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What do you enjoy the most about being a drafter?

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  1. 1.

    What do you enjoy the most about being a drafter?

      Talk to the hiring manager about the most enjoyable aspects of this career. What do you like the most, and why?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  2. 2.

    What motivates you to work hard?

      It is important for the hiring manager to understand how they can motivate you on the job. Talk about how you are motivated on the job, and what keeps you focused on the task at hand.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a very strong work ethic and was raised to be a hard, and present, worker. What motivates me to work hard is my desire to be seen as a reliable and valuable member of the team."

  3. 3.

    If I saw your home office right now, what would it look like?

      Are you tidy and organized? Do you work in chaos? Tell the hiring manager about the state of your office, and be truthful! You can keep this answer a bit lighthearted.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a little bit untidy when it comes to extra pens and perhaps yesterday's coffee mug sitting on my desk. However - I will say that I am highly organized and able to recall where everything is, in an instant."

  4. 4.

    If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?

      If given the opportunity, where would you make changes? This is an opportunity to share insights with the hiring manager on what you feel would be a valuable change in your current organization. Be careful not to complain or speak poorly of your current company.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My current company has been very good to me and there is very little that I would change. If given the chance, the one thing that I would suggest to them is that they upgrade their operating systems to allow CAD drafters access to their work from remote locations. Currently, there are no programs accessible on a shared drive."

  5. 5.

    Tell me about your biggest mistake during a draft. How did you correct it?

      Talk to the hiring manager about a mistake that you have made in drafting. Focus more on what your process was to correct the error. The hiring manager wants to understand how you react to errors and how you react to the reality of them.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "During a recent project I somehow made the error of deleting important work from our company's primary drafting program. It was hours worth of work that was potentially lost. First, I went to my manager with the error. She was able to contact the correct IT admin and we were able to have the issue resolved. Mistakes in the workplace do happen and I feel that it is really important to not panic when they do. Most things can be fixed!"

  6. 6.

    Can you do layouts on your own?

      Briefly walk the interviewer through your process of creating a layout in AutoCAD. Talk to the hiring manager about your level of comfortability in doing so.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can absolutely do layouts on my own. I am an expert level user in AutoCAD and am able to teach these skills to your junior drafters as well."

  7. 7.

    When did you discover your specialty? Why did you choose this area of drafting?

      Talk to the hiring manager about your specialty, and how you came to that decision or discovery.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "While attending University, I was able to learn three main areas of drafting: Architectural, Civil and Mechanical. It was in my first position outside of University where I focused mainly on Architectural drafting and decided to stick with that speciality."

  8. 8.

    What design did you have the most difficult time with? What made it difficult?

      Take a few minutes to discuss the most difficult or complicated design you have had to create in your career as a CAD Drafter. This will allow the hiring manager to understand if you can handle projects of their magnitude.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most complicated design that I have worked on was a project for XYZ. I had to perform a lot of research on particular engineering functions but in the end, was very excited about the new knowledge that I gained in the process."

  9. 9.

    Do you enjoy collaborating with others?

      Would you rather work in a collaborative, team based environment, or independently? Talk to the hiring manager about your experience collaborating with others.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  10. 10.

    Do you plan on continuing your education as a drafter?

      Talk to the hiring manager about your future education goals. What do you hope to achieve in the future?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  11. 11.

    We are looking for drafters that are prepared to handle more duties. How have you advanced beyond simply doing CAD Drafts?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  12. 12.

    When have you had a dispute with an engineer? What was the disagreement, and how did you two resolve the issue?

      From time to time, you will come across a co-worker that you do not see eye to eye with. Give the hiring manager an example of a time when yourself and an engineer did not agree on a situation. Be sure to give a situation that is not too serious as you want to avoid negativity in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Last week I disagreed with an engineer on my team over a particular aspect of one of our designs. We had a meeting with our manager to help resolve the concern surrounding how to proceed. It was all very civil, and we simply needed another set of eyes on the issue."

  13. 13.

    Do you enjoy working with other drafters, and sharing work, when needed?

      Talk to the interviewer about your experience in sharing work with other drafters. What are the positive aspects of collaborating with others? You will want to avoid talking about what you do not like. Focus on the aspects of teamwork that you do enjoy.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am able to work with other drafters and share projects whenever it is required of me. Currently, our team of CAD Drafters share the workload, and I find it really helpful to be able to bounce ideas off of other talented drafters who understand the project as well."

  14. 14.

    Our drafters must know this industry very well, how have you gained experience and insight into this industry?

      Do you read any blogs, magazines, or industry related literature? Talk to the hiring manager about your level of knowledge in the company's area of expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that your industry expertise is in architectural and civil engineering. I have gained this type of industry expertise through reading related blogs and magazines such as ABC and XYZ."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about your education. What was your favorite course and why?

      Walk the hiring manager through your post-secondary experience. Talk about your favorite course work, and be sure to mention any awards or special recognition that you received.

      Rachelle's Answer

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  16. 16.

    What are your short- term career goals?

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  17. 17.

    What makes you a better drafter than the next person?

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  18. 18.

    How do you stay focused on your work throughout the day?

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  19. 19.

    What are you passionate about, outside of this career?

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  20. 20.

    Why did you go to technical school to be a drafter?

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  21. 21.

    Would you consider yourself more creative, or technical minded?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me about the most complicated schematic drawing you have had to create.

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  23. 23.

    What area of drafting are you most interested in - Architectural, Civil or Mechanical?

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