Architectural jobs have excellent prospects and according to the Department of Labor, the job opportunities within this field will increase by 16 percent to the year of 2018. However, the competition for architectural positions is in white-heat, especially for those prestigious firms. If you have applied for an architectural job, you will need to demonstrate your competence and creativity during your interview, so that you will have an edge.
1. Do some homework.
Prior to the interview, you need to read all the newsletters and reports published within the last year. The company’s organizational structure and mission statement should be carefully reviewed because you might need to discuss about the details of the current projects or issues facing the organization. Reread your resume, especially for the work experience section, so that you can create accomplishment stories that are helpful in demonstrating your creativity and competence. It is OK if you have little work experience, and in this case you are recommended to focus on your internship and education background. If possible, include your experiences when you were a leader in community or volunteer activities. Practice delivering these stories in a mock interview with one of your family member or a close friend.
2. Prepare for questions.
At the interview, you might be asked with some typical questions, for example, what is your strengths and weaknesses, what is your career goal, etc. When you are performing a mock interview, ask the family member or a friend to analyze your problem-solving skills when you are answering questions that focus on legal issues within architectural profession. You can also tape record the mock interview and review it to find places for improvement. In addition to answering questions, you will also have chance to ask your own questions at the interview. Through your questions, the interview can decide if you are an applicant that is able to skillfully combine your technical capability, creativity with good interpersonal skills. If appropriate questions are asked, you can also demonstrate that you have reached the organization and are willing to advance your career within the organization. Your questions should be something like: what will be my role? Are there opportunities for advancement?
3. Highlights your skills and qualifications.
In addition to completing your degree in architecture, you may also attend some design studio and created your drawings or three-dimensional models. These works are good proofs for your professional competence and you need to update your portfolio with related documents before you head to the interview. Grab some friends in the same field to criticize your works and see whether they are recent and sufficient to demonstrate your creativity and technical abilities. Don’t forget to include the evidence for your proficiency in building information modeling (BIM) and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD). Become familiar with each of the project and rehearse the presentation and discussion on each of them.
4. Dress your part.
Your potential employers are seeking for someone who can successfully represent the organization and hence, you should dress professionally to leave a good first impression. Be conservative in dressing and dark colored suits like black, blue or brown with tailored blouse or white shirt would be a safe choice. On the day of interview, arrive at least ten minutes earlier than the appointment time and give yourself a deep breath while compose yourself before your interview. When you first meet with the interviewer, greet them politely and pleasantly with a firm handshake and a warm smile. Maintain natural facial gestures and other mannerisms during the interviewer and keep consistent eye contact with the interviewers. Show your confidence and profession when you are answering questions.
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