I have an upcoming interview for an entry level position (Retail Analyst) at a CRE Services firm and was looking to gain insight into what this role might involve and what to expect in the interview. Between school and past internships, I have some high-level knowledge on different types of investing and financial institutions, though I have little to no experience w/ real estate.
Here are some of the functions listed w/the job posting:
-Work with Managing Director and Senior Associate on all Retail Business Unit activities.
-Assume the bulk of the day-to-day organizational and administrative duties for _________'s retail leasing platform, including reporting, proposal and pitch content/drafting, database management, property tours, marketing campaigns, management of the transaction process, client management and cold calling/outbound marketing.
-Become knowledgeable and experienced in, and contribute to, all aspects of ________'s business including Services, Acquisitions and Development.
-Grow and develop networks, databases and relationships within owner, tenant and brokerage communities
-Work with Retail Team on growth initiatives and strategic planning
Some of the questions I have include:
- How does an analyst position in a services firm differ from an analyst working for a RE investment firm?
- What does the career progression look like for this type of role? Is it easy to switch to a role on the investing side?
- What sort of questions should I expect to be asked (beyond the standard behavioral/fit ones)? What sort of questions should I ask (insight on CRE outlook,etc.)?
Any suggestions for reading material would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.