Designers, 7 things you need to know before interviews

Designers, 7 things you need to know before interviews


This article ‘Designers, 7 things you need to know before interviews’ is written for designers, architects, interior designers and all creatives to give a tip to what to know before an interview. Its is help all creatives get that role you deserve. When you are interviewing at a creative company you need to put yourself in their shoes and understand their vision for the firm. Get inside their DNA. At HAUS we are all ex architects, architectural designers part II, interior designers, landscape architects and as such have been through and given advice on 1000’s of interviews. Here is what we learned. Good luck.

1. It’s not all about the money… even if it is!

We all know money is important – but potential employers will want to hear about your love of architecture and design. So have a think about how much you want them to pay you and what you might accept if you’re offered the job. Don’t Demand! Make it easy for them to hire you at a price that works for you – and them. Leave it to them to discuss.

2. Don’t be boring….be creative

Architecture and design are of course jobs in a creative industry -but it’s also a business so be aware you’ll be dealing with clients. So a potential employer will be looking for people that will help their business grow. Be engaging, positive and lively! Show them you can work with clients and make the office a great place to work. Interviewers will be working with you – they want to know whether they can enjoy working with you – especially in a small cosy studio.

3. Show a range of skills

Remember Architects and interior designers like to build things. Some designers forget this. Having knowledge of technical issues, cost and how to problem solve is so important and often people miss it out. A portfolio should show a range of RIBA and technical work stages if you have them. Have a range of technical info – whether that’s Revit models, Specs, or simple details if you have it.

4. Tailor what you’re saying to the job description

You need to show in the interview what you want to do in your career – but only if it matches what they are looking for too. Read the job description carefully and work around what experience you have so you can showcase yourself better

5. Show the right amount of work…but not everything.

You don’t want to the interview with everything you have ever done. Make it your best and a variety of all aspects of your work. Starting with all Riba stage working if you have it – then further details, tenders, Revit models maybe, onsite pictures and always hand sketching if they are good. Only the best will make you stand out from the crowd!

6. Be friendly but professional

Always be polite and never bad mouth another company – especially where you have come from. It’s a small world and you never know who the interviewer is friends with or who may have worked with.

7.Make yourself stand out from the crowd

The most attractive design candidate is the kind who cannot resist making things. If you really love the design, that will come across. It’s also likely you will strive to do the ‘right’ thing for the sake of doing the right thing, rather than for any polite reason. Be brave and believe in yourself!

Designers, 7 things you need to know before interviews were written by designer and Director of HAUS, Ross Grindley