Reaching the interview stage is a great success. But the battle isn’t over yet. You have yet to pass the most important stage – the actual interview. This is probably the time that your mettle as a candidate will be truly tested. And this is the time when if you fail, you are done for! All your efforts to get the job will go to pot.
Preparation for an interview is the key to endless success in the work world. As a deciding point, the interview is extremely important. So while you may have spent a lot of time and effort in applying for the position, it is actually this particular stage that you were aiming to achieve. And eventually the job of your dreams. Talking of preparation, the actual process includes not only how much you know about the job but how to conduct yourself during the interview. Your job knowledge is one thing – how you present yourself as someone who has the ability to fit into an office culture holds almost as much importance.
The whole preparation bit begins at least a few days before the day of the interview. You need some time to organize your thoughts and determine what it is that you have to wear that will be deemed professional. How you answer questions at the interview also matter. Understanding the question properly before attempting to answer is half the game.
Here are some questions that you may be asked at an interview for a property manager position:
What have been your prime responsibilities working as a property manager?
From developing and implementing residential building policies to collecting and posting rents, I have done it all. Additionally, I have acted as the first point of contact for inquiries and problems along with ensuring that the entire building is kept safe for residents.
Have you ever been in a situation where you have had to do something unpleasant?
Working with so many different types of people exposes one to various types of situations. There was a time when I had no choice but to serve an eviction notice to a very old resident. He had fallen back on his rent and the council wasn’t happy. It broke my heart but it was something that the call of duty dictated.
How do you handle irate residents? Do you have a standard protocol that you follow?
Actually, there isn’t one standard protocol to handle irate residents. Situations vary so ways to deal with them need to be diverse too. I evaluate situations, get to the bottom of problems and aim at resolving them, keeping both the council and residents’ interest in mind. I do not get defensive and I try to deal with them by coming at par with their grievances.
What are the financial duties associated with your work?
Apart from collecting and depositing rent in bank accounts, it is my duty to create and submit financial statements and handle petty cash as well.