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One of my most popular articles to date is the “Top 5 Architecture Job Interview Questions”. It has been read hundreds of thousands of times and republished in ArchDaily. Currently it is the number one Google search result for anything related to architecture interviews.

Since that post garnered so much attention, I thought I would would try to outdo myself and add to the list of questions that are commonly asked in architect job interviews. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers, as long as you have a rough idea of your response it will sound more natural. 

See also: 7 Things You Must Bring To An Architecture Job Interview (And 5 You Shouldn’t)

Architect Job Interview Questions

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1. Why should we hire you?

This is an opportunity to highlight your strengths and skills you can bring to the office.

For example:

“I am a self motivated person that works extremely hard to meet deadlines and ensure the final product is as good as it can possibly be. There are very few cities in the US that support the type of large scale projects that match my experience, New York being one of them. I think my high rise, complex international project experience along with my LEED and BREEAM expertise would be a good fit for this new role.”

2. Why do you want to work here?

This is often more of a test to see if you have done your research on the office and if you are really interested. This is a very common question so be prepared for it. Have a few bullet points in mind that are the key reasons for you wanting to join.

These should only be positive reasons about the office, not selfish reasons such as, “I want better experience”. Don’t mention anything negative about you or your previous employer, “they were always complaining I was coming in late”.

Keep it positive about the office and how it fits with your skill set:

“I think my high rise, complex international project experience along with my LEED expertise would be a good fit for this new role. Sustainable design is very important to the mission statement of this firm, which matches my passion and recent work experience. Also the weather is much better here.”

It is okay to joke around a little too…

3. What is your greatest strength(s)?

Don’t be afraid to brag about yourself, for example:
“My time management skills are excellent and I’m organized, efficient, and take pride in my work. I am very familiar with the processes and procedures of taking large projects from conceptual design to construction administration.

I have a strong attention to detail and bring a rigorous design ethic to all the projects I work on. I am also very skilled in the use of 2D and 3D computer software for both drafting and rendering for presentation materials and detailed construction documents.”

4. What was your greatest accomplishment(s)?

This isn’t an opportunity to share your online gaming skills.

Keep it relevant to the role you are applying or use it to bring up a qualification such as:

“Completing my architecture license was my greatest accomplishment, it was the culmination of years of education, work experience and 30+ hours of exams.”

5. What things do you not enjoy doing?

This is a dangerous question. You certainly don’t want to mention something you will be expected to do nor do you want to speak poorly of your previous company.

Try to keep it somewhat vague:

“Often with a large team there can be overlaps with work, so the same work may end up being done twice. This is obviously a waste of time. So it is important that everyone on the team is communicating”

A statement like this can show your concern for the bottom line and team dynamics.

6. Who do you manage?

If this applies to your situation describe the staff that you supervise and their roles. An effective way to communicate this is to describe a “typical day” for you on how you manage others.

7. Are you LEED Accredited or planning to be?

This is becoming an increasingly asked for qualification.

I recommend anyone in the architecture profession become LEED Accredited. At best it will help your career and open doors, at worst you will learn a new skill and not look uninformed when it comes up in a meeting.

See also: The Best LEED Exam Prep Materials

8. What are your Revit / AutoCAD / Sketchup skills on a scale of 1-10?

Whatever your skill level just make sure you are honest. Many firms complain that staff say they are experts just to get their foot in the door but it soon becomes evident they don’t know the software. Offices are now conducting CAD tests to address this.

9. Are you licensed? Do you plan to be? If so, when?

Most firms like to see as large a percentage as possible of licensed staff. This can help to give clients confidence in the quality of work.

Do not complain about the cost or amount of work it takes to becoming licensed. Projecting laziness is not a desirable trait for new staff.

10. What do you like about your present job?

Try to relate it to something that would still apply to the new job. Don’t have them think, “we will never be able to provide that so she will never be happy here”.

Example response:
“I have the opportunity to work with the top architects, engineers and consultants in the world and an extremely diverse group of individuals. To learn new and exciting building techniques and methods I might not have otherwise been able.”

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11. What would your ideal job be?

A vague response is usually the best approach for a question like this. You don’t want to unintentionally describe a role that is drastically different than the role you are applying. Keep your research in mind and go off of the job description if available.

Example response:
“The important thing for me is a good team dynamic. The project team and the people and projects I interact with on a daily basis is very important for my ideal job. A challenging and at times stressful environment is when I am the most productive.”

12. What do you dislike about your present job?

Much like the “greatest weakness” question this can be a dangerous if you are not prepared. Try to think of the complete polar opposite of the firm you are applying and wrap it in the reason you are looking for a new position.

