Once you land your job interview, you’ll probably start thinking about everything you want to tell your potential employer — about your experience, the skills you’ve learned, and your career aspirations.
On the other hand, the interviewer will be looking for fit within the corporate culture. They want to verify that you’re as great as your resume indicates, and the interview is the opportunity to discover more about your potential. Your responses to their questions should be not only honest but also well-crafted to show that you are indeed the right person for the job.
On the flip side, you must also be careful about what not to say in an architecture and design interview. Being too truthful or asking about corporate benefits before receiving the job offer can change an interviewer’s opinion about your employment with the firm.
5 Things to Never Say In an Architecture and Design Interview
Getting hired is all about the interview and the offer.
It’s best to keep the interview focused on how your skills and qualifications would be an asset to the firm. Leave out the story about the time your dog went to the lake with you or how you’re looking forward to your second vacation to Italy this year. Instead, limit your answers to your work in architecture and design.
Even when sticking to architecture, you could blow your interview by asking the interviewer the wrong question at the wrong time. Avoid the temptation to ask or say:
- “The last firm I worked for was horrible, and let me tell you why…”
Never badmouth a former employer — even if they were horrible.
- “That new skyscraper downtown is sure ugly, isn’t it?”
Avoid criticizing other projects; the firm interviewing you may have been involved with the design.
- “I’m the most talented architect you’ll meet.”
Never boast about your work; let the interviewer conclude that you’re a brilliant candidate in the design field by sharing insight.
- “Can you evaluate my portfolio and give me some advice?”
Don’t expect feedback from the interviewer; the interview is not a critique.
- “So, how much does this job pay, anyway?”
Of course, you need to know what your salary might be, but don’t ask before you receive a job offer.
By maintaining a professional focus, you’re showing that you’re a mature team player who is all about the business of architecture and design.
Knowing what to never say in an architecture and design interview is just the first part of the process.
It’s All About the Timing
Once you receive a job offer, it’s time to negotiate. Now is the time to ask about the salary and any other benefits the firm might have to offer, such as flex scheduling or health insurance.
Some people find it difficult to advocate for themselves during this time. Your architectural and design recruiter can help you navigate the negotiations to be sure you’re adequately compensated for your work.
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