To ensure hiring the right designers, the job descriptions and position titles listed on your ads must be honest. Many interior design companies said hiring “interior designers” on their ads but actually the real job responsibility was either a sales person or a computer draftsperson. Different job titles will attract different types of candidates, if you want to hire a CAD operator but are worried the person might quit if he or she won’t have the opportunity to really design their own things, lying about the job title on the hiring ads won’t help. It will just attract many creative individuals who don’t necessarily possess advanced computer drafting skills to the interviews, and if you try to save on salary and say you want to hire a CAD drafter on the ads but actually are looking for a talented interior designer, you might end up attracting more technical oriented but not so artistic people to come to the interview. No matter under what scenario, it will all end up wasting your valuable time and company resources.
Many design firms divide tasks for their designers, some of them are only involved in FF&Es, some are only doing CAD drafting or rendering, and some only go to the job sites. Dividing tasks can maximize the efficiency based on each designer’s strengths. However, if you are a junior level designer who works at this kind of company, you might not be able to learn the whole design process which could have negative impact if you would like to work for different design firms or run your own business in the future. If you are a senior level designer and already know all aspects of design process, working at the firms that divide tasks may give you more opportunities to focus on the tasks you are good at which will lead to better job performance and happier you.
Many people will disagree with me by saying when designers have seen many projects, furniture, or accessories…, they would become more creative because their aesthetic senses are getting better, but let’s be honest, those people are simply acting like a computer hard drive that got lots of information saved in the system, and when they need to design something, their big memory systems started to select the existing ideas from the systems and combine, mix-match and turn into other ideas. They are not becoming more creative but becoming more resourceful.
A real creative designer will show his/her creativity from their very early career, just usually the ideas coming from more junior, inexperienced designers can’t be executed smoothly due to his/her unfamiliar with the material characteristics, engineering procedures, structural integrity, or the budget and regulation limitations. On the other hand, the design ideas coming from more senior and experienced designers usually are more matured and can be executed better. As of non-creative designers, no matter whether they are junior or senior designers, they just do not have any creative ideas but bunches of copied or tweaked ones.