For example if you are moving from a large architecture office to a small firm:
“Due to large company size and structure decisions can take a long time to filter through the chain. That’s why I am looking to move to a smaller office where I can have more “hands on” experience and a chance to move projects along in a more timely manner.”

13. Are you happy with your career to date?

Whatever your response, the key is to stay positive.

“Yes, I am very happy with my career to date. From receiving my bachelors and masters degrees to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional and getting my Architecture license while working on a diverse portfolio of projects all over the world.”

14. How do you handle stress and pressure?

You should always address this positively. Dealing with stress in architecture is essential to meeting deadlines, dealing with clients and consultants.

Example response:
“I think when I am under stress I actually do some of my best work. I think it is important for me to make sure I have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress. For the most part I find that good stress is a great way stay motivated and productive.”

15. What are you currently earning?

This could be one of the most difficult questions asked.

As with any question, the rule is to be honest, don’t inflate your current salary to try to get more. Often firms will check with the previous office so you could be caught in a lie. Not where you want to be.

If they do ask you will need to provide a number, however you can justify it if you are earning less than you feel you are worth.

Example response:
“Although my current salary is less than the salary range of this position I believe there is good reason for the increase. While I am excited at the prospect of this position I feel would be taking on a bigger risk with this opportunity than with my position now because .”

Avoid bringing up irrelevant issues such as your personal finances or the cost of living. The firm is more than aware of the cost of living. The key is to explain what unique and valuable skills you are bringing that perhaps were overlooked at your previous employer.

16. What are your salary expectations? What’s minimum salary you’d consider right now?

As a general rule you should avoid any conversation regarding compensation until after you have the job offer.

Example response:
“I’m pretty flexible and open. I’m sure you will make me a fair offer. Also, it really depends on the value of the entire package–the job fit, benefits, 401K and bonuses, vacation. I’m not really sure at this point. I’m sure your offer will be reasonable.”

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17. Will you relocate?

Obviously is important if the firm is in another city to where you currently live.

You can even choose to get personal if you wish:

“I don’t have a spouse or children to move, so it is a very quick and easy process.”

You could inquire about the possibility of starting off telecommuting (working from a remote computer at home or out of town) while you prepare to move. Telecommuting is becoming more popular but it hasn’t been readily adopted by the architecture community.

18. Will you travel? What percent of overnight travel?

Travel is somewhat rare in an architecture office unless you are upper management. This factor is important if you have a family and don’t want to be gone all the time. Find out what the average away time is, this will help you decide if this is the place for you.

“I love flying!”

Traveling all the time may sound fun but as someone who has traveled a lot for work it can be very draining. Keep in mind that flying for vacation and work are completely different animals.

Example of a positive response:

“I have very few commitments that would prevent me from traveling for long periods of time. I am aware this may be expected and it is not a problem for me.”

19. When could you start working here?

If they don’t ask this make sure you find out when they want you to start. Have a definite date in mind that you can provide in the interview. If you are currently employed find out what your required notice period is before the interview (standard is two weeks).

I can’t emphasize this enough, you need to have an exact date ready. Don’t be flaky with this comes up.

Example response:

“I am required by my current employer to give two week’s notice. Taking that into account and given moving time, I could start on November 2nd or potentially faster if necessary.”

20. What is something NOT in your resume or portfolio?

This is a technique to get to know you a little better. Try to keep it related to architecture but try to make it fun. Like how you studied abroad or sketch churches on the weekend.

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Bonus Question: Do you have any questions?

YES, you do have questions! Check out my other post on the topic: Questions To Ask In Your Architecture Job Interview.

I hope these architect job interview questions have been helpful, good luck!

To help you with your architecture job search, I’ve created a mega-pack of free resources that includes even more sample architecture interview questions, resumes, cover letters, and an extensive collection of application documents. Click for a free download:
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Archangel Michael is one of the main Archangels and is said to be closest to God our Creator, and is the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts. He is the Archangel that is most spoken about in religious books or texts. Archangel Michael is the Archangel of protection, peace, safety, clarity and moving forward. Everyone can work with Michael, and here you’ll find out how.


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    The presence of angels is not always obvious, as they may appear as normal people in everyday situations. Sometimes they may appear in a dream that feels very real. They always appear for a reason, either to deliver a message to to assist or advise in a situation. Sometimes the message is not easily understood at first.

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    Ask and you shall receive. We all can only hope to be blessed with spiritual guidance in these times of woe and sorrow. You may see Michael in a dream or similar concept. Make sure to follow his will as he tells it to you.

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    Yes, you can just ask God. You don’t really need an angel to help you. Angels are messengers of God, but they are not God.

