What’s it like to appear for an interview not knowing what kind of questions they’ll throw at you?
A lot of us have been in this situation before and we would agree on the fact that it’s nothing short of a nerve-wracking experience.
Just as it is with any field, getting a good job in the Architecture world is tough if you don’t nail the interview process. Therefore, today, we are going to contribute 30 of the most-asked interview questions to help out people in this line of work.
With that in mind, let’s proceed.
Most Common Architecture Interview Questions
- Most Common Architecture Interview Questions
- Why did you apply to work here?
- Are you LEED Accredited? If not, do you plan to be?
- Tell us about a little bit about yourself
- How would you rate your Sketchup, Revit, and AutoCAD skills?
- How do you picture your ideal job to be like?
- What are the things you like about your current job?
- What are the things you don’t like about your current job?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- How much are you earning right now?
- Are you licensed or planning to be?
- What are the things you do not like to do?
- Who are you supervising?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your accomplishments?
- Do you enjoy your career?
- How much do you expect as a minimum salary?
- How well can you handle pressure?
- How do you feel about traveling?
- Can you tell us something which is outside your resume?
- When can you start working?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why did you want to become an architect?
- What are the factors that helped you achieve your biggest success till date?
- What do you expect from yourself as an architect?
- Are there any challenges you’re expecting to face in this field? If yes, what are they?
- What trends do you think are significant in Architecture?
- What do you know about our company?
- Which person in this field do you admire most and why?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Why did you apply to work here?
If the interviewers pop this question, it’s likely because they want to know whether you have gone through their ‘about us’ section or not. Mostly, it would be because they want to know how interested you are to work with them.
Since this is a very important and common question, you need to provide a valid answer to declare your reasons.
The most effective answer to provide will depend on how much significant data you have about the company. There is no need to memorize everything, except for listing down all the important points that drove you to apply for the position.
Keep in mind not to say anything which sounds beneficial only to you, but should be something like “I like that the office has a friendly workplace” or “I like that the main purpose of the company is to contribute meaningful growth to the Architecture field”. However, be sure to keep it real and valid, followed by showing your own passion towards achieving similar goals.
Are you LEED Accredited? If not, do you plan to be?
This is one of the questions to expect since it has become very popular during interviews lately.
We would suggest to become a LEED Accredited candidate to land for your dream job easily. It will also be beneficial in terms of knowledge as well as it can make you a more favorable employee by many companies.
Tell us about a little bit about yourself
While this is not a question, per se, it helps employers to get to know you better.
The reason why this request is important is because it appears to be very simple and therefore, a lot of people tend to overlook it. Some even go to the extent of narrating their whole life story, in which case is not truly necessary.
The idea is to keep it brief and profession-related. Even while sharing about your professional history, make sure not to include everything. The few things you need to disclose should hint the employers as to why you’ll be a good asset to the company.
Insert your skills set and accomplishments into the verbal bio description without appearing desperate for the role. Finish it off by hinting how these accomplishments landed you for the current job.
How would you rate your Sketchup, Revit, and AutoCAD skills?
When encountering this question, be sure to stick with what’s true – whatever the skill levels are. There are many cases where employers find out soon enough that their employees’ work do not live up to what they claimed in the interviewing process.
Therefore, to prevent embarrassment later on, it’s important to tell the truth. Moreover, many architecture companies have CAD tests to check out their candidates’ skills.
In other cases, recruiters will ask candidates to prepare a written document where they can prove their knowledge about certain topics which are similar to this. Therefore, be prepared for such situations too.
But in case you doubt your writing skills will impress the hiring team, even with the amount of architecture knowledge you’ve got, it’s safe to approach an essay writer to help out with it. However, the process still requires revising these topics to equip yourself with knowledge of the field.
How do you picture your ideal job to be like?
When answering this question, try to keep it vague, and not specific. Generally, a vague answer will prevent you from describing a role which is completely different from what the employers expect.
It is always safe to do some research beforehand about the role that you applied in order to jot down points which are compatible with your skills.
By being vague, we don’t mean something that the employers won’t understand. Instead, it is something that is found in any work environment such as having to deal with a team or handling pressure in stressful situations.
What are the things you like about your current job?
Normally, interviewers ask this question to understand if they can give you the same kind of comfort that your current job does.
So when answering this question, make sure that the positive points are relatable to the ones which this company is able to offer.
Your answer should be in the lines of admiring the team and their work ethic because many good companies will almost always have this characteristic.
What are the things you don’t like about your current job?
