Make sure your CV is accurately reflected on LinkedIn and that strangers can’t see anything you might want to keep private elsewhere.
We can always tell if you are cutting and pasting and just changing the name of the company. Commit the time to make sure each letter or application is bespoke. Be clear about why you are applying to that firm. Don’t gloss over gaps in your CV. We’ll be looking for them so full disclosure is the only way.
Then look them up on LinkedIn. They should be there and this will give you some good insight and somewhere to start your research. If they aren’t there, try to find someone in their team.
Be prepared for this and give good reasons why. A “good training programme” and “wanting to pass your APC here” is not enough. We want to know why you want to join this company. We want to hear about what deals we have done and why you think they are interesting. Which of our clients do you find most interesting and why? What makes us different from our competitors?
In the property profession there is a traditional distinction is between ‘client side’ and ‘consultancy’ and then ‘transactional’ and ‘professional’. Do you understand the differences? Where, indeed, might you fit?
If you have done your research properly, you should have plenty. We are suspicious of anyone that isn’t really curious about the place they’re intending to spend most of their waking hours.
Please resist the temptation to tell us you’re a perfectionist.
We want to know. These are good learning experiences; don’t be afraid to be honest.
If you have failed to secure relevant work experience, We'll want to know why.
Finally, if you are lucky enough to receive more than one job offer be open and honest about who they are from and do talk it through with each party.
Don’t feel like you have anything to lose by explaining the choice you need to make and your train of thought. By doing this you give each company the chance to sell themselves and we guarantee it will make it easier for you.
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure work with public and private sector organisations to design, build and optimise their real estate and infrastructure assets. From thought to finish, we apply our combined expertise to achieve more from the entire built environment.
We build competitive advantage through intelligently applied real estate and infrastructure solutions and enhance our clients’ standing in a forever-changing world.