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The American Institute of Architects Interview Questions

Updated Aug 30, 2016
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Speedy and organized. Went from phone screen to offer in less than a month. Met a lot of people on staff during the interview process that I later learned weren't in supervisory roles but it was good to see who else was on the team.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects (Washington, DC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Straightforward. I was contacted a few days after applying and asked to submit a preliminary questionnaire. I then had an interview with the hiring manager, followed by an interview with the director of the division about a week after that. It took about three weeks to find out I didn't get the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in this position? What experience do you bring from your previous positions?   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I met with HR first and then met with the two managing directors to whom I would report. I was informed within a week that I would be hired on as a temporary employee with the option to be hired on full time within 2-3 months. I was offered an official letter of employment after my first week of working, but sadly still needed to wait out the 2-3 month period as a temp employee. It was frustrating to have to wait close to 4 months for health insurance and other benefits.

    Interview Questions

    • As this was my first interview, everything seemed difficult. But in hindsight, both managers asked pretty standard fair interview questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    My first job, so I didn't have any concept of negotiating.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects in June 2013.

    Interview

    I had an experience that was similar to another person’s post about this organization; and I suspect it was with the same HR individual. When I applied for a position, I was sent a detailed 10-point series of questions to answer that were highly detailed and seemed best suited for an interview or discussion rather than a preliminary test of qualifications.
    Nevertheless, I completed it and sent it back to the HR contact. A few days later, I got a message saying she wanted to set up a time to talk. I sent back a reply saying I would be glad to talk with her, but could she at least advise me of some additional details before we spoke so I could get a better sense of the position. Her response? “We can discuss that when we talk.” (So, I guess it’s okay for the company to grill prospects but not for prospects to ask 4-5 questions about the position?)

    Cut to the chase: When I called, the woman was very terse and said that she would not discuss salary at this stage – I wanted to know so I could determine whether it was worth our time going forward with the entire process – and then asked if the company was interviewing internal as well as external candidates. She replied, “That is not relevant. We are looking at all candidates.” (Translation: Yes.) She went on to say that they have been trying to fill this position since November of last year, which I took to be another bad sign since I couldn’t believe in this job market with so many people desperate for work that they hadn’t been able to find someone in 8 months’ time. I told her that if they were considering internal candidates that I did not wish to proceed because it’s been my experience that internal candidates always have the edge and it’s normally not worth the time and effort to apply if that was the situation. She became irritated and said, “I did not say we were looking at internal candidates. I said, we are looking at all candidates.” I then told her if she could not answer me directly that it was not worth going ahead with the process. “Is that your decision to withdraw then?” she asked. I said yes, thanked her for her time, and hung up.

    My advice: Stay away from any place that has an HR reputation as bad as this place. If this is reflective of the management at the organization and the kind of front-line impression they wish to give candidates, there are probably better places to work.

    Interview Questions

    • Please provide example(s) where you’ve had to reign in overly ambitious participants, without limiting the scope of discussion.   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects (Washington, DC) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Call with HR manager, then in-person with would-be supervisor. The process did not take very long but there was a delay due to travel schedules. All things considered, it was an easy and seamless experience, with no surprises or any very difficult questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Chapter Relations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects (Washington, DC) in May 2011.

    Interview

    I arrived for an interview for a Manager-level position, and arrived about 20 minutes early. To pass the time, I began making conversation with the security officer. We joked around, exchanged stories, and were interrupted by the HR Manager who'd arrived to meet me. She seemed genuinely disgusted that I was making conversation with the man, noting, "I come to work to work, not to socialize". Great omen right off the bat.

    In the elevator, I'd asked her how long she'd been at AIA, to which she replied in an even more disgusted tone, "Calm down. We'll get to that in the interview". Calm down? Since when is energy and enthusiasm a bad thing for an interview?

    The people I met in the department itself were considerably more pleasant. I've never seen such a nasty tone set by an interviewer, and was stunned to see how such a reputable organization treats people who take time to interview with them.

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at The American Institute of Architects in February 2008.

    Interview

    Submitted application in response to online job opportunity listing. Initial communication with the organization is with the HR personnel, who provides a Q&A questionnaire that is job specific. This is completed first, before any discussion on background or phone interview. Upon submittal of the responses, the organization determines whether or not to proceed with 1 on 1 interviews. Although interviewed with many people, the overall decision is made by the hiring manager only, with likely little feedback from others that were included in the process. Other interviews were primarily informational.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation process. Salaries are as stated with no movement and benefits are standard. If offer is received by a candidate, it is the final.

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