Knight Frank

Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"The graduate scheme process includes a simple online application with your CV and a covering letter appended. You will then be invited to an interview before reaching the final assessment centre. The process focuses on personal interaction, personality and knowledge."
Capital Markets, Graduate, London
"The online application is the most straightforward of all the big companies and involves a factual questionnaire followed by uploading your CV. Stage two is a half-hour interview where the company looks to find out more about you. Finally, there is a half-day assessment centre that involves two interviews as well as group and written tasks followed by a networking opportunity. Make sure you have excellent knowledge of the property market and the implications of macroeconomic events. Other than that be honest, open and engage with the topic. Your assessors have a positive interview technique and they are looking to get the best out of you, not catch you out."
Graduate, London
"My tip would be to really engage with why you would like to work at Knight Frank specifically. Know about the structure, the benefits of it and why it would suit you and how you would be able to fit in and add value. Generic answers are to be avoided and, most importantly, be yourself as it is you that they are assessing in terms of how you would fit in here."
Graduate, London
"The graduate application process was great as it was only a CV and covering letter to get started. We weren't bombarded with the usual psychometric testing etc. We then went on to interviews and an assessment day, which were tough but very well organised and the assessors were very supportive and tried to help us do well."
Graduate, London
"The first step is to send your CV and basic personal details via an online form on Knight Frank's website. Then, if successful, you are called to a 30-minute interview with a partner. You are then invited to an assessment day, which is the final stage of the application process."
Graduate, London
"It's a straightforward and efficient application process. Candidates should know exactly why Knight Frank stands out from the crowd and what makes us different."
Graduate, London
"Know about the company and have confidence in yourself."
Capital Markets, Graduate, Newcastle

2015

"For the interview process you should know the company like the back of your hand, be enthusiastic to learn more and ask questions to your interviewer."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"I found that the interview process focused on you as an individual rather than results on paper, although you should know your CV inside out.. My interviewers emphasised the importance of the culture and values at Knight Frank, so make sure you can identify those values and understand the organisation."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"I think that your relevant work experience is the most important factor in your application process. Also, be commercially aware and know why you want to work for Knight Frank."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"At the outset there is a simple application form. You should understand the company and partnership structure, and apply for the internship if possible, which will stand you in good stead."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"There are three main stages in the application, with two stages of interview. There are some individual tasks, some group tasks and a presentation. Just be honest throughout as they don't like people blagging their way through."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"Throughout the application process you should be yourself, and make sure you are clued up on what is happening in the market. If you don't know something that is fine, but just don't try to bluff your way through your answers, and be honest and open. Do prepare well and be able to offer an opinion on the market, as well as sell yourself as a future employee."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"It is important to do your research and understand both the structure of the business and their values. While a good knowledge of the market is important, I found that a good personality, enthusiasm and broad interests are valued."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"When applying you should gain as much experience as you can, be it a summer internship or a couple of days here and there, as it shows that you are interested, and also helps you to decide what areas of the business interest you."
Graduate Surveyor, London
"When applying you should learn about the market, and what makes Knight Frank different to its competitors."
Graduate Surveyor, London

2014

"During the interview, show passion; make it clear why you want to work in this industry."
Graduate, London
"I would recommend that applicants try and have as much work experience as possible and read up on and understand what is going on in the real estate market."
Graduate, Madrid
"Try to draw on your past experience to back up your skill set. Show a strong work ethic and keep everything on your CV, even if that's a paper round when you were 13!"
Graduate, London
"Make sure you know a lot about Knight Frank i.e. who is head of what department and what our different departments do."
Graduate, London
"Before the interview, make sure you know what is going on in the news in general and, in particular, in the property market."
Graduate, London
"Research the company as much as you can and make sure you fully understand the company ethos."
Graduate, London
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