These are some good questions for you to ask prospective agents.
1) Ask if the agent has another job. Home searches take a lot of time, and you want someone who works full time and has a flexible schedule.
2) Ask if they work as a facilitator. It is best to have the agent represent ONLY you, and not the seller at the same time.
3) Find out how often they will send you home searches.
4) Ask how they will communicate with you i.e. texting, email, phone calls
5) Ask how long they have lived in the city you are looking in. An agent who has lived there for a year may not know the details of areas like someone who has lived there for 10 years.
6) Ask how many transactions they do per year. Negotiation takes practice so you want someone who does a lot. Typically the more the better.
7) Ask how many "active" buyers they work with at once. If someone has a lot, they may not have time for you.
8) Ask them if they have an assistant and who you can speak with if they are not available when you call.
9) Working with a Team agent puts more people on your side. Also, you tend to get more support before, during and after you close on the home. Find out about that.
10) Ask for referrals and call them.
11) Select a house you have seen and ask the agent to bring you a report of the house, area and neighborhood that they would normally give to a buyer. That way you can see what kind of information they will give you when helping you to think through the purchase. You will want to see a pricing breakdown, zoning maps, plat maps, etc.
12) Go with someone you get a good feel about. The fact is buying a home is stressful. You need someone that your instinct tells you is genuine, honest, and is professional. You also have to remember that just because your friends liked the agent, they may not be a good fit for you. Pick someone good for YOU.