Guides and Tips
People can be unsuccessful on interviews for many reasons, and often their ability to do the job is irrelevant to the outcome. Research shows that interviewers decide on whether they want to employ a candidate within 20 – 50 seconds of meeting them. This page is a step-by-step guide on how to make your interviews successful.
Prior to the interview
Once you have been offered an interview, you need to know the following about the company you are going to see:
- How long have they been established?
- How many offices do they have and where are they?
- What is their reputation as an employer?
- Who owns the organisation?
- What are their core values?
- What suburbs they operate in
On the day of your interview
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready as first impressions count. Make sure you have all the things you need i.e a copy of your real estate license, resume etc.
Always dress for the area you are working in; some areas may dress formally and some less so. A big tip is to jump on there website and get a feel for the organisation, in particular look at the team profile pictures. On the day of your interview make sure you pay attention to personal hygiene, ideally you should not smoke or drink alcohol prior to the interview.
Plan a reliable way of getting to the interview; one which allows you to be there early, note rush hour times and plan accordingly. It is much better to be 30 minutes early than a minute late! However, if you do arrive at the office early, do not walk in until about 10 minutes prior to your interview.
- Always be polite to any staff you meet from the minute you walk in. This could include the receptionist or even the cleaner. These people may be more important than you realise, and they may talk with the principal
- When you meet the interviewer look them in the eye, smile, and shake their hands. Greet them with a ‘Good Morning/Afternoon’, and if possible use their name and smile.
- Be truthful and be yourself
- Always appear to be interested in what the interviewer is saying
- Try not to run the interview by over talking. Never interrupt or talk over the interviewer. It shows you are not a good listener and within real estate listening is key
- Answer all questions fluently and stay clear and precise to what they are asking
- Don’t constantly complain and be negative, and do not over criticise previous employers.
- Try to show that you have done some research. Oyster People recommends that you have some print outs on the company’s values and highlight areas of their core values that is reflective of you.
- Do not over talk about yourself.
- If there is time, ask the interviewer if there is anything else that they would like to know about you
- Ask the interviewer what the next stage is.
- Thank the interviewer and smile when you leave. Make sure you say by to the receptionist
Typical questions you may be asked:
- Why do you want to work in the real estate sector?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- What do you know about our company?
- What achievement has given you the most satisfaction, and why?
- What can you add to our organisation?
- How have you handled a problem in the past?
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- What would you say are your biggest strengths?
- What do you like doing in your spare time?
- What were the things you liked in your last job?
- What is your ideal position and where do you want to get to
- How are you with working within a team
- Have you got any questions? (always have some prepared)
- Why do you think you are more suitable then other applicants?
Questions to ask on interview:
- Is there much progression for the future?
- What do you think are the best qualities for someone to excel in this role?
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
- Who will I be reporting to?
- What is the team like?
- How long have you been looking for someone?
- Why has this position become available?
- Are you looking to grow the company?
- Do you provide training?
- Poor appearance
- Inappropriate clothing
- Being over confident and acting like a no it all
- Not asking any questions at the end of the interview
- Looking uninterested
- Not being clear
- Asking how much the role pays
- Asking what hours are involved
- Being late
- No eye contact
- Not being professional within the interview
- Leaving your phone on