Archive for May, 2013

And Why Do I Want This Job?

About 6 months ago I was interviewing a candidate for an asset management position. During the interview the candidate informed me that he did not like writing, did not want to sit at a desk running a lot of numbers, and found financial reporting to be boring. I asked him why he was interviewing for this position and he told me because it paid well. Don’t interview for jobs that you don’t understand the primary duties and responsibilities to succeed at those jobs. I recommend that you meet with at least two people who have the same job title as the one for which you are interviewing (at different companies) and learn as much as you can about what they do on a day-to-day basis. If it sounds exciting to you and you think that you have the skill set to do that job, go for it!

No Blowing Bubbles

As much as you want to mask the fact that you haven’t brushed your teeth after a pasta with garlic lunch, don’t go to an interview chewing gum. Breath mints are the way to go or use those throw-away tooth scrubs that fit on your index finger. I had one candidate once blow a bubble during an interview! Although I was impressed with the fact that the bubble was the size of a small balloon, the spittle that landed on my cheek when the bubble popped was not the most effective way to get hired. And by the way, not everybody likes the smell of cinnamon.

Another Great Book

Check out this book…it is terrific.

David Geltner
Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investments (with CD-ROM)

Awesome Finance Textbook

For those of you who are trying to get into the industry and have not taken real estate courses, here is a great textbook:

William Brueggeman and Jeffrey Fisher
Real Estate Finance and Investments