Interview preparation to be a Graphic Designer? Ep39/45 [Beginners guide to Graphic Design]


– Hello and welcome to this
Beginner’s Guide Series to Graphic Design. From what graphic design is, skills to be a graphic
designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need, to the graphic design
portfolio and interview advice. This series is for anyone at any level. So if you’re interested in graphic design and considering becoming
a graphic designer then join me as I discuss a
series of graphic design topics. (lively music) So you applied for a design
job, they are interested and want you to go in for an interview. For some, this can be
met with mixed feelings of excitement, extreme pressure and worry. The design interview will
possibly be the biggest challenge you will ever face as a graphic designer. It’s the one time where you are judged on the things you say and
how you present yourself. How you perform in the
interview will determine if you get the job or not. Now, I often get asked the question, “What things can I do to best prepare for a design interview?” So in this video I’m going to attempt to answer this question and
share some of my experiences, and offer some tips you
can do to help prepare for a graphic design interview. Now you can never be too
prepared for a design interview. You never know what an
interviewer is going to ask you. In my experience I find the
better prepared you feel, the more confident and
relaxed you will be. And there are lots of
things you can do for this. So my first tip would be
prepare your presentation. Now, unlike most job interviews
where you might have to sit opposite an interviewer
and answer questions, the design interview is
more like a presentation. For a graphic design
interview you should be ready to present your work and yourself. So these are some tips to
prepare for your presentation. First tip, practice your
portfolio presentation. Now some people are gifted and can talk about their work very well on the spot. For others this can be very hard. If you’re like me, and struggle to talk about your work on the
spot, I would recommend before the interview, decide
what you’re going to say about your work and in what order, and try and memorize it. Now you may be presenting
with a print portfolio or you may be presenting
on a laptop or tablet. Be sure to practice your delivery. This may include parts of your portfolio you may want to zoom into on the screen. Pages you want to pause on,
links you want to showcase, or print examples you want to pull out. Be sure to practice your
presentation a few times either to yourself or to a friend. If you can get someone to
present to, get them to ask you lots of difficult questions. Get comfortable presenting
in front of people and being challenged about your work. Get used to thinking fast and delivering answers to questions. By doing this you will be more confident. You will have a good idea
what you’re going to say and you will be better prepared to deliver a smooth presentation
and answer questions. Next tip. Be prepared to only talk
about three of your projects. Now this could catch you off guard. Sometimes the interviewer will ask you to only talk about three of your projects. Now this could be for a number of reasons. It could be down to time
constraints for the interview, or a test to see how prepared you are. So be prepared to talk about
three of your projects. Now don’t pick your favorite projects. Make sure to pick the
projects that best demonstrate your skills and experience. Next tip. Tailor your portfolio. So before the interview, keep in mind what the design job is requiring. One of the smartest things
you can do to prepare for an interview is tailor your portfolio to the role you’re going for. In some cases, if you
have too much variety in your portfolio it may
confuse a potential client or employer. Tailoring your portfolio
could be a key factor. This can make you seem more suitable and specialized for the job. So if the role is for a brand designer include your best branding examples. If the role is for a
motion graphics designer include your best motion
graphics examples. If the role is for a web designer include your best web design examples. Try and edit anything out
that you feel is not relevant. However, having said that,
if the role is looking for an all rounder, you may
want to show a variety of work. So remember, tailor your portfolio to your potential employer. Next tip. Have the portfolio ready on device. If you’re planning to
showcase your portfolio on a laptop or tablet,
make sure your devices are fully charged and the
portfolio is preloaded on your computer or tablet. Be ready to pull out your laptop or tablet and present your work in seconds. If you have accessories for your devices to present on a TV screen,
take them with you. You may find yourself in
a room with a TV screen. Take advantage, and present
your work on the big screen. Next tip, have examples at the ready. So as you go through your portfolio and talk about your
projects, be ready to show any examples that will go with it. If you plan on talking
about your print project, be sure to have examples
ready to pull out and show. If you have digital work like
websites, videos, or apps, be ready to have them
open and ready to show on your devices. So the last tip here is have
something to leave behind after the interview. Be sure to have something
prepared to give them before you leave. Now this could be a
simple as a business card or something a little more creative. Be sure it is well thought