While the previous questions dwell on positive things, this one requires to let out some of the bad experiences you encountered with the current job.
No doubt, there are always good and bad times in any workplace, but it is always wise to prepare the right answer for questions like this.
What you can do is think of a situation that the new company does not have. For instance, if you are going to shift from a small firm to a bigger one, you can say that the duties of two people are dumped to a single person. Explain to them in such a manner that they understand the workload is impossible to achieve.
Remember that it must sound like a valid reason for quitting the job, and not just because you got bored of it.
Are you willing to relocate?
If you have decided to go for the interview, they will assume that you are already willing to relocate. However, the question is here because they need assurance and to see what your thoughts are about moving to a different city.
Although telecommuting is not common in the architecture world yet, it would be good to ask if they will provide it while you’re still getting ready to shift.
How much are you earning right now?
We understand the level of discomfort when this question comes up. But remember this is a professional question, and not a personal one.
We urge you to tell the truth no matter what because if they doubt you, they will request to get in touch with your former employer.
Keep in mind not to mention anything which is personal such as how you’re struggling with the current earnings and that you can’t pay the bills. All of these should be kept aside for you to deal with, personally.
Are you licensed or planning to be?
Just as being a LEED Accredited is highly favorable to any architecture company, the same goes for being licensed too.
Many companies aim to have as much licensed workers as possible since they want to feel assured that the people they hire are good at what they do. Hence, having that on your resume will be one of the top reasons why they will hire you.
But if you are not, we suggest looking forward to getting licensed. While answering, stray away from complaining about the long procedures of getting it done as it might give off the vibe that you’re not determined enough.
What are the things you do not like to do?
If the interviewers ask this question, take some time to think about it first.
What you should consider is there might be certain things you don’t like to do, but are a must in the firm. Also, try to mention as little as possible so they won’t get the wrong idea or think of you as being incompetent.
There is a chance that you don’t like something purely because of the fact that you don’t understand it. But if you really want the job, make some space for learning new information or skills.
Who are you supervising?
This is a common question interviewers ask their candidates. If you are actually supervising, let them know how you do it while keeping it brief. Take them through a typical day of your daily work.
On the other hand, if this question is not applicable to you, mention it but let them know the main activities you’re required to fulfill. This answer will fill in the question rather than leaving it blank.
What are your strengths?
This is a chance to exaggerate about yourself a little, knowing you have the skills.
Whether it is time management, attention to details or being very organized, the key is to sound confident while describing your strengths.
Make sure the interviewers get that you’re serious and prepared for whatever duties that lie ahead.
What are your accomplishments?
When they ask about your accomplishments, don’t bring in everything you’ve done in life.
Remember that they are looking for answers which are related to the field. So you need to prepare a few of them in bullet points before appearing for the interview.
Include an many related answers as you can that will impress the interviewers. You can even insert how challenging it was to achieve some of those successes.
Do you enjoy your career?
The secret to crack this answer is to maintain a positive tone, however the situation may be.
Start by mentioning how happy you are for being able to complete education and finally making it till where you are right now. Also tell them how you’re looking forward to gaining new experiences and exploring other opportunities within the architecture community.
When they understand that someone is passionate about this career, they will be assured that the person will give his best and not back out easily.
How much do you expect as a minimum salary?
We would suggest talking about salary only after the offer letter is provided. But if that is not the situation, tell them that you’re flexible depending on what other benefits they offer. Or you can also state that you trust they will make a reasonable offer.
It is also okay to justify in case you deserve more based on what you offer.
It is possible that the present company could not see your useful skills, but the new one just might. While doing so, try not to go overboard or sound desperate because this will be a red flag. Stick with stating the fact that you have a set of skills which will can contribute to a company’s growth.
How well can you handle pressure?
In the field of Architecture, stress and pressure are inevitable. There will be cases when one has to deal with difficult clients or completing urgent tasks. Hence, you must be able to maintain a positive tone when talking about this topic.
Let them get a clear picture that you can perform better under pressure, or that you’re looking forward to face stressful situations that will keep you going rather than a workplace with no stress at all.
How do you feel about traveling?
As much as you love traveling, remember that it is not the same as taking a vacation to the Bahamas as it is limited to business purposes only. Moreover, if you have a family, it will be quite difficult to go out of town all the time.
But looking on the bright side, travel in this line of work is mostly reserved for the upper departments. On top of that, you can always check for travel requirements before applying for the job.
If it is in your favor to travel, state that there will be no issue hitting the road from time to time. Mention that you’re aware of it and there is no inconvenience which will prevent you from being away for some time.
