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TDM's Top 10 Interview Tips

Posted by: Christopher Ruddick

Completed your CV in line with TDM’s Tips and successfully managed to get an interview? If you have, TDM’s experienced team of property consultants have now returned to another key area of getting your dream property job.

The team have helped put together a set of TDM's Top 10 Interview Tips for Residential Property Jobs to help you secure that dream property job. If not, why not review the previous blog on TDM's Top 10 CV Tips now and get your CV fighting fit to apply for your next property job.

Remember, the interview stage is another opportunity for self-promotion and marketing, rather like the Top 10 CV Tips.  Only difference being you are doing it in person. Even if not in person, some of these tips may help you with phone interviews prior to a face to face interview.

  • Do your Research
    • Learn as much as possible about what sectors they cover
    • Do they have any specialities? For example, retirement developments
    • Read up on the company culture
    • Look up company facts via annual reports, press releases and via Google for any company news and references
    • Use Social Media to research the company, such as using Linkedin to follow them on their company page
    • Use your research to help develop the reasons why you want to work for them and not their competitors
  • Research the Role
    • Review the job description and ensure you can answer confidently how you meet those requirements with specific examples
    • If possible contact the potential employer and ask what a typical day/week would look like and what is the priority for that role.
  • Research the interviewers
    • Social Media is a brilliant way to learn about your potential interviewers, you can find out what their focus is and equally it may help you narrow down the type of questions you are going to be asked
  • Practice
    • Many interviews will now have a portion of behavioural questions. You will be expected to provide specific examples where you have demonstrated the skills required for the job.
    • Ensure you can respond to these questions confidently and with a minimum of stress
  • Listen
    • Unfortunately listening is a neglected skill, but is critical to coming across well in the interview and ensures you answer the correct question
  • Relax
    • If you are under pressure to get the job then this will damage your performance. One way is to consider that there are other jobs which you will get interviewed for and there by you release some of the pressure of the situation
  • Be on Time
    • Ensure you leave sufficient time to arrive at your interview location with 10 minutes prior to the interview, including time for errors such as getting lost
    • Consider if possible doing a test run so you know where the building location is and how long it takes to arrive
    • Do not arrive excessively early for your interview, if you do then consider finding somewhere suitable to wait without going into the interview location
    • Equally, if you are going to unfortunately arrive late then contact the recruiter or potential employer to inform them
  • Dress Appropriately
    • Remember that any first impression will be what you are wearing so look good, but equally ensure you are comfortable in what you are wearing
    • Ensure you know about the company dress code and what is expected moving forwards even if it less formal
    • Make sure all clothing for the interview is free from creases and dirt
  • Follow Up
    • Consider following up your interview if you have not heard anything within a suitable timescale (such as 48 hours or 72 hours) to get an update
    • If unsuccessful remember there is going to be other opportunities and request feedback on what the interviewers consider could be improved on and focus on these points for future interviews

After all that why not consider searching, registering and applying (with that new CV!) via TDM for your next residential property job, some of our latest jobs are shown below.