Interview Mistakes We’ve Seen & How to Avoid Them

Common Interview Mistakes We’ve Seen & How to Avoid Them 

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            Most interview disasters can be avoided with preparation. That’s not to say that accidents never happen—spilled coffee on your best shirt or car troubles on the way to the meeting—but you should always prepare in order to avoid mistakes that signal a red flag to employers. Here’s our list of the most common:

1. Arriving Late

First impressions are crucial, and if you are late to your interview you will be starting your interview off with a setback. Arriving on time communicates that you are professional and respectful of your potential employer’s time.

2. Dressing Unprofessionally

Dressing too casually is likely to leave a lasting impression in your interviewer’s mind—sometimes more than arriving late or saying the wrong thing; an unprofessional outfit can set you back. Always dress one notch up from the expected dress code in order to show a professional attitude.

 3. Not Knowing the Position You’re Applying For

Too often candidates walk in to an interview unsure of the type of apartment job they are applying for or what it requires. If you are unsure of the position you are interviewing for then it is going to be difficult to convince your interviewer that you truly want it. A simple way to avoid this is to research the position and the company beforehand.

4. Giving Away Too Many Weaknesses

When asked “What is your greatest weakness?” you should give an a weakness; but it doesn’t have to be one that could be held against you as a candidate. Some interviewees will list several of their genuine flaws, which can convince an interviewer that they aren’t right for the job.

 5. Talking Too Much

Perhaps due to nerves or an eagerness to prove themselves, some people have a tendency to talk the entire time of their interview. If this is you then take a breath and focus on listening and responding to your interviewer, whose job it is to lead the interview.

 6. Not Asking Any Questions

While talking too much is a bad interview habit, so is not talking enough. Your interviewer will expect you to ask questions, so come with a couple prepared. Not asking questions will make you seem uninterested or unmotivated to get the job.

 7. Talking Negatively about Previous Bosses

An interview should be a time to showcase you most positive aspects, and talking bad about a previous boss is a quick way to damper the atmosphere. Even if you feel strongly about a previous boss, an interview is not the place to discuss it.

 8. Poor Body Language

Beyond the words that are coming out of your mouth, pay attention to what your body language is communicating. Apartment jobs are usually fast-paced, so try to stay focused, upbeat, and confident during you interview and let your body language follow. If you appear tired or unsure during your interview an employer could assume that you will behave the same on the job.


Take measures against making these common mistakes and you will be at the top of the pack of applicants who are walking in to an interview for the same job. Remember–once you’ve prepared don’t worry about everything that could go wrong; stay focused on showing that you are the best fit for the job.


For more tips on how to improve your interview skills, check out 6 Tips to Leasing Interview Success.

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Making Your Administrative Job Resume Stand Out


5 Ways to Make Your Admin Resume Stand Out

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To land an admin job your resume has to not only show that you are qualified for a position, but also that you are the best person for the job. This means that your resume must embody the skills an admin position requires—organization, multi-tasking, and professionalism. Here’s our top 5 ways to make sure your admin resume stands out from the pile:

1.     Use Good Formatting

Administrative jobs require the utmost levels of organization, and your resume should reflect your skill for keeping things in order. If a jumbled, disorganized resume floats across a hiring manager’s desk they are less likely to hire you and more likely to assume that you are likewise disorganized. Keep your resume clear, concise, and following a traditional template in order to get noticed.

2.     Showcase Your Achievements

Under each previous position you have held you should include a brief description (bullet points) of your job duties. Showcase your achievements by including ways in which you excelled at work, for example training someone else, making the office more efficient, or other ways you improved at your position. When possible, use numbers or percentages to quantify and demonstrate these accomplishments (For example: Customer Satisfaction increased by 30% while I served as a Customer Service Rep).

3.     Highlight Your Relevant Experience

Your resume should progress from your most recent work experience to your least recent. Any positions that are irrelevant or too long ago to be relevant should be left off. Note: If you do not have direct administrative job experience you should evaluate previous positions on how well their demands could transfer to an admin position. Work where you were in an office, providing customer support, or even sales could be valuable in the eyes of your resume’s reader.

