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1. How have you incorporated public transportation into your past designs?
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1. How have you incorporated public transportation into your past designs?

Best Answer

I am a pro-Transit Oriented Development. And in my previous designs, I have integrated various modes of transport for eg. Train for inter city movements and bus for intracity movements.

2.

I believe in the notion of sharing the roads and making the road for all types of people. In my plans I give equal important to different modes of transportation including automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

3.

Bike racks, trail connections, park and ride, kiss and ride parking lots.

4.

Indirectly. I was part of a team of classmates that conducted a SWOT analysis a public transportation location.

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2. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Top Answer

Remembering dates, numbers and names. Rehearsing data when discussing topics and issues through verbalizing the specific data.

Second Best

My greatest weakness is sometimes putting too much attention to detail. How I fix it is by making sure I look at the bigger picture as well as all the details because sometimes there are too many details that are irrelevant and could lead to wasting time.

3.

Confidence in public speaking.....

4.

My greatest weakness would be a tendency to second guess decisions I have made. I am trying to correct this through reminding myself that I have considered all options, and the pros and cons of each, before a decision is made.

5.

Too focus on details. Look at big picture.

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3. Why should we hire you?

Top Answer

I believe I can make a positive impact to making our environment better and am also a very dedicated and hard working individual.

Second Best

You should hire me because I am pro-active, self-starter, research-oriented and creative to work on various planning projects with a holistic approach and I will be an asset to this prestigious organization.

3.

I have a willingness to learn, quick adaptability and have demonstrated ability to perform under deadlines and responses to the public with composure and professionalism. Like to make a difference in the community I live in.

4.

I believe I can be a valuable team member. I am very driven and hardworking. I am a quick learner and think that I can help take some stress off of the team.

5.

Well I have the experience, knoledge, and trust of the organization,

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4. Why is urban planning important to you?

Top Answer

Urban Planning is all about creating healthy and livable communities.

Second Best

Drives towards building better communities, more over it enhances the built environment through socioeconomic developments. Creates the opportunity to shape a connected, organized and productive communities.

3.

it put different types of urban land use in order so that the available land (scarce resource) of space is effectively utilized for both short- to long- term run. it is important to intergrate three pilars of sustainable development which are social, economic and environmental aspect of the area, which means that proper urban planning promote for the urban areas which are socially, economically and environmentally just.

4.

Urban and Regional consist of several field of studies which give and individual a wide range of knowledge. In addition, it is a field in which you are part of the development of something that will perhaps influence peoples lives hope fully in a positive manner. The end results are exciting sometime unknown.

5.

It is my passion since i was a child, and my ambition is to make a great building to people livi in it.

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5. Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Urban and Regional Planner?

Top Answer

My education was very valuable and I was lucky to have professors how had knowledge of all the specialties and areas of planning. Everyone of my professors emphasized the importance of comprehensive planning making sure one accounts for all the elements of planning without leaving any out and ensuring adequate public participation in the planning process. The plans we write has effects on everybody within the city some more than others. But it is important to not leave out important stakeholders or the public in the process.

Second Best

The subject content of the various subjects has ensured that the theoretical element of being a planner is embedded within me. This will include the understanding of various legislation plans ad strategies. However, the real lessons are those which came in respecting set deadlines, working in groups to produce a product and overcome issues as well as understanding that handwork is imperative to the final outcome of a product.

3.

My education provided me with the theoretical and practical tools to enter into the modern planning world. In this, I not only learnt how to work on large projects alone, but also to work efficiently with large groups. As well, it equipped me with the knowledge of what the best practices are in numerous fields, from economics to environmental management. Along with this, I was also taught facilitation techniques, including how to construct a community engagement session and how to determine which method of community consulation should be used in each situation. Allowing me to better work with a community.

4.

I graduated from the Bachelor of urban planning. During that time, I learnt about the importance of planning, the role of the government, planning principles, expose to urban issues, wrote essays that helped improve writing skills. Prepare for real life planning.

