On the surface, a graphic design job interview should be easy. After all, you’re talking about the subject you know the most about—yourself. But when anxiety, pressure and nerves get in the way, you might give answers that don’t exactly paint a lovely picture of you as an employee.
While there’s no miracle cure for being nervous, it helps to make sure you’re prepared for any question the interviewer throws at you.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions that graphic designers are asked during a job interview, along with some tips for how to deliver your answer.
PREPARE YOUR PORTFOLIO
I cannot stress this enough. If you are interviewing for a web designer position, then get your online portfolio ready. Make sure all your links are working, clean it up a bit and make sure that your code is neat and organized. I’m not saying that you have to redesign your entire portfolio but at least have it be as presentable as possible. Wait, what’s that? You don’t have an online portfolio? Then how do you expect to get the job? It’s sad, but I’ve heard of so many people who want to work as a web designer / graphic designer yet they still don’t have a portfolio up. This is your number one priority. Get your portfolio up as soon as you can.
A job interview is really a time where the company gets to know you and you get to know more about the company. It’s also a time where you get to show them why you are fit for the job so being ready for this. Usually, the interviewer will ask you, “Why should we hire you for this job? What sets you apart from everyone else?” Be ready for questions like these and be genuine in your answers. If you are really good at a certain area, maybe XHTML/CSS or typography, then focus on that. Let them know how you can benefit their company and what you can do to help them. Don’t be shy.
What are your strengths?
This is your chance to show off—but don’t overdo it. Of course you want to showcase your best accomplishments as a designer, as well as the positive qualities that you can bring to the workplace. But that’s where many people lose their focus—they forget about what’s important to the company they’re interviewing with. Frame your strengths in a way that they are relevant to your potential employer. Whenever possible, try to tailor your responses so that they match closely with what the company is looking for. For example, instead of just saying that you know In Design, you might mention that you have plenty of experience designing multi-page materials if you’re interviewing with a company that puts out a lot of brochures. Here you can tell them about your graphics design course.
Lots of topics will be covered and discussed during the interview. Processes, rules, regulations and policies will be talked about during the interview. Make sure that you pay attention so the interview won’t have to repeat them. By the way, ask if you can take notes and jot some thoughts down from time to time. Also, ask some questions about the position and the company. Asking good and pertinent questions is a good sign to show them that you are trying to learn more and that you are paying attention. Make sure to bring in details of what you learned at graphic designing course.
What is your graphic design process?
Since this can be a long, detailed answer, you’ll want to have prepared for it ahead of time so that you don’t trip over your words, accidentally omit details, or ramble on with too much information. Employers ask this question because they want to know how you do what you do, how long it’ll take you to do it and the kinds of roadblocks you are likely to run into along the way