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  1. 1.

    What are your strengths, as they relate to the home building industry?

      The interviewer would like to know more about what makes you great at your job. The strengths you mention can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks in the home building industry. These skills help you to effectively manage projects, understand client needs, and help you make deals happen!

      Try to talk about unique strengths, staying away from the typical answers such as 'organized,' 'good communicator' and 'multitasker.' A hum-drum answer to this question could cost you the job.

      Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role. Tie these strengths into the qualities mentioned in the job posting, for an even stronger response!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I believe my greatest strength lies in my analytical and creative mind. I have worked to cultivate my creativity and apply it to my work in the home building industry. Understanding this business from project management but also creative aspect sets me apart in a unique way, as others tend to either be creative or analytical."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My strongest skills that help me daily are my people-skills, and the ability to close a sale without being pushy. I relate to the customer, get to know them and their needs, build excellent rapport, and can make solid home buying recommendations that suit them. They happily buy and then send valuable referrals."

  2. 2.

    The home building industry can be unpredictable at times.How do you react when there is a setback at work?

      With home building projects, there are many variables present, which can make for an unpredictable workplace environment. No matter the position you are applying to, there will be situations out of your control. The interviewer would like to know how you react when it comes to unexpected setbacks. Show that you can cope with changes and pivot your approach, as needed.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I come from a competitive sales environment that can be highly emotional, especially when big sales fall through or targets are not met. These emotions could get the better of me if I let them; which I do not. If I miss a goal or face a perceived failure, I visit what I could have done differently. I have learned to process situations and make unpredictable situations work for me rather than against me. For instance, last week, I had the sale of a $600K home fall through because the couple felt it was not their dream home. I turned this situation into an opportunity to upsell them to a higher luxury home for $70K more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Setbacks can be disappointing, but they happen. Luckily, I am a very pragmatic thinker and can remain focused despite unexpected challenges. If needed, I will debrief with my manager and make a plan for avoiding a similar situation in the future."

  3. 3.

    Are you experienced when it comes to showing homes, models, or sites?

      If you have worked in the real estate, or home builder industry, you likely have experience selling a variety of property types such as new homes, older homes, or even bare land. The interviewer would like to get a better idea of your range of experience. Be sure to express the areas you have worked, explicitly highlighting the areas of real estate in which you are most comfortable working.

      If you are newer to your career and do not have a lot of experience in any particular area, you can focus your response on the fact that you are willing and ready to learn the aspects that matter most to Vista Land.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For the past five years I have worked for a new home builder, selling dream homes from model homes and specs. I have also sold plots of land for future residential home development. What drew me to this job posting was the fact that Vista Land develops many luxury homes every year, in some of the most desired neighborhoods in this region. I look forward to bringing my new home sales experience to work for you."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am new to my career and eager to learn everything that I can when it comes to new home sales and even the sale of land for residential and commercial development."

  4. 4.

    Do you have more experience in resale or new home sales? Which do you prefer, and why?

      The hiring authority wants to ensure that your experience will align nicely with the goals Vista Land has set for their organization and this role. Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for the interviewer; being sure to address your experience in resale and new home sales. Since Vista Land has a significant focus on new residential home builds, be sure to express your interest in this particular avenue.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My career started in selling old homes, as an assistant to my father who was a Realtor. Gradually, I became focused on new home sales as my portfolio grew, and our city expanded. Today, I am more experienced in new home sales. I prefer new home sales because it allows me to better collaborate with my clients on their needs, and I can offer them unique customizations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "New home sales is my preference since I have the most knowledge in this area, due to my education in construction. For me, it's exciting to see a client walk through a spec home and then be able to make customizations to their actual home, based on their lifestyle and design preferences."

  5. 5.

    What is your preferred approach for networking and reaching out to local realtors?

      This question is hyper-targeted to your specific approach in networking. Show the interviewer that you have a keen interest in growing your local network, which will only increase your success with Vista Land.

      If you do not have experience in networking, because you are new to your career, you can answer this question hypothetically. Be sure to display an understanding of the fact that networking is key to success in the residential home building industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My preferred approach for networking and reaching out to local realtors includes cold calling and attending industry events. I am an outgoing person and find that I make the most meaningful connections when I am on the phone or face to face with someone, versus sending them a stale email! I am an active part of the sales network in our area, and look forward to bringing my connections with me when I join the Vista Land team."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I did some networking when looking for an internship in the residential home building sector. I joined ABC Builders Group and met some wonderful people who were willing to help me get a great start in my career. If hired at Vista Land I will continue to attend industry events. If you have recommendations for me, that would be great. I am eager to jump on new opportunities to network."

  6. 6.

    If hired at Vista Land, how will you source new sales opportunities?

