Avison Young Interview Questions

Property graduate interview: strengths-based questions

Example strengths-based questions include:

  • How would you deal with a client that is unhappy with your advice?
  • How would you respond if work deadlines coincided with your APC interview?
  • Do you find deadlines motivating or intimidating?
  • Describe yourself in three words. (previously asked by Knight Frank )
  • How would you handle a situation when two managers have asked you to complete two different pieces of work at the same time? (said to be asked by JLL )
  • Describe a time when you were faced with an unethical challenge. How did you address the situation? (previously asked by JLL among others)
  • These questions are used to assess your behaviours, qualities and innate strengths – such as how you like to work and what you are motivated by. Recruiters may ask them to see what you would do in a typical workplace scenario, rather than focusing on ‘what you have previously done’ in work experience or extracurricular activities. These tend to be quick-fire questions.

    These questions will also assess whether you will be motivated by the work you will be doing and whether your values align with that of the employer. Consider the employer’s values and try and think about the practicalities of a business. For instance, if JLL asks about an unethical situation, your response can emphasise how you would focus on getting the best result for clients while upholding ethical standards. Ethical behaviour is assessed on the APC and showing an awareness of this can be to your benefit.

    Property graduate interview: asking your own questions

    Asking questions of your own is the perfect opportunity to find out anything you want to know and to show interviewers you are seriously considering the position. Saying ‘you’ve answered all my questions’ would be a serious missed opportunity. Make sure you avoid any questions that have already been answered elsewhere in the interview or on the company website. If youre asking for the interviewers to expand on a subject, be prepared to talk about these topics briefly.

    Questions you could ask:

  • How have previous graduates found combining studying for the APC with day-to-day work?
  • I read on your website/in the news about [a topic] – could you expand on this?
  • What’s the best thing about working here?
  • What have you found to be the biggest challenge when working here?
  • How did you get started in the property profession?
  • Property graduate interview: commercial awareness questions

    Examples of commercial awareness questions include:

  • Name a recent business story that interests you. How would that story affect the property owner? (said to be asked by Cushman & Wakefield among others)
  • How do you keep up to date with current affairs? (previously asked by Cushman & Wakefield and others)
  • What is today’s share price? (said to be asked by JLL among others)
  • What does a partnership offer over a public company? (previously asked by Gerald Eve )
  • If we were meeting with a client tomorrow, would you know what was going on in their industry? (said to be asked by CBRE and others)
  • Interviewers are interested to see whether you are up to date with news in the property industry and can identify how current events affect the property market. Charlotte di Talamo of Cushman & Wakefield recommends Property Week , Estates Gazette or The Times as news sources. Make sure you can expand on what you have read in the news. Other ways of demonstrating an interest in property include keeping a relevant blog, being active with online networking and becoming a member of a local RICS Matrics group .

    You may not be asked directly about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit on the property industry in your interview, but you will be expected to have kept up with the most recent developments and, especially, how the employer you are applying to has been impacted.

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