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BNP Paribas Real Estate employees

Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Be personable, confident, well presented and prepared. There will be some technical property questions but the majority of the questions put to me were about my experience and personality. Sell yourself and tell the interviewer(s) that you want the job!"
Graduate, Birmingham
"Get to grips with what services the company offers and read up on any major projects that they have been involved in. Also make sure you think about any challenges or opportunities for the company could face presented by wider political/economic issues. You need to demonstrate that you are capable of understanding the bigger picture."
Graduate, London
"For the building consultancy department, applications are submitted online with a CV and cover letter. There are often telephone interviews followed by an assessment centre, typically with three or four other candidates. Applicants are advised of the outcome a week later. The assessment centre is comprised of a group task with the other candidates, a one-to-one interview and an individual presentation based on material given to you on the day."
Graduate, London
"There is an interview process that concludes with an assessment day. Ensure you know the basics of the company eg the different business lines. Try and think of the real reason you want to come to this company over others. When giving answers, try to use examples to back up what you're saying."
Graduate, London
"Make sure that everything on your CV is correct and be prepared to answer questions on your experiences."
Entry level, Birmingham
"Building surveying students should apply through the website; there is often a telephone interview followed by an assessment centre where four or five preferred candidates will be given a one-to-one interview and a group project, and will be asked to present on a recent topic."
Graduate, London
"My interviewer wanted to know about me, not about what I knew. The interview was the best I had done and I didn't feel emotionally battered when I came out. I recommend having examples of when you have been involved in things ie 'when have you worked as part of a team?'."
Entry level, Birmingham
"Talk to people already working in the industry if you can."
Graduate, London
"The application process for the Birmingham office consisted of a phone interview followed by an hour-long face-to-face interview. Research the company's relationship with the bank and be aware of the advantages that this provides over competitors. Also, research the market of the city you are applying for and be broadly aware of wider factors affecting the real estate industry (eg government legislation, economic trends). These are things that you will inevitably be asked about at interviews. It's also a good idea to be prepared for some questions about education and employment history, as well as your interests outside of work."
Graduate, Birmingham

2014

"Make sure to project confidence but not arrogance. Doing some background reading into property deals in all sectors is essential. It is also a good idea to read up on the company and recent transactions, etc."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Up-to-date market knowledge is essential no matter what department you are aiming for."
Graduate, London
"Know your market and be prepared! Get as much internship experience as possible before applying."
Graduate, London
"Know the company and know the market. Be honest, friendly and show your character. Show that you are hard-working and learn quickly."
Graduate, London
"Note down the job criteria and go over and over each point, making sure you are able to prove you tick every single one of them. Go back through your university work/notes (assuming you studied a relevant subject) to refresh your memory and call upon any work experience you may have done. Also, it is very important to think of a few questions you want to ask your interviewer."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Be confident, outspoken and enthusiastic! Also, make sure you know the ins and outs of the position that you're going for."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Know the company and its direction. Be yourself."
Graduate, London
"Don't make your application generic; tailor it to BNP. Understand what makes us different, i.e. the fact that the company has the backing of the bank, etc."
Graduate, London
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