Real Estate Agent Interview
An informational interview is a useful tool aspiring job seekers can use to gather further information about the job they have interest in. It is when the job seeker or the person interested in the job conducts an interview with a professional by asking them asking directly relating to the job. These questions can vary by industry but all give information to the job seeker.
- Name: Kyle Coglitore
- Title/Position: Real Estate Broker
- Company: Twin Cities Properties, LLC.
- Industry: Real Estate
Questions about the Contact
Career, Company, Industry; Skills, Success
I first contact Kyle because we had a mutual friend. My friend knew I was into the real estate business and set me up with Kyle. Kyle has been in the real estate game for many years and grew a successful business. I asked him how he started it. His direct response was he put his heart and sole into it. He knew that he wanted to be a broker since he was just a boy. He told me that if I wanted something so bad, you will not stop at nothing in order to get it. I asked him his first approach to real estate. His response was after he finished his tests for the real estate exam, he starting working for a family friend that quickly grew his name in a smaller town that got him noticed. Once he got noticed, he moved into his own stuff and moved into the city. He has been there ever since.
I also asked him about the work itself. What is it like? He explained that he loves to set his own hours, but that varies because many people seek to buy real estate in inadequate times, such as weekends and nights. So he is working all the time. He also said he likes it and that it pays off in the long run.
I asked him his greatest success story. His response was that he was able to sell 5 properties a week by himself. He said it was a huge accomplishment when he was first able to do this and it set himself up big for what he is doing today. It was a turning point for him. He said he felt like the real deal.
Questions about Communications Practices and Writing
Could you please describe the typical kinds of writing you do and tell me a bit about each?
The types of writing Kyle does is mostly professional in a sense that he is trying to sell property. He needs to be professional. However, when a trusted and loyal client returns, he said that it gets a lot more casual and he starts to steer less of letters and emails and switches to texts and phone calls. He has many repeating and loyal customers.
What do you find most challenging about your day-to-day writing? What challenges do recent graduates face as they move from “academic writing” to “workplace writing”?
Day-to-day writing comes natural as an agent because we do it so much. There isn’t a day that goes by that an agent like myself isn’t writing a professional business email to a business or bank or even a potential client. Kyle didn’t see that much of a difference because when he was in college at the University of St. Thomas, the styles he used to write academic papers have helped him write his business papers to potential clients.
How would you describe the balance between written and oral communication in your workplace?
In the real estate business, written and oral communication greatly differs. Written communication is way more professional in the sense that closes deals and communicating with banks and mortgage firms. Oral communication for an agent is way more laid back. People in the business that want to buy real estate do not seem to like so much professional talk, they want someone who really cares about them and using more of a professional voice scares them away. An agent needs to be friends with the client to build their trust.
Questions seeking Advice for you
I asked Kyle about any advice he had for me. He said due to my interest in accounting, finance, and real estate, that I should try to pursue a career in real estate accounting. He too graduated from UST with an accounting degree and started off as a real estate accountant for a larger firm. He liked it, but it wasn’t for him. We talked and I told him my interests and he said that I would enjoy it. I am now looking into it more.
He also told me if I really wanted to be an agent, that I should work on my self image that people have of me. Clients want a trusted agent who has their back. They are potentially buying the most expensive thing they will in their lifetimes, and they want someone who will have their trust and guide them along the way.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
I learned a lot about the real estate industry. He shared stories of when he was an aspiring agent that really got to me. These stories have even more sparked my interest in the real estate profession. He said if you are good at it, success will follow, you just have to be good with people and someone people can trust. This caught home to me. I want nothing more to have integrity and trust with people, and being successful only comes with that. If I want to be a successful agent, I will have to work on my self image, perhaps in my hometown. A place that is smaller where I will stand out if I hold the true values of a successful agent.
I can’t thank Kyle enough for sharing his valuable time with me.