Possible Interview Questions for Interior Designers

About your portfolio:

  • What do you think is the most unique thing in your portfolio?
  • What did you learn as a result of doing this project?
  • What shows your technical proficiency best in your portfolio?
  • Why was it important to include this project in your portfolio?

Design process:

Can you describe the design process you went through to complete this design?

As a Student:

  • Were you a student member of any professional design organizations?
  • What was the hardest subject for you in school – in design?
  • Would you describe yourself as more design-oriented or more technical-oriented?
  • We’ve all had times when we just couldn’t get everything done on time. Describe a time when this happened to you and why?
  • Did you ever work in teams on a project? How was that?
  • Tell me a situation in which you had to work with a difficult personality – how did you handle it?
  • Why did you select the college or school you attended?
  • Did you have any leadership experience in college?
  • How do you think your colleagues in your major would describe you?
  • Did you find it comfortable to work in the classroom studio?


  • Give me an example of an important goal you set for yourself and tell me about your progress in reaching that goal.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Describe what you would consider to be the perfect job.
  • How long do you think it will take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Evaluating Alternatives:

  • Tell me about a recent experience in which your point of view different from others. How did you handle it?
  • Who are the most difficult people to listen to? Why?
  • What would you do if the client vetoed every single design idea you presented at the final presentation?

Recognizing Problems:

  • Tell me about a particularly difficult or unusual problem you encountered in your schooling? How did you address this problem?
  • What was the hardest thing about going to school and completing this program?

Analyzing Problems on the job (If person has an employment history)

  • What kinds of improvements did you make to your position in your last job?
  • Describe the most creative work-related project you have completed?
  • Tell me about a job experience in which you had to speak up to tell others what you thought or felt?

Do you have any questions for me?