Succeed in Your Graphic Design Job Interview!

 

a graphic designer is looking at a color palette, choosing best colr for his next design. We can see a computer screen in the backgroundWe can find the work of graphic designers everywhere. You can see it on the screen of your mobile phone, on the wall of a nearby building, or on the clothes you wear.

Small or big companies, private or public institutions, profit or non-profit–we all need graphic designers in our teams. Great designers to be precise.

But how to get this job in an interview? What questions will the hiring managers ask you? And how to make a good impression on them?

I will try to answer these questions on our website, that specializes only in graphic design interviews. My name is Matthew Chulaw, I’ve been working in recruitment and interview coaching since 2008, and today I will try to help you succeed in your interview. Welcome!

Creativity, attitude, readiness for the job

You will need to demonstrate your creativity, good level of understanding for the target group of customers, and a practical knowledge of Photoshop, CAD, or other tools graphic designers use in their work.

Like in every other interview, HR managers will ask you some questions. You will deal with personal, behavioral and technical questions. On the top of that, you may need to showcase your design skills in a practical test.

The interviewers may ask you to improve a simple design, or to offer your ideas on a concept, layout or logo. In other cases, they may ask all applicants to prepare some work upfront, and bring it to the interview (something simple again, a logo, a business card, etc).

Prepare a portfolio

It does not matter if you have worked for clients for ten years, or if you have been designing things only for yourself to date.

In both cases, you should pick your best works and prepare a presentation, either a digital one, or, even better, in a paper form. Work portfolio can help you to avoid practical tests in an interview. What is more, bringing it shows the managers that you really care for getting the job, trying everything to convince them of your skills.

a young graphic designer interviews in front of a panel of interviewers. The panel consists in two women and two men. We can see only the back of the candidateWhat questions do they ask in a graphic design interview?

You can expect a mix of behavioral, technical and personal questions. They try to assess your motivation and communication skills with personal questions.

Your answers to behavioral questions suggest your behavior in various work related situations, and help them to understand your attitude to pressure, deadlines, conflict, relationships in the workplace, etc.

Technical questions test your ability to do the job, or at least your ability to talk about doing the job 🙂. Let’s have a look at some questions they typically use:

 

Practice makes perfect

Grphic designer works. we can see some inforgaphic on her screen, and she is just adjusting the brightness of the picture. CAD and Photoshop have intuitive user interfaces. If you have good computer intelligence, you should find what you need in them, anytime.

But I still suggest you to work with the software for a couple of hours prior to the start of your job interview. However, your ability to learn, and to think outside of the box, are even more important than your actual knowledge of CAD or Photoshop. At least that’s the way the hiring managers see it.

If the very best Photoshop expert did not understand the main goal of their design work, or marketing campaign, their knowledge of software would be worthless…

Oppositely, a creative person who knows what to design and why to design it in a certain way, someone who understands the business and the people they design things for, can always learn to work with a software, and make a perfect design for every campaign. 

Convincing the interviewers

Even if you are the best designer in your city, they may still hire somebody else. Why?

Matthew Chulaw, author of the website, face pictureSimply because success in an interview isn’t only about your design skills. You have to convince the employer about the value you can bring to their team, you must show them that you fit well into their company. And you should give good answers to their questions….

We hope that the free content on our website will help you to understand how to do that–at least to some extent. But if you want to be sure you did the most you could to get this prestigious job, that you did all you could to succeed, you should have a look at my I Will Get a Job Recording, which will teach you the winning interview strategies.

What is more, since the end of January 2018, I added answers to thirty most common interview questions as a free bonus to the recording. Enjoy it, and succeed.

Matthew Chulaw, your personal interview coach.