      Vista Land wants to know if you have a sales or marketing plan in mind. It's a good idea to come to your interview prepared with some ideas on how you will make an impact shortly after being hired. In the home building and real estate realm, there are plenty of ways for you to drum up new clients and opportunities. Discuss how you will be a success story, from the start!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If Vista Land hires me, I will source new sales opportunities by first warm calling the leads that have gone dry in the past 12 months. From there, I will ask for referrals from happy clients of the past. Some other marketing strategies of mine include strategic social media posts to garner interest from your target customer demographic."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I know there are a few home shows that come through our city every year. I will gain some opportunity and exposure through this trade show circuit. I am good with online marketing, so I plan to begin a social media account focused on the design and beauty that Vista Land delivers. I will also comb through the CRM to uncover potential prospects and leads that have gone cold."

  7. 7.

    Walk me through your construction or real estate related education.

      An education in construction or real estate may not be a requirement at Vista Land but related education is always a bonus. Your education may be in the form of a formal degree, online coursework, workshops, or certifications. If your education is not related to the industry, take some time to think about the ways that your training will translate to this particular position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management from XYZ University. My courses focused on communication and presentation skills, technical mathematics, materials and methods of construction, and project cost estimation. I was top of my class in most of the technical coursework and found that to be my specialty. This education has helped me to carve out a very successful career in the residential home building space."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My formal education is in Business Analysis. Although not specific to construction, home building, or real estate; my knowledge is still highly transferable. Valuable coursework comes in the form of math, research, and engineering topics. If you require specific construction related coursework, I am happy to add this to my career plan."

  8. 8.

    Have you ever been in charge of contractors or trades people? If so, how many, and under what job descriptions?

      The answer to this question should be straightforward for you. List for the interviewer how many people you have led, what their job titles were, and a bit about yourself as a leader. If you do not have leadership experience, lean on an example of a time when you led others without leadership being a formal requirement of the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have led teams of up to 25 people; including general contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and junior project managers. I take pride in being a communicative leader who expresses deadlines and clear expectations from the start. My strength is in gaining buy-in from the team as a whole, ensuring a harmonious work environment with a focus on safety."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am new to my career, so my leadership responsibilities have not been formal; however, I do tend to take on a leadership style role in a group setting. Even while attending university, I had a keen ability to keep teams working well together on major group-based projects. I look forward to gaining even more leadership experience with Vista Land and, one day, leading a team of my own here."

  9. 9.

    Competition in the home building realm is fierce. In your opinion, what sets Vista Land apart from our local competitors?

      The hiring authority needs to see that you have done your homework when it comes to the competitive landscape of home building in your region. Take a look at the Vista Land website, look for times they have been in the news or won any awards for exceptional work. Perhaps they stand out by longevity, how much they give back to the community or the number of 5-star reviews present online.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "You are the longest-running business in this region when it comes to mid-level and luxury home building. I appreciate the fact that you give so much back to the community, including the hours that your teams invest in charities such as Habitat for Humanity every year. I am excited to join such a seasoned team of thoughtful building professionals."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "What sets Vista Land apart are the hundreds of positive reviews I read online from happy customers! Your homes are beautiful, and the feedback is consistent; you produce high-quality homes that people can afford."

  10. 10.

    What are some advantages to purchasing a new build versus an older home?

      Since the primary focus of Vista Land is on new home builds, it's best that you come to your interview with an understanding of the differences and advantages of building a new home versus purchasing an older home.

      Some of these advantages include:

      - Clients can customize the home
      - Less competition and bidding wars, so you never overpay
      - You have a fresh, clean start rather than having to do renovations
      - Your home is more likely to be modern and up to date
      - A new home will be more energy efficient since it's made with newer materials

      Discuss with the interviewer what you believe to be the advantages; showing that you are prepared to overcome any client objections.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "There are many advantages that I can express to Vista Land clients when it comes to building a home with us versus purchasing an older home. Most exciting, in my opinion, is all of the customizations that can take place. From details such as floor plan, cabinetry, flooring, and hardware; a new home builder will allow you to have a say in so much more! Who doesn't love the idea of moving into a house that was built just for them."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "New home smell! Do I have to say more? Really though, there are so many advantages to building new. If I had a client hesitating on a new home versus an old one, I would show them how much more energy efficient their new home is, compared to an older home. I would show them the fact that they pay for what they want, and can skip what they don't want. When buying an older home; you just get what you get. Also, a new home will be more modern, making it better for resale down the road."

  11. 11.

    What is your approach to ensuring that a client reads and understands all of the details in their home-buyer contract?

      Home-buyer contracts are long, and they cover every nitty-gritty detail you could imagine. They may be yawn-worthy, but they sure are necessary!

      The last thing Vista Land would want is for a client to back out of a sale because they felt nervous over the small print. Discuss with the interviewer what you do to make sure that your clients are comfortable before signing on the dotted line.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The first thing that I do with my clients is I walk them through each section of the contract, using layman's terms. It's essential that I take the time to ensure they know what specific industry terms mean and how they relate to them as a home buyer. If I notice that my client has more questions, or they seem confused, I will revisit any area where they seem to feel stuck. Lastly, if there is still any unclear area, I will call our in-house real-estate lawyer to chat with the clients and answer any of their questions."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have been guilty of breezing over the fine print when it comes to large purchases for myself, such as a home or vehicle. I want my clients to feel comfortable asking any questions about their home-buyer contract. For this reason, I would walk them through each section of the contract, explaining certain terms in a way that we can all understand."

