If you’re looking for a job in real estate, you probably already know some companies are better to work for than others. Here are some tips on how to find your ideal company to work for, and pass the interview stage.
Narrowing down your options
Using job sites to read reviews can help you find the right real estate brokerage to work for. Before you do this, make a list of what you’re looking for, whether this is the freedom to work for yourself, the support of an established real estate company, or the chance to work around other commitments. Then the pros and cons of the reviews will help you decide on the right company for you. For example, if the reviews say that the company only takes on experienced agents, and you have the relevant experience in the industry then you’re already on the right track to finding your dream real estate role.
Passing the interview
Being a real estate agent involves a lot of experience, expertise, and personal skills. To pass the interview, it’s helpful to think of some examples to share if asked to demonstrate the following skills and personal qualities:
Communication and problem solving
Being able to communicate will help when working with clients. It prevents problems with miscommunication and ensures you keep them up to date with any progress. You can show examples of this in an interview by talking about a time your communication skills turned a problem around and led to a solution everyone was happy with.
If you’re helping clients find a buyer for their home, they will be happiest if you get the asking price or very close to it. This means negotiating with buyers who’ll try to drive the price down too low. If you’ve ever had to negotiate a pay rise, or dealt with a difficult client, but eventually reached a compromise, these are good examples to use in an interview.
A passion for real estate
If you’re applying for a real estate job, it’s likely you’re passionate about the industry. So, the easiest way to show this in an interview is by talking about the things you love about real estate and your personal and professional experience in buying and selling properties. Try to keep talk of money to a minimum. We all love earning money, but it’s important to show why you have chosen real estate as a career.
The ability to work under pressure
Some clients can be demanding and need constant updates. You also might have several clients at once, and this can mean spreading your time amongst them. It can be demanding, but it’s important not to let this affect how you work with them. You should give each of them your full attention. If you’re asked to talk about examples of working under pressure, most of us have many examples of this. They usually involve juggling multiple clients or tasks, but the examples you use should have a positive outcome.
As an experienced estate agent, you should already have the required skills, so the interview is just a chance to show that to the company you’re interviewing with.