Estate Agency Professionals role as a recruitment agency is more than just introducing our candidates to employers and hoping that they like each other. We recognise the importance of correctly matching a candidates particular job requirements and aspirations with an employer that can fulfil most, if not all of the criteria
The InterviewTThe interview is the usual method that employers choose to decide whom they will employ. It is a two way meeting where both yourself and the employer have an opportunity to find out a little bit about each other.
It is therefore imperative that you do everything you can to convince employers that you are indeed the right person for the job and that you would be an asset to their company. For this reason, we have prepared a brief checklist of some of the things to consider before, during and after your interview. Each of them is designed to maximise your chances of getting a job offer.
Whilst all interviews are different, there are common points which the employer will want to find out.
What have been your achievements?Prepare 2 or 3 significant achievements that you have made during your career to date. Have you ever been top salesperson, even for a month? Have you learnt any special skills during your career that may help you in the future? Have you taken any courses? Have you learned any valuable lessons from your mistakes?
What are your strengths?Prepare 4 or 5 strengths or skills that you possess. Don't be afraid of the simple things. Are you better than average at talking to strangers? Do you work well with a team or can you motivate yourself? Can you motivate others? Are you good with figures? Are you organised? Have you got a good memory? Sit down and make a list of these skills. Anything which makes you better than the average person is worth mentioning.
Rather than just list your strengths out try and talk about them in more detail. How did you develop each strength? How it was of use in a previous job? Why it might be of use in estate agency and try and give some examples to illustrate your point.
It is also worthwhile preparing one weakness as this is often asked (try to think of a weakness that you have overcome).
Do your Homework on the company?
Interviewers will generally expect you to have done some homework on the company as preparation prior to your interview, and may ask you some questions to test this.
Basic information can be gleaned from the company website, or from your consultant at Estate Agency Professionals, but should include information such as the number and location of the branches, how long the company’s been in existence, whether they do both sales and lettings, the type and price range of properties they deal with, etc.
Questions to ask at the interview
It is always a good idea to prepare 2 or 3 general questions to ask the interviewer. At the end of the interview employers will often ask whether you have any questions for them. Preparation for such questions will indicate that you are organised. Possible questions could include:
Q. Could you tell me a little more about the Company?
Q. What is the Company's view on promotion?
Q. Does the Company have training?
Q. Is the salary package geared towards Personal or Office commission?
Q. Are there bonuses for hitting targets?
Q. Does the salary package provide higher On Target Earning if an individual over-achieves?
Q. What are the career prospects and what sort of time-scale will this be over?
Make sure that you know the exact date, time and location of the interview. It is also useful to have a contact number in case there you are delayed.
Make sure you know the name and position of the person you are meeting.
Ensure that you have planned your travel arrangements well in advance and arrive for the interview in plenty of time. Some of the most important character judgements are made within the first few minutes, even if the interview lasts over an hour.
Bring along any references or documentation that show you in a good light.
If you are unable to make an arranged interview, or you expect to be late, telephone the person you are seeing at the earliest opportunity so that their diary can be rescheduled or an alternative appointment booked.
Don't arrive at the interview more than 10 minutes early as it shows bad planning. If you do happen to arrive late then apologise immediately and genuinely.
Do not smoke for an hour before the interview. If the interviewer is a non-smoker, they may take offence, as they will be able to smell smoke on you.
Dress appropriately. A dark suit is preferable, with a light shirt/blouse, clean shoes; tie done up and straight, hair brushed back, black socks/tights, etc. First impressions impress first!
Try and find out some information about the company, e.g. how many offices they have or how long they've been established. Make a note of two or three good aspects of the Company that you have noticed either as a competitor or as a member of the public. This will demonstrate to the employer that you are aware of your intended career marketplace. (You might try asking us or finding out if they have a website.)
On meeting the person conducting the interview, introduce yourself, smile and shake their hand firmly
When answering questions try and be conversational with your answers. Make eye contact with the interviewer as much as possible and show genuine interest in what they are saying.
Do no overtly complain about a previous employer.
Enjoy the interview and Good Luck!