There is a great deal of movement in the architecture and interior design industry. If you’re not interviewing, you should definitely put yourself out there. Interviewing is a great way to stay in the game and keep track of the changing industry trends. If you want to take full advantage of the market, here are a few interview hacks for interior designers and architects that will help you ace your next interview.
Articulate Your Unique Value
The first thing you need to bring to an interview is an understanding of what you do best in your field. What do you enjoy? What part of the job do you find most rewarding? Lean into these details during the interview.
Elaborate on the unique value you offer.
If the interviewer doesn’t bring it up, make a space for it and articulate your passions.
Tell Stories About Your Projects
What was the most difficult project you worked on? How did you overcome the challenges of working on that project? What was your favorite project? What part of the project did you enjoy the most? And why?
Recruiters are human beings with emotions. While many may assume that logic and skills determine the candidate recruiters would choose, emotions play a major role as well.
Storytelling is a great way to incite emotions. What makes you unique and how do you bring that uniqueness into your work? How do you react to failures and successes? What makes you content? Bring a human element into your stories, engage your listeners, and don’t be scared of showing vulnerability.
If you have the ability to speak about your projects and tell a great story, you will be able to hack your interview.
Highlight Your Successful Client Interactions
Throughout your design career, at all points, you will be interacting with clients. In your interview, you have got to be able to articulate how you interact with your clients, how you successfully hold client interactions, how you overcame challenges, and how you grew over time.
This is a critical hack in ensuring you are a strong contender who deserves an offer.
Express Your Love for the Industry
Why did you choose architecture? Why interview design? Articulate your passion for the industry to the potential employer so they can see how you can grow over time in their firm. Practice talking about the “why” part.
Also, it is important to research your industry well and keep up with the latest trends. The interviewer doesn’t only want to see your passion but also wants to know if you are knowledgeable about your field.
In this article, we discussed four interview hacks for interior designers and architects. If you are actively looking for your next opportunity with a reputable interior design and architecture company, and need help with interviewing, DBI can walk you through the complete recruitment process.
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