Hiring Advice
Several green architecture firms have provided tips for filling green jobs. (Image from http://www.dayspamagazine.com/article/spa-management-green-centric-hiring-practices)

Architecture Firm’s Hiring Advice

Green Job: Architecture Firm Hiring Advice

Whether you’re new or have been in the sustainability business for a while, finding the perfect candidate for your green job is a challenge. It helps if you know what you’re looking for in a new hire going into the interview, rather than just hoping for the candidate to blow you away. Remember, as the interviewer, you have to be prepared as well to make sure both of your expectations will be met.

Take a look below to see what a few companies had to say about what they look for during the hiring process and see if you can apply any to your own.

Green Job Candidates’ Ideas

When architecture firm HOK looks at a potential hire, they seek out candidates with a broad knowledge of and passion for sustainability. Unique project experience and an interest in making a difference also helps.

“We look for people with fresh ideas that challenge existing assumptions and who want to help us transform the built environment in order to help our clients succeed,” said director of design, Todd Halamka, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “We look for candidates who bring a range of skills, from conceptualization, to research, design and documentation, to building information modeling and the ability to use multimedia and emerging technologies.”

Green Job Candidates’ Lifestyles

New York-based MAPOS is the firm behind green renovation and architecture projects such as the Green Depot store on the Bowery and Amali restaurant on the Upper East Side.

“There’s nothing in [our ads] about green because it’s less “what we’re about” and more the assumed way we work, regardless of the project,” said principal, Caleb Mulvena. “We look for talented, motivated people and generally find their heads are already deep into sustainability, through their school projects and through their lifestyles. So as designers, we never have to go out of our way to find greensters, they’re everywhere!”

Green Job Candidates’ Analysis Skills

CodeGreen Solutions “greens” existing buildings across the U.S. and Canada with its team of LEED-certified professionals.

“Our ideal candidate is an intelligent, driven individual who is passionate about sustainability and eager to continue to expand their knowledge of technological, operational, and behavioral methods to improve the environmental and energy performance of complex buildings,” said managing director, Christopher Cayten. “We value critical thinking and analysis skills as well as technical experience.”

See any tidbits that could apply to you? Start working it into your interviews and screening process. When you’re ready to begin your search, don’t forget to post your green job opening to CareerBuilder to find the best candidates.

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