5.

My education has prepared me because it has given the foundation of skills ill need to be successful in the field.

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6. Tell me about a project you studied in college that impressed you the most.

Top Answer

carried out a study on the cost benefit anaysis on the public projects in order to deternime the feasibilty of publicly funded projects and the impacts such projects usually have on the communities. The project was very interesting to undertake yet challenging

Second Best

A budget analysis of the expenditures for the City of Pensacola for a ten year period. The analysis compared the Annual Budgets to the Annual Budget Report at the end of the year. The most interesting result was how the Annual Budget was a political tool and the Annual Budget Report identified the actual city priorities or lack thereof.

3.

Well I studied in nigeria so technically am not impressed by any project so far.

4.

I studied about an Aerotropolis which is a city designed based on an airport. I have been very passionate throughout various design stages to make the city a sustainable one in every aspect.

5.

Delevoe Park, Florida. Neighborhood revitalization plan.

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7. What projects have you worked on in the past?

Top Answer

I have spent 30 years in the planning field. During that time I have been fortunate enough to either be directly responsible for or worked on a team in many areas. Projects which include: 30 Capital Improvements Programs, The Comprehensive Plan, Countywide Local Mitigation Strategy, Citizen Needs Surveys, The local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan aka the Hurricane and Disaster Plan.

Second Best

Ive worked on various projects which have required various engagement with various stakeholders. The 2 that stand out for me is the management of the Youth Jobs in waste in programmes which includes the deliverable of site office and weigh pads. The second was the drawing up of a risk management policy for the company which I work.

3.

Master planning of a district and local planning areas. Help to administer the land use plans.

4.

I did the project concening the preparation of diofferent district master plan and city master plan.

5.

Route I-81 through the greater syracuse area.

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8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Best Answer

I read and research on what is happening in the world, in the country I live in.

2.

I get my insipiration thoght rerading and research.

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9. What is most important to you, something quick and flashy, or something that is timeless?

Best Answer

Things that bring the most joy to ones face is seeing they product come to life so something timeless is more important. Spatial planning is exactly that a depiction of plans a policies in which development is required to take place. One that has an impact on the populace it will forever be important to everyone as well.

2.

If I have to choose, timeless as with changes, it will stand the test of time, example a design. But quick and flashy is usually iconic and has its purpose.

3.

Something quick and flashy.

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10. What would you begin to change about our community if you were given full access for planning today.

Top Answer

Aesthetics, accessibility and overall safety of the community physically.

Second Best

If I had a change to change my community I would make it a highly walkable area with access to public space.

3.

The spatial fragmentation of communities. This could be achieved through infill development and using economic nodes to give access to services.

4.

I would curb urban sprawl and formulate policies that increase intensification. Provide transport infrastructure to areas lacking as this will help with accessibility and equity. I will encourage public transport use.

5.

I will make sure that nmajority of the community would be able to access different sevices.

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11. Tell me about your portfolio. What do you like about it? What would you change?

Best Answer

I am aspiring to be an urban planner, which is mainly to make our environment a better living state, I would like to further my education to broaden my knowledge in doing so.

2.

I have got a portfolio of Architectural design projects as well as public policy projects. I would like to do more Development Plans as well as Town Planning Schemes.

3.

Apart from urban and regional planning I am exiperienced in project planning, archictectaral design, public policies.

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12. What do you believe makes a happy community?

Best Answer

Aesthetics, healthy and easy accessibility within a community increases social interrelationships which in turn creates sense of well being thus increasing happiness.

2.

I believe that people should have access to services, infrastructure as housing. Be able to obtain basic needs - clean water, fresh air, job opportunity. Have a sense of belonging and community.

3.

Full acess of social services.

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13. What cities have you studied that impressed you the most?

Top Answer

Baroda city, the city deais with the all aspect coveriong socially econamically all the aspects.

