Article by Wendy McCance
After several months at a temporary office, our company has moved back into our old office building. I will be proud to meet with my clients in the newly remodeled office. The entire building is just beautiful. I have my own office to work out of, and the mood of everyone who has dealt with the temporary office is extremely positive.
My co-workers feel like family and I thoroughly enjoy going to work (especially now that we are settled back in our original building).
The entire experience got me thinking of the path I had taken to get to the place I chose to work at.
I remember when I had gone on other job interviews. Some of the experiences I had along the way were really interesting. Looking back now, I am grateful that I listened to my inner voice and turned down positions that just felt off.
There is one job in particular that I am relieved I didn’t take. It was on Twitter that this very successful realtor found me and began following me. They were impressed that I had a real estate blog and liked the articles I was writing.
The realtor reached out and contacted me. They were interested in having me work for them specifically. I was definitely intrigued. At the time, I had only worked in real estate for a couple of months. This was a very successful realtor working in an exclusively white-collar community with million dollar homes. I couldn’t believe that they wanted someone so new to real estate to work alongside them. I saw myself making massive amounts of money if I worked for them.
I went in for an interview and was bowled away by the office. There was marble everywhere. Expensive paintings were hung on the wall. The entire office screamed of being rich and successful. My mind went into overdrive imagining what my future might be.
As I got to know the realtor and then one of the managers, I got a feeling that something was off.
Here are the reasons I declined the offer.
1. The realtor who contacted me walked me into a conference room all the while bragging about what an extraordinary office these agents worked out of. Just imagine what your clients would think coming into an office that looked like this?
It wasn’t that they mentioned this. It was that this became a theme that was repeated over and over. It was one of the big selling features to woo me. It felt superficial and didn’t jive with my personality. It began to turn me off.
2. The realtor went through a history of all of the people before me who couldn’t handle the job. I heard of at least three people in a one year period that had attempted the job but were then let go. The realtor went on to mention a good friend of their’s who tried the job but who it didn’t work out for. They felt the friend wasn’t on the ball and were disappointed in their performance.
Why would a realtor in an interview brag about so many people not working out? At the same time, they tried to stroke my ego telling me all the reasons why I would be a perfect fit. I had A COUPLE OF MONTHS in the industry. What could I possibly know that would make a difference?
I actually asked that exact question. I was told it was my knowledge of social media that was so impressive. I didn’t feel that was a good enough reason for a real estate agent’s job.
3. I met with the manager who asked me several questions about my experience.
The realtor was sold on me. Every time the manager asked a question, the realtor would jump in defensively and answer for me. The realtor tried to sell my inexperience. I on the other hand actually agreed with the manager and did point out that I hadn’t had many months in the field.
4. The realtor walked me around the office and introduced me to the other agents.
The agents were a little cold. Worse yet, I felt a lack of respect for the agent I was walking around with.
5. I was told about trips out of the country to schmooze upper level management who used the real estate company for their relocation needs. It was dangled like an incentive to work at that office. At the same time, I was also told that maybe it was something I could aspire towards down the road once I learned more about being a relocation agent.
At this point, I still had no clear grasp on what my job would be.
6. The realtor tried to appeal to the fact that like me, they had children.
I was then told that I would need to keep my schedule open as I would be their assistant so that they could spend more time with their own kids.
7. At the end of the interview, I ask for a more precise description of what my job would entail.
First I was told that I would assist the realtor on what ever they needed. Then I was told that I was my own agent and could decide what areas I wanted to work in and what hours and days would work for me. Finally I was told that I could either be their assistant or just do my own thing (it was my choice). In other words, there was no definite description given. The entire description was vague at best.
I have to admit, I actually said at the time that I would need to discuss the opportunity with my husband and that I would give them an answer in 24 hrs. It took a discussion with my husband and a review of what actually happened in the interview to realize that the job would have been a disaster.
I am grateful that I declined the offer and went with my gut. I love where I work. I love the people I work with. I am proud of the way our office looks. I am happy.
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