In the year that I’ve been working for the state, I’ve been a member of several designer selection committees. Most of the interviews have been for renovation projects such as mechanical system upgrades, elevator modernizations, and roof replacements. The first time I sat in on an interview, the responsibility of deciding who would win the project weighed heavily on me. Being a recent designer myself, I know how important getting the next job can be. I hope the insight I’m about to share will help you on the next interview.
Before I start, one thing that designers should understand about interview committees is that not all committee members are architects or engineers. The interview committee is usually composed of the project manager (like me), a construction manager, and a representative from the school that uses the building such as School of Medicine or the Music Department, so at least one person on the team is not familiar with architectural or engineering terms. The committee is called the CIP (Capital Improvement Project) team. Continue reading