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Top 20 CAD Drafter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 23
What motivates you to work hard?
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Question 2 of 23
We are looking for drafters that are prepared to handle more duties. How have you advanced beyond simply doing CAD Drafts?
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Aside from your general duties as a CAD Drafter, what type of tasks are you responsible for that reflect a more senior level sense of responsibility? Share with the hiring manager any additional responsibilities that you have been given in your current, or most recent, role.

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"Currently I am responsible for mentoring my own junior CAD drafter. My current company puts a large emphasis on mentorship and it was a huge compliment to me when I was asked to be a mentor to someone newer to their career. This is because I have a higher than average level of knowledge in regards to our systems, and projects."
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Question 3 of 23
Do you plan on continuing your education as a drafter?
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Talk to the hiring manager about your future education goals. What do you hope to achieve in the future?

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"I would be happy to upgrade my associates degree into a degree in urban planning. Of course, this would have to be in the form of evening and weekend courses, as I would need to continue to work full time."
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"I am happy with what I gained in my post-secondary experience. At this time, attending college again is not a priority. I would absolutely be open to attending additional courses and certificate programs related to my career."
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Question 4 of 23
What do you enjoy the most about being a drafter?
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Talk to the hiring manager about the most enjoyable aspects of this career. What do you like the most, and why?

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"I find my career as a CAD drafter to be very rewarding. What I enjoy most is that I am able to work on such a large variety of projects within both architectural and civil engineering. My skills over the years have become vast and there is always more to learn."
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Question 5 of 23
Do you enjoy collaborating with others?
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Would you rather work in a collaborative, team based environment, or independently? Talk to the hiring manager about your experience collaborating with others.

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"I really do enjoy collaborating with others. I can always learn something from another team member and am able to give input as well. I find it very rewarding."
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Question 6 of 23
What design did you have the most difficult time with? What made it difficult?
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Question 7 of 23
Do you enjoy working with other drafters, and sharing work, when needed?
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Question 8 of 23
When have you had a dispute with an engineer? What was the disagreement, and how did you two resolve the issue?
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Question 9 of 23
When did you discover your specialty? Why did you choose this area of drafting?
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Question 10 of 23
If I saw your home office right now, what would it look like?
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Question 11 of 23
Our drafters must know this industry very well, how have you gained experience and insight into this industry?
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Question 12 of 23
If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?
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Question 13 of 23
Tell me about your education. What was your favorite course and why?
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Question 14 of 23
What are your short- term career goals?
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Question 15 of 23
What makes you a better drafter than the next person?
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Question 16 of 23
Tell me about your biggest mistake during a draft. How did you correct it?
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Question 17 of 23
What are you passionate about, outside of this career?
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Question 18 of 23
How do you stay focused on your work throughout the day?
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Question 19 of 23
Can you do layouts on your own?
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Question 20 of 23
Why did you go to technical school to be a drafter?
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Question 21 of 23
Would you consider yourself more creative, or technical minded?
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Question 22 of 23
Tell me about the most complicated schematic drawing you have had to create.
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Question 23 of 23
What area of drafting are you most interested in - Architectural, Civil or Mechanical?
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About CAD Drafter

November 2nd, 2016

Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Employment of drafters is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Although drafters will continue to work on technical drawings and documents related to the design of buildings, machines, and tools, new software programs are making the work more efficient, thus requiring fewer workers. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong.

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