Second Best

Tokyo. It is a metropolis city and from my experience has an excellent balance of creating areas where people can work, play and live or alternatively their transport network is unlike anything I have seen and is a very well connected city.

3.

Pompano Beach, Florida. Integrating grey water redistribution network.

4.

Rome - road layout that forms the skeleton of land use. Melbourne - strong emphasis to conserve and preserve important and historical sites and reserves.

5.

Njombe town and iringa municipality.

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14. Have you studied a poorly planned city project? Tell me about it and what went wrong.

Best Answer

The city of Miami and a lack of Transit Oriented Development. The south Florida region relies heavily on personal vehicles and does not have a robust public transit system to ease congested highways and streets.

2.

I studied a poorly planned city that was magaoni and mabatin on mbeya city that was poorly planned and I wanted to upgrage that seltlement but the communinty did not show their participartion.

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15. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Best Answer

City planner in a large city or city management work.

2.

I see myself as a knowledgeable project manager and team leader in this organization in five years.

3.

I am hoping to be doing policy work, have lots more experience in the area of strategic planning.

4.

Urban planner in a great city.

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16. What civic organizations do you belong to?

Best Answer

American Red Cross, DPZ-DCC softball team, trivia team.

2.

American Panning Association Urban Planning Association.

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17. How would your former employer describe you?

Best Answer

Knowledgeable, easy to like, and having well rounded experience.

2.

Responsible, diligent, result oriented, creative and passionate.

3.

Responsible when given a task, communicative, analytical, able to deal with stress.

4.

Knoweldgable, full participated in group work.

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18. How are your communication skills?

Best Answer

Excellent. I enjoy public speaking and always respond to communications as fast as possible.

2.

Use visuals to present to a board daily emails memorandums.

3.

I will say I am good both in written and verbal.

4.

Confidence in public speaking, good in written and speaking.

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19. Describe a time where you worked well under pressure.

Best Answer

That will be during my final year project dissertation and studio design work, there was limited time due to circumstances in my country as at the time.

2.

Chairperson for a critical business/ project management meeting was called away due to a family emergency. I was tasked with conducting the meeting and coordinating the efforts of each discipline involved.

3.

Tender project, time pressures, internal pressures. I take time to analyse the scope of the task, realistic about constraints. Communicate with bosses about the deliverables, how to go about undertaking task and execute it as fast and well.

4.

During the final year where my dessertation surpevisor desagree with me most of the time but I did well in my last presentaion.

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20. How well do you know this market?

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21. Are you a detail oriented person?

Best Answer

Yes I am, I believe in order to show what an individual is capable of one has to be detail oriented.

2.

Yes I can be but not forgeting why I am doing certain things.

3.

Yes most ofd the time I used to concentrate in a big things so as to undestand each detait that found within it.

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22. What do you know about our company?

Best Answer

Public sector, completes development review, analysis and makes recommendations to public boards on cases that do not meet the requirements outlined in the zoning ordinance.

2.

It was established in 1968. Comprises 5 counties (Marshall, Limestone, Madison, De Kalb, Morgan)

3.

Authority to undertake the long term planning, facilitate development, sell land, prepare infrastructure etc.

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23. What area in this city do you believe has the most potential?

Best Answer

The peripheral area has got so much potential as it is emerging as a counter-magnet of this city. I strongly believe that in terms of quality of life, that part is better off.

2.

The areas that have not yet developed and most it found in the periopherly.

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24. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Urban and Regional Planner?

Best Answer

I am resourceful. I like being able to find out as much as possible about a topic given. Speak to the right people. Ask the right questions. Work with people well as I believe in sharing knowledge.

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25. Why are you the best candidate for us?

Best Answer

I am qualified, having the necessary skills and experience that would make me an asset to this organization.

2.

I am motivation, passionate about strategic planning, feel strongly about being part of the team to shape the city. I am resourceful, analytical, have good written and verbal skills. Able to adapt in situations. Diligent and able to work independently as well as a team. Being a formal staff member, I have established relationships with people and that can help me in the work.

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