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    Dreams are not a good measure of what we need in reality. Divine protection comes through the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person who has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The same spiritual protection is not available for a person who rejects Christ and persists in sinful actions and motives, regardless of what angel you call on. Find out who Jesus is, then place your complete trust in Him to save you. Ephesians chapter 6 says you can conquer evil forces by wearing spiritual armor of truth, righteousness, peace, but especially faith so that you can understand God’s Word and pray in the Spirit.

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    God will help you. God is even more capable than the Archangel Michael. He is capable of anything. Also, maybe this interview isn’t part of God’s plan for you. Sometimes you will want one thing, but God knows that it isn’t right for you. He has something better. Keep praying to God! He has a plan.

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    You can’t worship angels, but you can ask them for protection. In fact, there are Catholic prayers that appeal specifically to the angels.

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  • It is especially helpful to call upon Archangel Michael when you and feeling lonely or in despair, scared or in need of courage and protection.
  • It is important to thank Archangel Michael after your affirmations, prayers, or written requests. Gratitude helps to show that we believe – then trust and let go.

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Questions and Answers to Prepare You for a Job Interview in English

Job interviews are rather stressful, aren’t they?

You have to arrive on time, appear self-confidentknowledgeable and friendly at the same time, while you may be feeling extremely nervous inside. If the interview is conducted in a foreign language, it may become even more nerve-wracking.

  • What do you do? Why would you like to work for us? Can you describe your main duties and responsibilities?

The questions keep coming and you have no time to give a well-thought-out answer.

In the following article, you will find some typical questions that may be asked during an interview, and you will also see some possible answers to help you prepare for this important occasion.

We don’t want you to worry about using correct English, do we? We want you to ace the interview!

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1. How would you describe yourself?

(Also: What are your strengths / positive traits? Why should we hire you?)

  • I consider myself hardworking / reliable / dependable / helpful / outgoing / organised / honest/ cooperative.
  • I’m a team-player / an experienced team-leader / a seasoned (experienced) professional / a dedicated worker.
  • I’m good at  dealing with people / handling stress.
  • I pay attention to details.
  • I understand my customers’ needs.
  • I learn quickly and take pride in my work.
  • I love challenges and getting the job done.

2. What kind of qualifications do you have?

  • I graduated in IT from the University of London.
  • I hold a master’s degree (MA) / a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Modern Languages from the University of New York.
  • I took a one year accounting training program at Oxford College.
  • I haven’t done any formal training for this job, but I have worked in similar positions and have ten years of experience in this field.

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3. Why did you leave your last job?

  • I was laid off / made redundant, because the company relocated / downsized / needed to cut costs
  • I resigned from my previous position, because I didn’t have enough room to grow with my employers.
  • I wanted to focus on finding a job that is nearer to home / that represents new challenges / where I can grow professionally / that helps me advance my career.

4. What do you do in your current role?

  • I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the business / for recording and conveying messages for the departments.
  • I ensure that high standard of customer care is maintained.
  • I liaise with the Business Development and Business Services Units.
  • I deal with incoming calls and correspond with clients via e-mails.
  • I’m in charge of the high-priority accounts.

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5. What relevant experience do you have?

(It might be a good idea to revise Present Perfect Simple and Continuous to talk about experiences you’ve had/ actions that you started in the past and are still in progress.)

  • I have worked as a Sales Representative for several years.
  • I have good organizational skills as I have worked as an Event Organizer / Personal Assistant for the last six years.
  • I have great people skills: I’ve been working in Customer Service and been dealing with complaints for five years.

6. Why would you like to work for us?

  • I would like to put into practice what I learned at university.
  • I would like to make use of the experience I have gained in the past ten years.
  • I believe that your company will allow me to grow both professionally and as a person.
  • I’ve always been interested in E-Commerce / Marketing / Computer Programming and your company excels (is one of the best) in this field.

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7. What are your weaknesses / negative traits?

  • I’m a perfectionist and I may be too hard on myself or my co-workers sometimes.
  • I might need to learn to be more flexible when things are not going according to plan. This is something I’m working on at the moment.
  • I occasionally focus on details instead of looking at the bigger picture. I’m learning how to focus on the overall progress as well.

8. When can you commence employment with us?

(When can you start work?)

  • I will be available for work in January, next year.
  • I can start immediately.
  • I have to give three weeks’ notice to my current employer, so the earliest I can start is the first of February.

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9. Do you have any questions?

  • What would be the first project I’d be working on if I was offered the job?
  • Who would I report to? Who would I be working closely with?
  • Are there any benefits your company offers its employees?
  • When will I get an answer? How soon can I start?

I hope you have found the above examples useful. Now it’s time to memorize the ones that you like and use them when needed. You’ll sound much more fluent this way. You can ask for help in the comment area below.

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