how do you find the right person for this important role? It’s simple: This means being able to keep track of lots of different jobs at once and also making sure that things get done quickly & efficiently. In order to do this well, they need to be good at prioritizing — deciding which jobs are more important than others — as well as putting systems in place so that every task can be completed properly without anything falling through the cracks no matter how busy it gets (organizational skills).

This means that it is very important for someone in this role to not get stressed out. They have to be ready for anything and look at all the ways something could go wrong so that they can come up with solutions quickly. Instead, they help other people stay positive and calm. Executives also like working with people who do not get upset or angry easily because it makes their jobs easier. Organizing schedules, booking meeting rooms, planning projects: there’s so much going on in the day-to-day life of busy professionals – EAs who can keep track of everything (and I mean *everything*) are valued members of the team. It’s important for them to remember or note down any special requests or facts so that when the time comes, they won’t have a hard time recalling from memory.

Meticulous Document-keeping is Also Key

If something isn’t written down, then it might be forgotten about or not done how it should be, which isn’t good.


In today’s world, where lots of different things often happen at once because everyone & everything is connected all the time — thanks to the internet! — it can be hard (but not impossible) to make sure that no lines get crossed between what’s personal and what’s professional/official while still keeping up with all of our other duties both in & out of the workplace such as taking messages accurately so that we don’t disturb important meetings later on etc.

They must be able to write emails, reports, and other documents that are easy to read & understand. It is also important that they can vary their writing style depending on who will be reading or receiving it. And they should make sure to always use correct grammar, spelling & punctuation. For example, when things are slow, they should be able to answer calls or reply to emails (‘utilize downtime’). They need to do all these things while also getting  other tasks done (‘making reservations’) as quickly as possible.

Prioritization is also a key skill: EA’s have got to figure out which jobs are more important than others and do those ones first. There may be some things that need to be done immediately & other things that aren’t so time-sensitive. An excellent EA can tell the difference between these. They are also good at building relationships with others (both inside & outside the company), getting information quickly from different sources, & thinking of new ways to solve problems (‘thinking on their feet’).


In high-level executive offices, it’s important that some people are passive sometimes so that others can take action when needed. They should always try to find ways of being helpful which might include thinking about what’s going on in the company as well as individual projects . If there’s a problem, whoever notices it can suggest solutions.


It’s part of an EA’s job description to think ahead and see problems before they happen. When hiring EAs, employers should look out for candidates with skills in using tools like AWS EC2.

An EA has to make sure that there are no hitches in the office’s internal processes by keeping tabs on how everything works together, and if something needs changing or updating within these systems, then it falls on them to fix it ASAP so that maximum productivity levels can be maintained thereby achieving organization success.

They will also be able to make decisions quickly and take action as needed. It is not always easy to do this because some people feel like they need more information before they can choose what to do (analysis paralysis). They are okay with taking charge when needed, and they are not afraid to think of new ideas or solutions within the scope of what has already been established (company guidelines). This means that if you have one without the other your skills in this role might not be as strong as they could be. Being able to look at different pieces of information & perspectives, ask questions, understand what’s not working (as well as why things are going well), and also come up with creative answers are all examples of how critical thinking plays out in real life–& how it can help us succeed into the future.


While any person can be hired for this job, individuals who have specific qualities will be able to do it successfully. This will make the process easier and faster.