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Interview Questions, what to expect?

Discussion in 'Design Jobs & Employment Forum:' started by Malty, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Malty

    Malty New Member

    Hi guys,

    i have an interview on Tuesday for a graphic design position, and just wanted to know as this will be my first interview, what type of questions they ask etC?
     
  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    What position, junior designer? Mid-level? Creative? Is this in a studio, or for a business that have an in-house team?

    Ultimately I suspect they'll be asking about your approach to work, how you came up with X idea in your portfolio, techniques used, how up to date you are with technology/software/techniques, as well as wanting to know a little about you as a person. Be honest, and don't be afraid to admit you don't know something if you don't. Studios typically have someone or several someones that fulfil specific roles, such as artworking for example. If you're not an artworker (or whatever), don't claim to be, it will just bite you in the arse when you mess up a huge print order.

    People hire people, so don't be afraid to just be yourself. Even if you're not exactly what they're looking for, if you come across as a nice person who can fit into their team straight away, you might get in. Good luck!
     
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  3. Malty

    Malty New Member

    The position was not listed, they just ask for a graphc designer with excelent knowledge of design programmes,
    they are a business that have an in-house team,

    thanks for your advice, i just want to be ready for them and put across a good interview!
     
  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I have a couple of friends who left uni and went into positions in an in-house team, and they quickly found it was not what they were hoping for. It was very much business-orientated (they have to dress in office attire), and they were actually the only ones on the team, so they weren't getting any help from experienced designers.

    I'm not saying this is the case here, just be sure to only take the job if it sounds right for you. The interview is as much for you as it is for them.
     
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  5. jooty

    jooty Active Member

    you will most probably get bored of using the same pantone, coupled with the same logo. It can be a great place to gain some experience and learn technique and how to set things up etc. Have worked for 3 big brands in house so am speaking from experience
     
  6. Malty

    Malty New Member

    just a quick question, should i take references with me to the interview or not?
     
  7. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Take everything that could be relevant with you (within reason!) so that if appropriate you can refer to. When interviewing I always think CMF - capable? motivated? fit in? Be genuine, be yourself and show passion / desire / drive.
     
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  8. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Yep, as mentioned, take anything you might need, just in case. Just be sure to keep it hidden away in a neat folder or something (might be worth hiding it under a pad of lined paper - taking notes always looks good, and shows you're interested and organised).
     

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