Many are expanding horizons and looking to begin new professional journeys. Starting a new career is life-changing. Getting your first job in your chosen industry means passing the interview, so it’s understandable to feel nervous. Here are some tips to help you nail the interview and get your first real estate job.
Do your research
Before your interview, make sure you know about the company. Although you probably did some research when applying, it makes sense to brush up on your knowledge now you have an interview. Don’t try to remember everything, just make a few bullet points and rehearse these so they sound natural when you’re asked what you know about the company.
For your own knowledge and peace of mind, you should research the legitimacy of the company before an interview. For example, if you are applying to Compass, a simple internet search asking, is Compass Real Estate legit? Would bring up results to answer your question. This would show how long they have been in business, their successes, and any problems they may have had, as well as reviews from real estate agents who have worked for them.
Dress for an interview as a real estate agent as formally as you would for any job interview where you want to make a good impression. Ideally, you should dress like you already have the job. This will help the interviewers see you as a suitable candidate, and will make you feel confident, which is equally as important. If you can, try on your outfit at least a few days before and spend time moving around in it to ensure you feel comfortable. Make sure it’s clean and doesn’t smell bad. If you’re uncomfortable, you might fidget or be distracted, and give a bad impression to the interviewers.
Be polite and treat everyone equally
When you arrive for your interview, be as polite to the receptionists, or cleaners as you are to the hiring manager and any other interviewers. This shows you treat everyone fairly and equally, which is important when dealing with lots of different clients. It has also been known to happen, that interviewees have been tested and failed because the manager posed as a receptionist or cleaner and the interviewee was rude to them.
Prepare for the tough questions
Some of the common tough questions include:
- What is your biggest weakness?
While it’s important, to be honest, your answers should feel natural and relevant to the question. Your chosen weakness should be something you are working to overcome.
- Tell me about yourself.
This should be a summary of your relevant training, experience, and transferable skills.
- Tell me about a challenge you faced and how you overcame it.
Again, this should be something relevant to the job. So, if you have little or no real estate experience, pick a time you resolved a problem for a difficult customer or client, as this is bound to happen at some point in your real estate career.
Expert Tips for Nailing Your First Real Estate Job Interview
You’ve already done the hard part of getting licensed, and undertaking relevant training, so the interview is your chance to show that.
Now that you are ready for your interview, take a glance at how homeowners consider picking the perfect real estate agent for themselves. This could also give you some insight for your interview!