Recently, while interviewing a candidate for a solution architect role, the person asked me “What is the number one top characteristic you look for when hiring people?” I thought it was such a great question that many people would want to know the answer to, so I decided to share my response for everyone to read.
At Terra Firma, we interview many architects and most of them have reasonably good technical skills. What differentiates each person is their ability to demonstrate how they can use their skills to help clients achieve their goals and solve their problems. They need to be able to explain this in ways that can be easily understood, which requires great listening skills and empathy. We know every client is unique, which is why our communications and advice to each client is also tailored and unique.
So, coming back to the question, what we look for more than anything else in an architect is the ability to tell a story that communicates how the client can move from their current state to their aspirational future state in a way that is relevant and easily understood.
If you apply to Terra Firm as an architect then we will give you a business scenario that includes some common issues that require you to explain how you would solve them and what would the resultant outcomes be.
Here is a complete list of the 10 traits we look for in solution architects and enterprise architects.
If you are searching for a new job keep these tips in mind.