In the book, I offer several self-analysis tools to help you make the best decision for yourself. Here’s one that should be really helpful.
Before Your Interview
Let’s say you’re getting ready to go into the interview. Do you know what you’re looking for? Use this checklist to decide what kind of company, office, and atmosphere you’ll feel most comfortable in.
Selling vs non-selling manager
You prefer a manager who doesn’t sell real estate (non-competing)
You prefer a manager who sells real estate (may provide a good role model).
You prefer a formalized training program.
You prefer to ‘go it on your own’, with the manager available to answer questions.
You prefer a large, busy office.
You prefer a small, more laid-back atmosphere.
You like the idea of a large company behind your efforts.
You like the idea of a boutique, specialty company.
Many/Few New Agents
You want to be around other new agents like you, so you prefer an office with lots of new agents.
You want to be with seasoned agents, and would rather be among the few new agents in the office.
Top Producer Assignment
You want to be assigned to a top producer to find out how that top producer works, and perhaps do work for that top producer.
You want to become an above-average producer fast, and don’t want to be in the shadows of anyone else.
Age of Agents
You want to be around people your age.
You want to be around people of a wide range of ages and interests.
Work from Office/Work from Home
You want to work from the office, and have a desk at the office.
You want to work from home.
You prefer little or no ‘supervision’. You’ll go at your own speed.
You want and expect leadership and guidance as you start your career.
Create Your Interview Questions
Armed with the answers to these questions, you can create pointed, focused interview questions to get the information you need. Keep an open mind, though, because you may find you would benefit from certain types of leadership, since you’re going into a new career.
What did you find out? What aspects of real estate will be pleasant for you? What will be challenging? Where do you need help?