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Why a failed first interview is like a failed first date!!!  Having worked in Property recruitment for nearly two years, I often link property recruitment or indeed recruitment generally to dating… or in my case a matchmaker.

You do your searches, send a message, hope to get a reply, get to know and understand what each other are looking for, arrange a date and hope to either meet again or get a happy ending (but not the type you’re thinking of).

I often tell my candidates that going on a first interview is very much like going on a first date especially if they’re nervous and need a little extra support and guidance.

So here are my top tips for your first interview (or dating if you need help with that too)

  1. Peacocking – This is a massive factor, first impressions are so important on a first date. The same can be said for an interview.  Turn up in your neatly pressed suit and scuff-less shoes with a portfolio in tow and smelling good and you’ll come across as professional and well put together.
  2. Sell yourself – An interview is as much about getting to know each other as it is about your skills and experience otherwise recruitment would be Tinderised, you would swipe right and hope it’s a match! Your answers should always be professional but talking about experiences outside of work is a great way to show your personality.
  3. Show an interest – There’s nothing worse than being on a date with someone who comes across like they don’t want to be there. The same goes for an interview. Make a connection with the interviewer. Ask questions, smile and be positive.
  4. Have things to talk about – It’s easy to get a little nervous, and this can sometimes lead to you giving one word answers and not enough detail. This would not go down well on a date and the same is true for an interview.  Research the company, make sure you know all there is to know about them, research the interviewers on LinkedIn get an understanding about them and their interests which will come in very handy during the interview especially if you have things in common. (By this I’m not condoning stalking your date on Facebook before meeting them)
  5. The Close – “So are we going to see each other again?” is usually how a first date ends if everything goes well. In an interview, if you really want the job, be sure that you have done enough to get a second interview. Ask the interviewer, “based on our meeting today is there anything that you’re unsure of?” This hopefully gives you a chance to overcome any reservations they have.

So here is my comparison on the recruitment process and dating… If you’re looking for your next job or looking for someone new to join your team, then get in touch with myself or the team at cherry pick people.  Unfortunately, we do not provide match making services of the dating kind.

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A Love letter to a Property Manager….. (from a recruiter?!?)

My Dearest Property Manager,

Some say truly that love grows deeper and fonder with each passing hour. Each passing day.

With each passing week, my heart yearns for you.

It’s been eight business days, and still no word.

I’ll reach you on a lunch break – your CV looks worth it.

I know you received my last two phone calls;

I dialled all the digits perfect.

I digress, as my desire for property takes over. My Darling, since my eyes first laid sight on your experiences within this vibrant sector, I knew right there… right then. The perfect role for you.

Three years here and eighteen joy filled months there; all I crave for is for your patience. Your time. All I ever longed for was to assist you. Your job search. Your career and what makes you smile; what pays your bills, buys your new shoes or a new watch, but most of all…what fills you with a full working week of customer service fantastic’ness.

You helped me see the light; that there was a brighter side to Property Recruitment. That through the dropouts, the cancelled interviews and rearranged appointments… there is hope.

There are candidates that make our hearts beat once more. That make us feel alive. Like the only Property Recruiter in the world.

All that I ask, my love. Is that you let me know, some-time and some-how that you are still looking, still searching. Or perhaps your heart has moved elsewhere and our worlds have drifted apart. One favour is all I ask, Dearest Property Manager. Just let me know. Let me know your direction so my soul can rest. The perusal shall end until next time. Until Next time you search for property jobs.

Yours faithfully & forever,

(or at least until 8pm)

Your Property Recruitment Specialist

with love

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Not another recruiter! I often get asked as a recruiter ‘what makes you stand out’? ‘why are you any different to x companies’ or ‘what can you offer me the others can’t’…

I recently spoke with one of my clients about this topic – what is the USP of a recruitment agency; what really makes a recruiter stand out from another? He said one of the main things was the person who you are directly dealing with, their ‘personality’ and ‘honesty’. Too many recruiters ‘blag’ or ‘say what you think they want to hear’, whereas though the truth may be awkward or not appeasing – it will make them respect you.

I have been in recruitment for 4 years starting out as a fresh faced Marketing Graduate Intern to 5 promotions later a Principal Consultant for the Estate Agency Team and I believe one of the main reasons for my success is my clients. Now don’t get me wrong – I have had some very tricky situations in the past few years with clients and some which I got wrong/ or should have managed in a different way. The following are my tips:

  • Don’t be an email recruiter – this has to be one of the biggest recommendations, you are in an awkward situation, someone has cancelled an interview again for the 3rd time this week with a client. Let’s just email – it’s the least awkward way. WRONG. I would not email a client with this kind of news without trying to call them at least 2 times, and when I emailed I would say ‘Can you please call me ASAP’ instead of feeding the news through an email. I have had clients say to me many times where recruiters have gone wrong before was ‘hiding behind emails’ – it looks weak. My clients don’t want that ?
  • Empty promises – I can’t tell you the number of times my clients complain about recruiters who have been trying to impress them for ages! Then when they get given the opportunity to work a brief, they take a full qualification and say ‘yes I definitely will be able to get 3 people over to you by Friday’. If this is viable then great – but making unrealistic promises and then not being able to deliver is detrimental to the relationship. Disappointing a client in the first few days of working with them is not a great way to impress! Instead – ‘as soon as I get a suitable candidate for this role I will email them over and then call them to discuss their pros/cons’.
  • Meet them! – I think this has been my biggest success with clients, I have met with all my clients and some more than once. I have been to their offices, met their staff – understand who works there and team fit. This is vital in knowing who would suit their roles and it will ‘put a face to a name’. You are no longer a voice at the end of the phone but someone they can relate/ speak to.

If you’re interested in working with a consultant that will go the extra mile and will deliver as promised and is not just ‘another recruiter’ then feel free to get in touch.

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‘I hate my job’
‘I live for the weekend’
‘I am sick of doing the same thing every day’
‘I count down the hours until I leave’
‘I dread going to work’
‘I should be getting paid more’
‘I am not getting the progression I want’

If you find yourself regularly thinking this, IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON.

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Six Characters of a Property Manager. Who is a Property Manager? Are they sat in the corner of an office looking at a computer screen repeating the phrase “Computer says NO”? Someone who works their magic, makes sure that the wheels are turning and we never really know what wizardry they are up to?

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Which of these Managers would best suit your Company? If you’re a football fan, a commuter who picks up the Evening Standard from time to time, or even if you’re neither of those – I’m sure most people have been made aware of the recent drop in performance at Manchester United which has caused up roar amongst the fans across Manchester, London and pretty much everywhere throughout the world.

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