4.     Recognize Your Special Skills

One of the best ways to set your resume apart is to include a section at the end for your special skills. Additional training, software knowledge, or language skills are a few examples of what you may chose to include. Most resumes will look the same to a hiring manager, so use this section to go the extra mile and get noticed!

5.     Double Check for Errors

Administrative jobs are highly detail-oriented, and as such having errors on your resume could be a major turn-off to an employer. Double and triple check for grammar and spelling errors to avoid having your resume tossed out at first glance.


Applying for administrative positions is competitive, but following these tips and acing your interview will set you apart and show that you are the best person for the job.

To apply for an Admin job with Hire Priority, you can submit your resume here.

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My Story: Alejandra Deluna

Alejandra Deluna came to Hire Priority with the intention of diving back into a leasing job after taking a break from the industry for a few years. At the time her job required her to travel a lot and leasing offered the promise of more stability. With her love of leasing Alejandra was determined to get back into the apartment industry in Austin. After hearing about Hire Priority from a coworker, Alejandra came in for an interview, began working at a property, and four weeks later was hired on permanently.

Alejandra’s passion for leasing has propelled her career forward, and she now works at a property that she loves, remarking that she finds so much satisfaction in meeting new people and finding clients the right place to live. As soon as Alejandra began working with Hire Priority she says that she began to learn a lot, and plans to continue to hone her leasing skills with an upcoming 20 classes of training. With her skill for leasing, drive to learn, and love of the apartment industry, Alejandra is truly a forerunner in the field of Austin leasing.

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2014 Maintenance MANIA!!


Maintenance Mania Austin 2014


Making Apartment Maintenance a Hire Priority since 1990! Check out some of our pics from yesterday’s event. Congrats to all the winners!


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Top 2014 Hiring Tips

Top Hiring Tips for the Apartment Industry in 2014

Just as the apartment industry evolves year-to-year, so does the hiring process for apartment jobs. With steep competition in the market for open positions, hiring managers are faced with the challenge of recruiting from a large and varied pool of applicants.

Here’s this years top tips for a more successful and streamlined hiring process.

1. Be Clear About Your Expectations

One of the easiest ways to attract the wrong kind of job applicants is to create a job listing that is ambiguous or unclear. Specifying the positions requirements and what it will consist of can help weed out applicants. Likewise, during the interview process be sure to be upfront about the demands of the position to avoid confusion later on.

 2. Have a List of Questions for Interviews

For each interview you conduct you should do your homework on the applicant, taking time to review and assess his or her resume. Additionally, having a list of questions to use for each interview will ensure you are prepared and also consistent in your interviewing process. In the apartment industry these can cover anything from specific skills to how an applicant would respond in a challenging situation. Of course you can go beyond these pre-determined questions, but they will provide a helpful jumping off point.

3. Ask About Applicants Past Performance

Included in that list of interview questions to ask should be at least one that addresses a candidates’ work history. Past performance is one of the best indicators of future performance; so don’t neglect delving into questions about previous positions. Questions covering a candidate’s previous professional challenges at an apartment job, accomplishments, or why they left a position fall into this category.

 4. Don’t Overlook the Small Things

The wealth of resources available on the Internet for interviewees is plentiful, with the result that applicants often come to interviews with standard, unoriginal answers to questions. In a market as competitive as the apartment industry, small details can set one candidate apart from another. If a candidate is late, disheveled, or has other indicators of unprofessionalism it could be a strong indicator of behaviors that will continue on the job.

5. Try out a Candidate Before Hiring

More and more employers are ‘test-driving’ employees before they make the commitment to hire. Especially with apartment jobs, having a candidate come work for a few days or weeks can serve as a good prediction if they will fit with your team and property. Hiring the wrong person for a job costs time and money, but by taking a potential employee on for a short time you can reduce the risk of making a bad hire.


The hiring process can eat up a property’s time and money, but with these tips you can begin to simplify the process so that it is stress-free and effective for 2014.

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