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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"They don't really test your technical knowledge here. Their reasoning is that they can teach you this and so don't expect you to know it all already. Just be happy to talk about your hobbies openly and engage the interviewer – you may share some interests. Obviously you should also have answers as to why you are interested in property and particularly this firm."
Graduate, London
"Know the company's ethos and think about how it's different from other companies in the industry."
Graduate, London
"Gerald Eve has a two-stage application so it's worth putting the time in for the initial written part. Don't re-use a blanket application – start from scratch and tailor it to Gerald Eve. Be genuine and emphasise your unique strengths and attributes – there is no set type of candidate that gets sought after."
Retail, Graduate, London
"Be yourself. It's not only the qualifications you may possess but how personable you are and whether you'd fit in well within your team. Make sure you know about the history of Gerald Eve and what type of work they do."
Graduate, Cardiff
"Be positive. Describe your interests outside of work and how you got to where you are today. Be sure to know what your goals are going forward."
Midlevel, London
"The application process, as a whole, is quite short and not drawn out. My advice is to research the company and show that you've done this. Also, try to show you have an understanding of the property market. If you get through this, the last stage is a day of assessment. This involves a group exercise, individual report-writing assessment and individual interview. The day will go very quickly and everyone is very nice, which helps to calm any nerves. For the interview process, be yourself and make sure you know your CV and any work experience back to front."
Graduate, Manchester

2015

"My advice for the interview is to be yourself. Ensure that you know enough about your own achievements and hobbies and not just everything there is to know about the firm."
Experienced, London
"The application process for Gerald Eve was different to the other firms I applied for. The process involves an online application form which has a series of questions designed to gain a greater understanding of your personality and interests. The second part of the process is an assessment centre. I really appreciated the fact that Gerald Eve did not put applicants through a number of different stages during what can be a very busy time (in terms of exams and other interviews)."
Graduate, London
"There was a one day assessment process, including: verbal and numerical reasoning tests, group exercises and presentations, an interview with a partner and a member of H.R. There were also informal drinks to finish."
Graduate, London
"Make sure you know the company inside and out. Know who you want to work for, what you can offer the company and what they can do for you. This is a very social company, and people tend to underestimate the value of working as a team and being personable."
Graduate, Cardiff
"I would advise a candidate to try and understand what differentiates Gerald Eve from its competitors."
Graduate, London
"Get as much work experience as possible before applying. In relation to the interview, research the company and why you want to work specifically for them."
Graduate, London
"Be honest about your experience, knowledgeable about the company and show determination to develop your skills and succeed with Gerald Eve."
Graduate, Birmingham

2014

"Try to stand out on your application form. Interests is a key section as everyone has a degree and everyone tends to have work experience so having outside interests is what sets you apart. Also know about the company and what services we offer. We are not a big agency firm so if you want to be an agent Gerald Eve may not be the most suitable company for you."
Graduate, London
"Be friendly and interact with your interviewer. Research the company and know about a few of the projects they have just completed and who their big clients are. Make sure you prepare some questions to ask your interviewer."
Graduate, London
"Know the firm, especially the culture and any specific projects Gerald Eve have been working on or been successful with. Be yourself at the interview day and try and talk to as many Gerald Eve employees as possible."
Graduate, London
"Understand the company profile from the website but don't just repeat the info that is there - anyone can read and repeat the content. Above all be honest and be yourself."
Entry level, London
"Research the company - this is very important. Know what you are interested in and where you want to end up, but be flexible at the same time. Try to relax and come across as confident and friendly - but not arrogant. Emphasise your interest in property and Gerald Eve through your work experience and knowledge."
Entry level, London
"Bear in mind that Gerald Eve is a medium sized firm, realise the benefits of that compared to other larger corporates... as far as possible try to have an in depth knowledge of the firm!"
Graduate, London
"Be outgoing and make as many contacts as you can prior to applying. It's always useful to have a name to mention. Get involved with any professional events, (such as young professionals), as you may meet someone who knows of a vacancy. Being social, approachable and outgoing is very important in the property sector."
Graduate, Cardiff
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