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At Randstad Architecture, our team of recruitment specialists work hard to prepare you for your next career step.

Interviewing is a major part of the job seeking process. It helps you as a candidate get to know your potential future employer, whilst allowing them to ask you some vital questions before giving you the job.

To help guide you through your next interview, we spoke to Jayde Hunt, People + Culture Manager at Allen Jack + Cottier, on how to prepare and what they look in the people they hire.

Ensuring we have the right people in the right roles and on the right projects is critical to AJ+C’s success. When we recruit, we’re just as interested in getting the right cultural fit for our team, as we are in your skills and capability.

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “what type of project will I be working on?” Whilst this is important, there are other factors that I believe have greater importance and should be covered before you get to this. Here are my interview tips for getting the most out of the experience.

1. understand who we are

This may sound obvious, but researching and having a thorough understanding of AJ+C’s work and our values is important. We’re an award-winning practice working across a variety of disciplines and market sectors, so we want to know exactly what has attracted you to us.

2. have self-awareness

Know your strengths, but also be able to identify one or two areas that you are actively trying to improve. Try to be specific with the type of work you want to do and what you’re looking for in your next role. This not only helps you, but also ensures we’re matching your skills with the right projects, teams and support to ensure you succeed.

3. show your commitment to learning and teaching others

We love nothing more than someone who is proactive with their own professional development,, so describe examples of when you’ve effectively worked with others to achieve a great design outcome.   We also value teamwork and collaboration so talk to us about how you’ve shared your knowledge to develop the skills of others. AJ+C are always looking to leverage our diverse and inclusive workforce to ensure you’re getting the most out of  work..

4. demonstrate your capability through your work

We want you to prove your more than capable for the role. We’re keen to hear what’s been your greatest achievement? What was your role in the team? What was the most challenging project you’ve worked on and why? Crucially, we love someone who learns from their mistakes, so take us through how would you do things differently next time?

5. we want to get to know YOU

It’s not all about work, we want to understand your values, aspirations and what you get up to outside of the office. Once we get a better picture of who you are, we can help you fit into our team with ease. We put a high emphasis on culture at Allen Jack + Cottier and all our people bring something to the mix to help build the great environment we work in. 

Ensuring you are asking the right questions to understand the workplace culture is critical. We believe there is a role and company for everyone. At AJ+C we aim to align our values of collaboration, respect, teamwork, accountability and integrity to find the right fit for our company and to assist you in achieving your career aspirations.