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Design Consultant Interview Questions

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How do you handle stressful situations, such as collaborating with uncooperative architects or tradespeople?

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    How do you handle stressful situations, such as collaborating with uncooperative architects or tradespeople?

  2. 2.

    How well do you collaborate with others when it comes to design, style, and project vision?

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    Tell me about a time when your design idea clashed with the vision of your client or a team member.

  4. 4.

    Tell me about your design-related education.

  5. 5.

    What do you know about sustainable design?

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    How do you market yourself as a Design Consultant? What is your 'elevator pitch' with potential clients?

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    How do you build rapport with your clients?

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    What resources or publications do you lean on to keep current with design trends?

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    Describe a successful team-based design project. What was your role within the team, and how did you contribute to the projects' success?

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    What kind of discovery questions do you ask your clients before beginning a new project?

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    When it comes to project collaboration versus working independently, what is your preference, and why?

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    Tell me about a time when a client was upset with a design choice you made. How did you handle the situation?

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    When did you realize you wanted to be a Design Consultant? What initially sparked your passion for design?

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    Do you consider yourself someone direct and forthright with others?

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    Have you ever received a negative review from a client?

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    Tell me about a time that you failed. How did you get back up again?

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    What tech and tools do you use to support your design process?

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    Tell me about your ideal design project. If you could conceptualize anything from start to finish, what would it be?

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    Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult client. How did you approach communicating with this client?

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    If we hire you as our Design Consultant, how will you make a positive contribution to our design firm?

  21. 21.

    Do you prefer functionality or appeal? Support your preference.

  22. 22.

    How do you gain buy-in from your client when presenting a design concept?

  23. 23.

    Talk about your career goals as a Design Consultant and why this job is right for you at this time in your career.

  24. 24.

    Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.

  25. 25.

    Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

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    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

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    Looking at your design portfolio, which project makes you most proud, and why?

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    What type of projects would you like to be involved in, to expand your design portfolio?

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    Do you work well under pressure? Give me an example of a time when you succeeded under immense pressure.

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    Tell me about a design project that did not turn out as expected. What were the contributing factors, and how did you ensure a positive result?