5 interview questions for enterprise architects … and how to answer them

Enterprise architects are in-demand, challenging to hire, and salaries are on the rise. Answering these 5 questions the right way will help you land the job.

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Enterprise architects (sometimes referred to as IT architects or business architects) are responsible for creating, maintaining and evolving the enterprise architecture framework so its aligned with and supports an organization's business strategy.

Often reporting to the CIO, enterprise architects have grown as a percentage of tech management from 2 percent in 2009 to 4 percent in 2013, according to a Forrester Research report. And salaries, too, are on the rise, reflecting both the increasing demand for enterprise architects and difficulty to hire. According Computerworld’s 2015 IT Salary Survey, enterprise architects can expect to earn an average of $131,589 -- up 2.4 percent since 2014.

Ideal candidates are tech experts who are also well versed in business strategy -- plus have the people skills to earn the support of the larger organization.

"You want to go into an interview showing that you have versatile skills; that you're technical, but a good communicator; and that you excel at problem solving," says Jessica Stoner, senior technical recruiter at IT staffing firm Mondo.

Here are five questions you can expect to be asked during the interview process and tips on answering them the right way.

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