Interior Designer qualifications to look for
Interior designers create interior spaces that are beautiful, functional, and complement the overall aesthetic of a structure.
Interior designers collaborate with architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and builders, to determine how interior spaces will function. Interior designers must be able to read blueprints and keep up with building codes and inspection regulations.
Most interior designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software and hold a diploma or degree, plus have relative work experience. Your top candidate’s portfolio is your biggest ally, and it’s important to ask ample questions about projects and client interactions.
📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location.
Keep an eye out for candidates who have:
- A keen eye for design
- An innovative way of thinking about space
- Excellent communication skills
- Project management skills
- Organizational skills
- Attention to detail
Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.
Role-specific interview questions
- How long have you been interested in art and design?
- How do you get to know your client’s requirements?
- Do you have a preferred design style?
- What resources do you follow to keep current with industry changes?
- Share with me one of your favorite portfolio pieces. Tell me what you like about it and why it worked so well.
- Describe a work sample that involved more technical expertise.
- What did you find most challenging about your interior design course work?
- Explain your experience with AutoCad/3D Max/In-design etc.
- How do you schedule and prioritize tasks for a renovation project?
- What considerations do you take when designing a new project?
- Have you worked in sustainable design? If so, what’s your experience?
- Do you prefer functionality or appeal? What is the draw of both?
Behavioral interview questions
- How do you help clients design rooms that combine visual appeal and functionality?
- Have you ever worked with a difficult client who declined your work? How did you turn it around?
- What do you do if you fall behind schedule?
- Have you ever had to collaborate with architects or tradespeople who were difficult to work with? If so, describe your experience and how you handled it.
- What do you do if you think you’re going to exceed your budget?
- How do you motivate your team when working under pressure?