Assessors, otherwise known as real estate appraisers, estimate the value of land and the buildings on the land. This information supports the sale of the land, the development of the real estate, as well as the calculation of taxes, mortgages, and insurance. Assessors work in an office setting but also spend a large portion of their time in the field to conduct site visits as a part of the appraisal process. The extent of report writing will depend on the type of property that's being assessed. Most assessors work a full-time schedule during normal business hours. Valuable skills include analytical skills, customer service, mathematics, and time management. To qualify to be an assessor, your locale may require licensing or certification, which may also require varying levels of education.
An assessor can find work at banks, mortgage companies, real estate offices. It's also possible to be self-employed. You can find vacancies in local real estate publications and online job boards. The interview will differ depending on the hiring organization. They will be looking for someone who is both accurate and precise, and who demonstrates strong quantitative and analytical aptitude. This is because an assessor must be able to provide an accurate appraisal of the value of a property that's based on accurate data and sound judgment: many factors such as taxes and insurance will be based on the information the assessor provides.
To prepare for the interview, think about how you can demonstrate your thoroughness, and diligence. Recall examples in which you were able to combine your math and analytical skills to produce an accurate report that was used in an important decision. Think of a scenario where a decision was made on inaccurate information and how you would've improved it. Become well-informed on real estate matters in the area where you're applying: what's the trend for the property value in that area, and what are some causes of it? Finally, instill confidence in the interviewer by giving concise responses in a polite and friendly manner.