Surveyor Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Surveyor

Application Advice: Get some experience outside of your degree, show that you are an interesting person.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, show a passion for the industry. If you can get your interviewers to start treating it almost as a chat rather than an interview then it's a good thing.
Quantity Surveyor, Commercial at Berkeley Group
Application Advice: The group structure can be confusing at first and whilst this is important, getting to know the specific developments and duties your role would entail within the operating company you are applying for is key. It also goes without saying that a good knowledge of the house building industry is a clear benefit.
Interview Advice: The person interviewing you needs to know you are someone who is professional but mostly a sociable person who likes to get involved. After all, you do have to spend each day together in the office.
Graduate Surveyor, at Berkeley Group
Application Advice: Be approachable and friendly, the role will include client-side responsibility so you should indicate a sociable side yet also a matureness to represent the company to the required standards.
Interview Advice: Understand particular Berkeley sites and developments. Do your homework on the company ideology behind homebuilding and their vision.
Graduate Surveyor, at Berkeley Group
Application Advice: Be prepared to be committed to the job. Commitment and a work-hard ethic will prove to be successful.
at Berkeley Group
Application Advice: Keep up to date with the residential land market in London and Berkeley Group sites.
Interview Advice: Try to be informed on current planning issues as well.
Land Buyer, Land at Berkeley Group
Application Advice: Detail what makes you different from other graduates; sports/interests outside the property sector show you are outgoing - most likely everyone applying for the role will have the same qualifications and relevant experience, it's good to see someone is sociable and more than just academic.
Interview Advice: Bring enthusiasm and knowledge to the interview to highlight that you have done your research and are keen to work for the company.
Graduate Building Surveyor, Building Consultancy at BNP Paribas Real Estate
Application Advice: Apply early, Interesting and Insightful cover letter, keen interest in property.
Interview Advice: Questions asked: Why property? Why BNP? How do you keep up to date with property news? What sector are you most interested in? Don't waffle and over compensate if you don't have an answer to their question- an intelligent and succinct response will impress the most.
Graduate Surveyor, Retail Agency/Investment at BNP Paribas Real Estate
Application Advice: Be truthful on your CV. Relate your work experience to the core values the company looks for.
Interview Advice: Use examples when answering questions on your abilities... if you say your a good leader give an example of when you have been.
Graduate, Insolvency at BNP Paribas Real Estate
Application Advice: BNP Paribas Real Estate is ambitious and growing, so show that you want to be part of this growth.
Graduate Trainee, Corporate Real Estate at BNP Paribas Real Estate
Application Advice: Be organised and take your time.
Interview Advice: Anticipate questions you may be asked.
Graduate, Valuation at BNP Paribas Real Estate