Are you actively looking for career opportunities? Are you nervous about the whole process? Then you should consider doing informational job interviews. There are many benefits in doing so. A lot of young inexperienced and experienced architects partake in informational job interviews so that they increase their chances of being considered for a position. This is an opportunity that many haven’t taken advantage of. This strategy can be used to get more information from a firm that you are interested in and help you gain more confidence in the process. It is normal for you to be nervous in an interview, it happens to the best of us! The more interviews that you do, there more you get used to talking about your work and presenting yourself as a designer. It also gives you a great platform to build your professional network. Sometimes the firm that you are interested in may not be hiring at that moment but if you present yourself and your work, whenever an opportunity rises you might be in their minds when they are considering their next hire. If you have doubts about how to do this, make sure to reach out to our team at Architect-US. You can also take a look at some of the different posts we have in our Job Application Tips section in our blog.
Doing this also demonstrates your proactivity and your willingness to do whatever it takes to get the position of your dreams. Reaching out to firms to learn more about them will help you in your future endeavors and career decisions as a designer. It highlights your passion for the industry and also shows that you are taking your career seriously. The more you know about the industry and what firms are looking for in candidates will help you make wise and informed decisions about the position you are looking for and what you can expect to gain from the different options that will be presented to you along the way. It is important that you learn what firms want and need when they are reviewing candidates. It will help you tailor your portfolio, CV, and the way that you will present yourself to them. Showing assertiveness in your work and practicing your communication skills will be a tremendous skill that you will polish along the way and will potentially be your most powerful tool in your application and interview process. Take the time to think about potential connections that you may have with different firms and try asking fellow peers or professors if they are willing to make an introduction. With all of this in mind, remember to have questions prepared that will incite a conversation and that show your vision and your future as a designer.