  12. 12.

    How many homes do you think we build and sell every year? Tell me about the volume you are accustomed to managing.

      You should be able to find the answer to this on the Vista Land website. If the answer is not there, it's okay to ask! Although your number may be a guesstimate, it's more important to the interviewer that you are confident in your ability to manage a large volume of work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I read on your website that you build around 120 homes per year, which is a very significant volume. Vista Land has helped to develop some of my favorite homes in a variety of neighborhoods across this region, and I look forward to contributing to those projects. I currently manage around 15 new builds at a time, and around 45 per year. I am confident that I can take hold of the project volume here with full competency."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I looked for this information online and, although I could not find an exact number, I have the impression that you are very busy considering you took home the 'Top Homebuilder of the Year' award for the past three years running. Could you tell me more about the project volume that you handle and the volume in this specific role?"

  13. 13.

    How do you manage your projects and all the moving parts that come along with new home builds?

      This question is your opportunity to show off your exceptional organizational skills! Talk to the hiring authority about the number of projects that you have on the go, and how you keep track of it all. Assure the interviewer that you are well-organized and capable of handling a significant volume of work. If you are new to your career, you can lean on the fact that you had many projects and assignments on the go while attending post-secondary studies.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I manage my projects through the use of a team-based project management system called Trello. Do you use a similar tool here at Vista Land? When given a new project to start, I plug in all the information, files, deadlines, and requirements into Trello so that everything is in one place. From the big picture to the finer details that come with the home building industry, myself and my team can easily access it all."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "While in university, I became a huge fan of prioritization, using my iCalendar, and color coding tasks according to urgency. I plan to use a similar style of project organization here at Vista Land, to help me stay on top of every important project detail."

  14. 14.

    Do you belong to any professional home builder or real estate associations?

      Your answer will be straightforward considering you have the experience, or you do not. You might have professional associations or memberships listed on your resume; however, the interviewer may want you to go into further detail on your level of involvement.

      If you do not belong to any professional home builder or real estate associations, you could ask the interviewer for recommendations in the area. By asking for recommendations, you are showing enthusiasm and a desire to be part of the industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For the past six years I have been a member of the ABC Home Builders Excellence Association, and this year, plan to run for a seat on the board. I gain a lot of value from this group in the form of networking and learning about changes in our industry, and it's strict regulations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I would love some recommendations on where to start when it comes to associations or groups where I can become involved. A career in home building is my ultimate desire, and I am open to any experiences that will help me to network and gain a better footing in this industry."

  15. 15.

    How do you feel about being in charge of building someone's dream home?

      Building a dream home for someone sounds like an incredible challenge, and a fun one! But, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, either. The interviewer would like to see that you have a reasonable idea of what it will take to complete a home building project, successfully. Show your awareness of the hard work involved, and make sure that your passion for this industry shines through.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The thought of being in charge of building someone's dream home is exhilarating and humbling at the same time. I love that I could work for Vista Land where clients have a deep trust that you will deliver exceptional quality on the biggest purchase of their lives. Rest assured, I will do everything it takes to meet the incredible standards you have set."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One of the reasons I was so excited to join the Vista Land team is because of your stellar reputation for delivering projects that people are proud to call home. I very much look forward to being a part of building someone's dream home. I do know that realistically, it isn't all excitement and design; however, I plan to embrace every element that comes with the process of building a dream home."

  16. 16.

    Home buyers expect service outside of the regular 9-5. How do you feel about working evenings, weekends, and some holidays?

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  17. 17.

    What are the most common objections you expect to hear from new home buyers in this market?

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  18. 18.

    Do you have experience creating or managing a marketing plan for establishing new customer relationships?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about your experience working alongside sales, accounting, purchasing, land development, and production departments.

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  20. 20.

    On a scale of 1-10, how familiar are you with safety standards in accordance with OSHA and state regulations?

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  21. 21.

    Are you experienced when it comes to vendor management and negotiations?

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  22. 22.

    What is a House-in-Progress report, and what should it include?

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  23. 23.

    Are you familiar with any CRM software? If so, how have you used a CRM to help you be more efficient at work?

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  24. 24.

    What do you plan to accomplish in the first 90 days of working for Vista Land?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about some professional goals you have set for yourself this year.

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  26. 26.

    How will you build rapport with Vista Land clients?

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  27. 27.

    Vista Land strives to deliver top client service to our home buyers. What does excellent client service mean to you?

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  28. 28.

    Tell me about a time when you were particularly useful in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.

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  29. 29.

    Are you applying for a job with any Vista Land competitors?

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  30. 30.

    Have you ever been in a conflict with a boss or coworker? How did you resolve the situation?

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