Ask About Commuting During Your Next Interview

by | Nov 15, 2018

by Ben Hess, Managing Director, ThirdPool Recruiting

One of the prime benefits of working as a real estate agent is freedom from the daily commute.

Of course, real estate agents still spend a lot of time in their cars. However, they often have the flexibility to set their own schedules and escape rush hour stress.

To many workers in today’s job market, this is a significant benefit.

How significant?

A recent study found that a 20-minute increase in commute time is equivalent to getting a 19% pay cut for job satisfaction.

Who’s affected most?

Commuting stress disproportionately affects millennials (they often have to commute further to afford housing) and female workers (they place higher value on work-life balance).

During your next interview with a new-to-real-estate candidate, ask about his/her commute.

You may not only uncover a high level of dissatisfaction, but also find a problem that working as a real estate agent could easily solve.

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