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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Candidates should know their CV very well."
Graduate, London
"First stage: technical interview. As a masters student ten weeks into studies, my knowledge was slim. However, the firm was understanding of this and did not hold it against me. The company is looking for people that fit in with the firm as much as knowledge."
Graduate, London
"The first interview is always more technical so it's worth knowing a good amount about current affairs and about the industry. If you get to the second interview, it's much more about the interviewer finding out about you."
Graduate, London
"One application form and covering letter followed by two interviews. One is very technical, the other is a bit more chatty and casual."
Graduate, London
"The application process is pretty straightforward and not full of annoying questions. All they ask for is a CV and covering letter. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes, especially the company name! Finding some way to make yourself stand out and convey your passion for the built environment is highly recommended so that those reviewing the applications remember you."
Graduate, London
"The application to Montagu Evans involved submitting a CV and cover letter, followed by two rounds of interviews. I thought this was a good process. I would research the company well and incorporate what you know about them and how it relates to you in the cover letter well."
Graduate, London

2014

"It is a good idea to have done some broad reading of the company profile and to have a good knowledge of any recent changes to planning law or policy. It is important to remember, however, that you cannot know everything for the interview!"
London
"My advice is to keep a keen eye on the property press and be enthusiastic!"
London
"Be confident and welcoming but if you don't know the answer just say so, and follow up with how you would go about finding the answer."
London
"When writing your cover letter write about things that make you different from every other candidate. In other words highlight things that are impressive and not everyone else will have done. When preparing for your interview think about why you would like to work for a partnership and why Montagu Evans is that firm."
London
"Research the company and be up to date on latest property news and general news."
London
"Have a lot of examples of times you have show leadership and initiative so you can demonstrate this in a number of ways."
Edinburgh
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