Assistant portfolio managers assist in the daily operations of a real estate management company. The duties are typically administrative in a nature and require interaction with the residents of a specific set of properties organized into a single portfolio, as well as vendors that service those properties. The work is done in an office setting during normal business hours, though some travel to different properties may be required. A bachelor's degree is typically required, and further licenses or certifications may be preferred or required.
Job openings for assistant portfolio managers can be found through online job boards such as Indeed and Glassdoor. Vacancies can also be found by inquiring at property management companies. The interview will assess your administrative and clerical skills, your organizational skills, and attention to detail. You'll be expected to interface with a wide range of people, both those who are outside and who are inside the organization, so customer service and communication skills are also important. Experience with specialized software may be preferred.
To prepare for an interview for an assistant portfolio manager, think about your experience handling and managing large amounts of data. How do you file things for fast retrieval? What's your process for prioritizing your work? There may be frequent interruptions in your work due to unpredictable events such as evictions and other resident-related issues that will be brought to your attention, so think about how you stay on task and ensure that you're able to meet deadlines. Come up with anecdotes that show your ability to enact positive outcomes related to time management and customer service, and support them with illustrations of your organizational and clerical skills.