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Jul 8, 2014

I have nothing helpful to say here but I think David Lichtenstein is a badass

Jul 8, 2014

That's good enough for me! lol

Jul 8, 2014

Interviewed there last year. The guys I met with were interesting from diverse backgrounds (banking, architecture, brokerage), and there are a bunch of cool projects underway. They work in a number of asset classes, when I met with them they mentioned they just started getting into office properties so my knowledge of Argus would be a positive.

Their offices are (or were, not sure if they've moved - they were at Park and 54th area) are a dump and they mentioned the office clears out on Fridays for Sabbath.

Lichenstein... he's a certified badboy.

Jul 8, 2014

Sounds like I need to give it a shot.

Thanks!

Jul 9, 2014

They had an ad in this week's Real Estate Alert. So I'm guessing they must be good..

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Jul 24, 2014

How did it go? Who did you meet with?

Jul 31, 2014

Honestly? I have no idea.

I flew in on a red eye and met with the HR lady at 11am after traveling for 5 hours, so I was probably a little frazzled.
She asked me a couple weird questions, the oddest one being: "Did I forget to ask you something that (I was supposed to/ you think I should) ask you? Like something about your background or something I missed?" I thought it was a very odd question and responded by saying "I don't think so....?". (I have no idea what an interviewer at this level was required/expected to ask me.)

One of her relatives must have been a brick wall. Couldn't read her at all, and if you told me she was a profession poker player, I wouldn't be surprised. Not a hint of what she was thinking. Mono tonal for most of the time I spoke with her (phone and in person), a semi confrontational/uninterested air to her. Almost felt like she was just going through the rounds and was on her last day before retirement and simply beyond social/emotional approach. I would think this is exactly the kind of person you want doing HR.

This is probably my 3rd interview I've ever had since college mock interviews, and it was a lot more "stuffy" than my past interviews (Real estate agent and an interview with a small 3 person firm based out of midtown). If they are all like that, I am not a fan at all.

This wasn't a technical interview, just a "who are you and what have you done?" interview.

Jul 31, 2014
sdb5057:

Honestly? I have no idea.

I flew in on a red eye and met with the HR lady at 11am after traveling for 5 hours, so I was probably a little frazzled.

She asked me a couple weird questions, the oddest one being: "Did I forget to ask you something that (I was supposed to/ you think I should) ask you? Like something about your background or something I missed?" I thought it was a very odd question and responded by saying "I don't think so....?". (I have no idea what an interviewer at this level was required/expected to ask me.)

One of her relatives must have been a brick wall. Couldn't read her at all, and if you told me she was a profession poker player, I wouldn't be surprised. Not a hint of what she was thinking. Mono tonal for most of the time I spoke with her (phone and in person), a semi confrontational/uninterested air to her. Almost felt like she was just going through the rounds and was on her last day before retirement and simply beyond social/emotional approach. I would think this is exactly the kind of person you want doing HR.

This is probably my 3rd interview I've ever had since college mock interviews, and it was a lot more "stuffy" than my past interviews (Real estate agent and an interview with a small 3 person firm based out of midtown). If they are all like that, I am not a fan at all.

This wasn't a technical interview, just a "who are you and what have you done?" interview.

I've dealt with HR people/recruiters like that. If you ask me, they should have no part of the interviewing process.

Aug 6, 2014

So, you flew in just to meet with a HR person?

Aug 8, 2014

Yep. Really expected more and was extremely disappointed.

Aug 10, 2014
sdb5057:

Yep. Really expected more and was extremely disappointed.

I would've been pissed. Have you heard back?

Aug 7, 2014

I was a summer analyst on the acquisitions team at Lightstone. Everyone I worked with was brilliant and their deal volume was outstanding.

Aug 12, 2014

Nope. $400 waste of time.

Aug 16, 2014
sdb5057:

Nope. $400 waste of time.

you had to pay yourself??

Aug 17, 2014

Yep. I had other business I wanted to get over with as well. I was told to stop by whenever I was in town, so I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone, out of my own pocket.

Aug 18, 2014

Ok, this story is starting to make a little more sense. I couldn't see them paying for your flight only to have you meet with a HR person. If an employer says "stop by whenever [you're] in town" that means they aren't serious about hiring you and it's best to pass unless you (a.) don't have any experience to bring to the table, AND (b.) are desperate to relocate.

Aug 19, 2014

Ya that makes sense. Probably doesn't help that I am currently residing in miami for a few side projects but still consider myself residing in new york full time.

Aug 26, 2014

That's too bad dude. I went in for an interview for an internship while in grad school. Met with ~4 of their deal guys over 2 hours. Had an interesting time, not too many technicals and it was clear they felt as though I could add value on office analysis. They mentioned they just bought an office asset in midtown but no one knew how to use Argus, heh.

Ended up turning it down for a more institutional gig. Did you reach out directly to their acquisition group or go through HR?

Mar 15, 2016

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