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Happy faces, old and new.

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Workspace 14 Mar 2019

Career Advice: Dean D’Cruz shares insight over interviewing those who wish to work at Mozaic

At CQ, we’ve covered a gamut of design-related topics and nitty-gritties; of running a design-studio, vocations parallel to design, vocations that aid design, etc. While we don’t claim to have reached the end of all things ‘design’ (that’s impossible), CQ decided to revisit where an individual’s practice begins – to when you give that interview to land a secure and fulfilling position in an architectural firm. We spoke to architects and designers who spearhead studios on what they seek when they interview potential candidates.

CQ speaks to Dean D’Cruz, principal architect of Dean D’Cruz and Associates, Goa who is also the co-founder of Mozaic, a collaborative between different disciplines that manoeuvres beyond architecture and product design. Here’s what Dean told us candidly about first impressions and red flags at interviews. 

What skills do you look for when hiring interns, fresher architects and senior (experienced) architects?

For Interns: A compelling letter of intent (besides being near the beach in Goa) enthusiasm to learn hands-on (not being scared when thrown at the deep end) and an interesting portfolio of architectural design (not sketches of pretty faces and dramatic sunsets).

For Freshers:A commitment of 2 years (no phone calls from parents enquiring about staying back late in office or at the pub), a sense of responsibility and willingness (and not wonder why they cannot design the big resort on their own).

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Repost @mozaicdesigncentre : Finding inspiration amidst nature. Mozaic Design Centre, Goa curates discussions, talks, workshops and activities, offering a platform to various individuals, professionals and organisations from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences. Focused on the greater vision to evolve deisgn thinking, social change and well-being.

For Experienced architects: A body of built work that demonstrates experimentation (without Alucobond facades or curvilinear concrete chajjas), a history of experiences both good and bad that shaped them (and not just bad ones making them come to us as a peace  sanctuary, or “learn” architecture).

What in your opinion have been deal-breakers while interviewing a candidate?

Statements like “I need 20% more salary than what I drew at my last office”; “How far is the nearest beach/bar?”; “My Father works in the Income Tax department or Police.”

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Happy faces, old and new.

How do you gauge whether the work shown on someone’s portfolio is really the applicant’s work?

Very difficult to tell and we’ve had some real disappointments after they have joined the office. However, if they are open-minded and willing to learn, they can move beyond just cutting and folding drawings. One can pick up things the hard way too.

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Often, portfolios use the “flash” to hide mediocre work. But we see through the glossy surface and identify good design and communication skills.

Want to see Mozaic’s work or want to work at Mozaic? Head here!