Can you tell us something which is outside your resume?
When interviewers ask you this question or something similar, it hints that they want to know you better. Again, don’t share too much of your personal life with them. Instead, prepare a few answers which are related to the job.
For example, you can include creative hobbies and favorite documentaries.
When can you start working?
The date given in response to this question should be specific and fixed. There must be no other plans on this day since you don’t want to appear late on the first day of joining.
We also recommend joining as soon as possible. However, do give yourself some time to prepare before you can start.
If you are still under a notice period with the current company, don’t forget to mention it while providing your ideal date. And if the interviewers forget to ask, make sure to raise this question so you have the time to prepare.
Why should we hire you?
Take this chance to restate the skills and strengths you have by briefly explaining how they can be useful for the firm.
Your response can be in the lines of being extremely dedicated towards completing a goal, how your BREEAM and LEED skills can be very handy for large projects or that you can assure the final outcome will be excellent.
Why did you want to become an architect?
Here is a simple, yet effective question interviewers use to find out more about their candidate’s passion in becoming an architect. Depending on the answer, this will determine whether or not you’re going to get the role in their company.
It’s important to take some time and look back at what drove you to where you are now. What was the main reason that made you decide to become an architect? Did it begin as a childhood dream? Do you come from a family of architects? Or it may simply be because you love construction and spending time to build/design architectures.
Whatever the reason may be, the interviewers will have an idea of what your ideal role will be.
What are the factors that helped you achieve your biggest success till date?
In case the interviewers ask this question, understand that they will receive a lot of information about you. Hence, it requires being cautious while answering it.
First of all, they will be able to see whether the skills you claim to have served your previous accomplishments or not. They can also tell if you did enjoy your former role and responsibility. If they understand that your skills can be implemented for tackling bigger issues, there’s a high chance you’re going to get the job.
Secondly, the question highlights your understanding about different aspects which lead to accomplishments. Take this opportunity to recap how you managed to pull off a project successfully in the past. Also, do not forget to mention about the obstacles you faced during a particular project.
What do you expect from yourself as an architect?
When coming across a question like this, the first thing to remember is to be realistic. While it’s alright have ambition, maintaining a realistic goal is the key.
Don’t go overboard by saying you expect to do something impossible with a short period of time. Instead, take some time at home and reflect on what you can potentially contribute to the architecture community with your skills and ability.
Are there any challenges you’re expecting to face in this field? If yes, what are they?
Since it is obvious that challenges will always be there in any given department, it’s only about right that your first response should be a ‘Yes’.
This is actually not a very difficult question if you know what the company focuses on. If its sole focus is on commercial banking designs, try to bend your answer towards that direction without making too obvious at the same time.
What trends do you think are significant in Architecture?
If this question comes up during the interview, it’s probably because they want to see what creative ideas you have. Don’t stress about it too much because everybody else has their own unique ideas which they think can contribute to Architecture.
What you can do, however, is try blending whatever knowledge and creativity you have, then construct your answer according to what feels right.
Even if you are excited to share your ideas, remember to maintain a positive, yet logical answer.
What do you know about our company?
As a general rule, you should know about the company that you’re applying for, whether it is for a clerk or a manager role. Check if there are any updates about it too.
Do a little research beforehand so that you do not appear uninformed when the time of the interview arrives.
Start by reading about them on their ‘about’ section, followed by checking if they were recently featured on the news.
Which person in this field do you admire most and why?
Interviewers ask this question for two of the following reasons:
The first one being to check what you know about contemporary architecture and the second is to see what kind of style you’re into.
In case you have no architect that you strongly admire, choose one whose work you have more knowledge of. But if you do have a person in mind, that’s better because then, you can explain to them easily.
What are your weaknesses?
Be completely honest and transparent when answering this question. But keep in mind to twist the answer in such a way they understand you’re trying. If meeting an urgent deadline is your weakness (which they are not looking for in an employee), state that you’re struggling with it, but improving to become better at the same time.
Do you have any questions for us?
At the end of every interview, they will probably ask this question to give you a chance to clarify any doubts.
However, don’t misuse this advantage by asking about salary and leaves. Instead, show more interest in the company and ask questions accordingly.
If there are no questions rushing in your mind, whatsoever, try asking about the feedback of the interview so you have the chance to improve yourself in the future.
And with that, we have come to the end of today’s guide!
We would recommend being smart while answering questions, but most of all, to prepare everything beforehand. Also, be honest so that when your answers match your actions, you’re inviting the chance of getting hired. We wish you the best in landing for the perfect dream job!