Architect Interview Questions

Ready to find your next innovative Architect? These sample interview questions will help you find the right candidates. Don’t forget to add questions specific to your company’s position requirements.

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Architect qualifications to look for

Architects design structures, taking into consideration physical appearance, functionality, safety, and budget. They bridge creativity and practicality, and your best architects will be out-of-the-box visionaries.

Let their portfolio be your guide when searching for your top hire. High-value architects will hold a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Architecture and professional certifications. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who have:

  • A desire to learn
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • A leadership mindset
  • The ability to innovate and adapt to changes in the industry

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Problem-solving interview questions

  • What’s your process when assigned the study or design of a structure you don’t have experience with?
  • How do you handle delays in an engineering study?
  • How do you respond to a client who wants their home to look exactly like a magazine image?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What portfolio project are you most proud of? How did it shape you as a professional? 
  • How do you weigh creativity against practicality when designing?
  • What is your experience of working with different materials like metal or wood?
  • How do you choose the materials for your projects? What do you take into consideration? 
  • Tell me about your experience with AutoCAD and 3D modeling.
  • What’s a recent development in architecture you find interesting?
  • What architecture resources do you follow?

Behavioral interview questions

  • When has an innovative idea you presented resulted in an improvement?
  • How do you manage to coordinate different parties on a construction project? 
  • Have you ever found it difficult to gather all the information needed for a study? How did you handle it? 
  • How do you get stakeholders on board with your project ideas? 
  • How do you handle pivoting in the middle of a project? 

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