In our last post we suggested practicing your answer for the interview question, “why did you leave your last place of employment”. One the top responses we hear from candidates is,“it was just not a good fit”. While this is a good answer, and most likely an honest one, giving more information can help build trust with the person who is leading the interview.

For example, if you were asked to leave your current employment because you could not get to work on time, your response in the interview might include:

I enjoyed my time with my past position but there were some shifts in things that no longer made it a good fit and it was decided it was best for me to go ahead and leave. The company wanted the manager to be at the office by 8:00 am everyday. While this worked for a while some things personally changed and I could not consistently get there at 8:00 am everyday.


My commute to the office became longer due to construction and I could not make arrangements to forgo my home responsibilities to leave my house earlier to compensate for the longer commute. As a result I was either late, or even when I was not late I was stressed that I would be late and it was not a quality start to the day. I requested to have a change in my schedule that would still cover office hours but the company felt it did not align with their office hour rules.

By giving more information in the interview the conversation can then take place about the interviewer’s office hour rules and helps everyone decide if the job is a good fit for both parties.

Have more questions about how to make an impact in your interview? Contact us! We can connect you to the best new jobs in multifamily and make sure you are prepared for every interview.

AuthorMary Martin

Every day we are talking to candidates, and one of the top questions we receive when a candidate is looking for new employment is how to answer the question, "Why did you leave your last place of employment?". This can be a loaded question for many.

Some of the standard answers we have heard are:

"It just wasn't a good fit."

"My property was for sale."

"There was too much work."

"The commute was too far."

These can all be valid reasons, but before you step foot into the interview, it's a good idea to practice your response. It is human nature to want to give a short, professional answer, but if you give too little information, it leaves the interviewer a lot of room to come up with their own scenario.

Spend some time asking yourself, "Why did I really leave?". Was the decision to leave mutual? Did you leave with a two week notice? Were you asked to leave? This is information you need to give to your interviewer along with a brief explanation as to the reason. There are very few reasons that can be as good or bad as what someone will make up their own mind!

Keep following the peoplezest blog and we'll share more details about how you can answer tough interview questions. 

AuthorMary Martin

As 2017 begins, peoplezest continues to operate by its core values of passion, kindness and belief. Owner, Jonna Smith started out the 2017 year with an example of belief. Jonna's belief is rooted in loving Jesus and following His example, but no matter what your religious beliefs are this core value is exemplified in helping others, giving back, and showing love and appreciation to those who may live a very different life than your own.

In January, Jonna lead a group to Ghana, West Africa where they worked with formerly trafficked children who are now safe at the Touch A Life Care Center. During the team's stay they threw a huge annual birthday party for all 76 kids! Everyone participated in games, ate plenty of cake, and enjoyed birthday hats, whistles, silly string, and bubbles! Each child also received two birthday cards with many birthday wishes from people in the United States.

Staying with the party theme, the team also hosted a staff appreciation luncheon for 27 staff members who take care for the children on a daily basis - house parents, cooks, security guards, and gardeners. The American group cooked in an outside kitchen and served a true Texas meal of BBQ chicken, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cornbread and apple cobbler. Each staff member was also given a gift that included socks, lotion, Vaseline, note pad, pencils, earrings, and sample cologne. These small tokens were cherished and Jonna can't wait to return for her fifth trip! 

AuthorMary Martin

The Peoplezest team talks to hundreds of candidates each year. Most of these candidates are passive - not actively looking for a new job - so one of the most frequent questions we are asked is, “how do I grow my salary?" When you stay with the same company for three to five years you could be in a role that does not have rapid growth. In order to have growth the positions have to become available. So while you are collecting your small annual raise each year, make use of your time to set yourself up for salary growth.

We find that the people who have the most rapid growth in financial packages are the passive candidate. You cannot have new opportunities presented if don't take the time to listen! Continuous networking is key. Even if you are not ready to make a change, have your pulse on the industry and keep adding to your contacts. Building those relationships will benefit you and those around you.

Next, it is good to make a change in employment every three to five years. Of course, make sure the move is right and for the right reasons! Look at your growth in the financial package but also think about what skills you will be adding to your resume. Speaking of resumes, always have one you are working on and adding to! Besides growth in your salary, be sure you are adding skills to your resume.

And don't forget about the importance of education! Today there are property management degrees at several colleges. The graduating members of this degree plan tend to move up quickly in responsibilities and salary. If you know someone who is attending college, or looking for a degree plan that has job openings after graduation, property management is a good suggestion. There are many courses you can take advantage of through your local, state and national apartment associations as well. And always keep reading to stay current - there are so many articles just a click away!


AuthorMary Martin