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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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How to Answer
The interviewer hopes to hear that you will stay with the company long-term.

Simply share that you see yourself working at this company in five years! Express that you hope you will find a company that you love working for and will stay in for many years to come. If the company offers a promotional track for Interior Designers, such as management, you may even mention that you hope to receive a promotion at the company within 10 years!
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The interviewer hopes to hear that you will stay with the company long-term.

Simply share that you see yourself working at this company in five years! Express that you hope you will find a company that you love working for and will stay in for many years to come. If the company offers a promotional track for Interior Designers, such as management, you may even mention that you hope to receive a promotion at the company within 10 years!
Anonymous Answer
"Well, I’m really excited by this opportunity to work for this design firm because, in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the design field, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to learn from the experts in interior design and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a company that has allowed me to grow in my skillsets for communications, and so I'm really excited to take those skills that I have learned and use it for this position."
Rachelle's Answer
You have a great vision for yourself and your career! Be aware of the number of times you use 'really excited' and try to work on expanding your descriptive words so that your interview responses do not come across as repetitive. I have provided an example below.
"In five years, I want to be seen as a design professional with deep expertise in (choose one or two specific design topics). I am eager to learn from the experts at (company name), eventually taking the lead on interior design projects."
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Anonymous Answer
"Well, I’m really excited by this opportunity to work for this design firm because, in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the design field, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to learn from the experts in interior design and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a company that has allowed me to grow in my skillsets for communications, and so I'm really excited to take those skills that I have learned and use it for this position."
Rachelle's Answer
You have a great vision for yourself and your career! Be aware of the number of times you use 'really excited' and try to work on expanding your descriptive words so that your interview responses do not come across as repetitive. I have provided an example below.
"In five years, I want to be seen as a design professional with deep expertise in (choose one or two specific design topics). I am eager to learn from the experts at (company name), eventually taking the lead on interior design projects."
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Tell me about some of your past design projects from your portfolio.
The interviewer wants to hear that you enjoy being a part of a team and that you contribute to the success of the team. Start off by sharing the last time you contributed to a team effort. Discuss how you personally made efforts to contribute to the team, and be sure to mention how successful the team was! Finally, be sure to mention that you enjoy working on a team from time-to-time because your collaborative efforts often result in a fantastic outcome! It is also great to learn from other designers and building professionals to help further your career through gained expertise.
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Do you find working with teams in interior design is better or worse than working alone?
We recommend that you carefully review the job description and company website before arriving for your interview to gain an understanding of the role. This will allow you to see if the role requires working individually or in teams. When asked this question, express that you are open to working in teams or individually. If you have a strong preference for one environment over the other, be sure to mention which you prefer still sharing that you will happily work in either environment on a day-to-day basis.
Anonymous Answer
"I am very open to both and believe both have benefits. Working in teams increases collaboration and allows for brainstorming. I created some of my favorite designs by bouncing my ideas off with my coworkers, and it also helped me to really visualize what the end design would be. Often in the design field, you're faced with issues that need creative problem-solving. Working with someone more experienced or that has seen the same issue in the past, it gives the opportunity for learning from one another."
Rachelle's Answer
Excellent! Again, I recommend working on brevity. Try also adding in that you are capable of independent work. I have provided an example below.
"Independent and group work each have their benefits. Working in teams increases collaboration and allows for brainstorming. I created some of my favorite designs by bouncing ideas off my coworkers. This collaboration helped me to visualize what the end design would be. Often in the design field, I am faced with issues that need creative problem-solving. Working with someone more experienced allows me to learn and grow. With that said, I am capable of independent work and self-led learning."
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Tell me about your ideal job.
There are many factors to consider here. Where are you working? Are you designing for homes or a commercial setting? Would you like to travel? Who are your clients? What hours are you working? Do you have free reign, or is there customer input? Share your details of the perfect job! Be sure to express that you will happily work as an Interior Designer in any setting, but if you could design the perfect situation, this is what it would look like. For example, you might share, "My dream job would be doing the interior design for a luxury hotel in Dubai! I would love to travel to Dubai exploring the culture and designing an exquisite stay experience for guests! Of course, this is my dream, and I look forward to all of the design experiences that I am offered in my career. Someday, I will achieve my dream! For now, gaining experience is my hope!"
Rachelle's Answer
"My dream job would be doing the interior design for a luxury hotel in Dubai! I would love to travel to Dubai exploring the culture and designing an exquisite stay experience for guests! Of course, this is my dream, and I look forward to all of the design experiences that I am offered in my career. Someday, I will achieve my dream! For now, gaining experience is my hope!"
Anonymous Answer
"My dream job would be doing the interior design for clients that have homes abroad to allow me to travel while working. Two things I love the most! I would love exploring the culture and gain inspiration from my travels! Of course, this is my dream, and I look forward to all of the design experiences that I am offered in my career. Someday, I will achieve my dream! For now, gaining experience is my hope!"
Rachelle's Answer
Your goals are very exciting! I recommend wording this a bit differently so that it doesn't seem that this role is an 'until I get what I really want' type of opportunity. I have offered a slight revision, below.
"My two passions are design and travel! My dream career would include the opportunity to gain design inspiration from other cultures. I look forward to the design experiences offered by (company name) and working with your diverse client base."
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Anonymous Answer
"My ideal job would be to design spaces that truly make an impact on people's daily lives; Spaces that are visually pleasing and practical that support and enhance their daily routine. Nothing would make me happy than to work as an interior designer, day in and day out. Specifically, I would like to design residential homes for the public, but for now, gaining experience and developing my skills is my main goal."
Rachelle's Answer
Good revision! These added specifics will help the interviewer to picture your ideal career path.
"My ideal job would be to design spaces that truly make an impact on people's daily lives. Spaces that are visually pleasing and practical that support and enhance their daily routine. Nothing would make me happier than to work as an interior designer, day in and day out. Specifically, I would like to design residential homes for the public, but for now, gaining broader experience and developing my foundational design skills is my main goal."
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5.
What makes your style unique?
Talking about ourselves in this way can be challenging. We recommend reaching out to a few colleagues, family members, and friends. Ask them for their opinion. You'll probably be surprised at the consistency in their responses! Their answers will give you insight into how to answer this question. Tell the interviewer what sets you apart, and explain how your co-workers, family members, and friends have encouraged you with your gift in this area.
Anonymous Answer
"I'm often told my style is classic and timeless, but I love how you can continue to discover your own style. But I would have to say I go for the more traditional design because I love creating a sense of coziness. The rooms have plenty of accessories, family pieces, and things I've discovered from traveling."
Rachelle's Answer
You do a very nice job describing your style, which will allow the interviewer to feel your passion for design.
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