Top 10 Help Desk Skills

By Jo Blitz Escotal
CEO
Escotal.com

  1. Customer Service: Have a passion and desire to really help people solve there problems.

  2. Communication: The ability to have excellent verbal communication skill so you make your customers understand what you are providing in helping them solve there problems. Avoid jargons and slang and tell them what is going on in terms they can understand.

  3. Learning: The ability to know your product and service that you are providing service for so that when your customers call you, you can be quickly solved there issues and provide answers to their questions. The never ending process of always learning is what really motivates me to be the best help desk person I can become.

  4. Troubleshooting: The ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, conflict resolution. Remember you are being called because there is a problem and it is your job to fix that problem.
  5. Handle Pressure: The ability to work well under pressure. Customers are freaking out, and the world is coming to the end, it is your job to be calm and keep your customer at ease that things will work out regarding there problems.

  6. Teamwork: The ability to work on teams is very important! You might be a level 1 help desk and your dealing with incidents however when it becomes a problem you must escalate and must give detail analysis so your team member can fix the problem quickly. You are the bridge between fixing things ASAP and escalating if root cause analysis is needed. Being part of a team is great feeling because you will support each other.

  7. Be Positive: You must be positive and have a great attitude, be able to adapt quickly and make sure you instill confidence when your customers call you. If your panicking there panicking if your calm they will become calm. If you answer with a bad attitude even if you are in the phone your customers will feel it.

  8. Integrity: It always great to be honest do not mislead your clients. If the job is going to take 2 hours let them know. I am always up front with my clients. I will always them the most realistic scenario to fix their issues. What customers do not like is when you flat out lie so that you can get them off the phone this drive customers mad. Do the right thing and everything will fall into place.

  9. Listening: Listening skills are one of the most important skills in help desk. Customers will lie or not understand that a key detail might be missing when there calling you up. I once told a customer to press any key and they answered me back with where is the any key button? Do not laugh it is your job to fix their problems and there is no such thing as a stupid question. The key here is the ability to listen you can fix there problems.

  10. Have a sense of Urgency: You must be quick and have the ability to do solve issues quickly and correct. Your customers will appreciate it and when it comes to KPI key performance indicator you customer satisfaction rating will go up. I prefer right over speed but if you can do both it will be to your advantage.

So I have develop a KISS method “Keep it short and simple” approach in help desk troubleshooting.

First when you get the call be calm, listen and analyze what issues your customers are calling you about.

Second eliminate the user as the problem

Third eliminate the hardware as the issue

Fourth eliminate the software as the issue

Fifth document everything and cover your behind make sure you have the ticket number and enough documentation notes to solve what your customer is calling you about. The best feeling is when I tell my customers is there anything else have I solve your issues and they take time out to give you the best review which will help your KPI and help your organization run efficient!

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