out, memorable, and unique. Perhaps it incorporates
your personal brand. Think tactile, think
surprise, think alternative. People love surprise and wrapping, and being presented
with something hands-on. By leaving something
behind you will stand out and show you are willing
to go the extra mile. If it’s good quality, chances
are the person receiving it will not want to throw it away and you will remain in their presence, to be seen again later. So by being creative and making something a little more unique you can
make a lasting impression. So that’s few things you
can do to help you prepare for your presentation. Now one of the other important
things I recommend you do is prepare for questions. Now for me, this is the most
dreaded part of an interview. You can be well-prepared
with your presentation but you never know what to expect when it comes to questions. You never know what
you’re going to get asked. In my experience it helps
to do as much as you can to prepare for questions. So if you are challenged on the spot, you have a good answer. In my experience, it helps
to do as much as you can to prepare for questions, so if you are challenged on the spot, you have a good answer. This will enable you to
make a good impression, show you have done your research, and have a genuine interest in the agency, which will help you get the job. So these are some things you can do to help prepare you for questions. So my first tip is, clue up
on the company beforehand. Before an interview be sure
to read up on the company you are applying for. Take some time to research
them on the Internet. Read the history on their website. See who is working for them. Find out who their clients are. These may be discussion
points during the interview, or they may ask you a question to test your knowledge of the agency. If you can mention a few names or reference some of
the points you have read this will show you are proactive, have taken time to research, and have interest in the agency. Next tip. Have a few of their projects
in mind to talk about. Be prepared to talk about their work. Research the work they have done and have at least three
projects to talk about. Be able to talk about
why you like the work, how you think it was successful, and why it inspired you
to apply to work for them. This will show you have a genuine interest and a passion to work for that agency. Next tip. Know what your ideal project would be. I get asked this a lot in interviews. This is where an interviewer
will want to know a little bit more about you,
your passions and ambitions. Be prepared to talk
about your ideal project. What would the creative work be? What would you want to produce? Who would it be for and why? Next tip, know what you want
to achieve at the company. At an interview you may be asked, “What would you like to
achieve at our agency?” This is where an interviewer
will be looking to see what your intentions are,
and how ambitious you are. Be ready to talk about
what you want to achieve at the company. This could be what you want to learn, responsibilities you want to have, experience you want to get, type of work you want to produce, and possibilities of promotion. So my last tip is have at
least six questions for them. Now, I recommend six because
some may get answered during the course of the interview. At the end of the interview
you will always be asked if you have any questions for them. So this is another opportunity
for you to demonstrate you are proactive and
have a genuine interest in their agency. So aim to have at least six
good questions to ask them. This could involve
questions about the agency, the role you are applying for, and questions about
opportunities within the agency. Try and ask positive and
well thought-out questions. This will count for a
lot in your interview and help you get the job. Now if you’re wondering what
kind of questions will be good, in the next episode I’ll be
listing the type of questions you can consider asking. So to best prepare for the
graphic design interview, I would recommend that you
prepare for your presentation and prepare for questions. If you would like to take a closer look at the lists discussed in
this video you can find them in the PDF document that
accompanies this video series. Download link is in the description. So what do you think? Do you agree with the
points I have raised? Or have I missed anything? Be sure to share you comments below. Well I hope enjoyed this video. If you did, hit the like
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me on Twitter @TastyTuts. So in this video I listed
some of the key questions to prepare for, for a
graphic design interview. Now at an interview you will never know what questions you may get asked. Depending on how much
the interviewer wants to challenge you, you may be tested to see how you can react to
questions on the spot. There are hundreds of possible
questions you may get asked, and questions you could ask them. One of the tips I did not
mention in this video, which I think is particularly important, is be ready to answer difficult questions. In my experience, the only
way to prepare for this is to create as many
difficult questions as you can and develop answers for them. If you’re then asked a difficult question, then hopefully you will have something to pull out and answer with. So in the next video I’m going
to list a bunch of questions you can consider asking
yourself in preparation for a graphic design interview. See you in the next video. (lively music)

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