Succeed in Your Graphic Design Job Interview!

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Human hand working on a designWe 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.

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

We will try to answer these questions on our website, that specializes only in graphic design interviews. Written by Jacob Gates & Matthew Chulaw, Professional Recruiters and Interview Coaches.

How to get this job in an interview?

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 typically use while designing their works.

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’ll need to showcase your design skills in a practical test.

The interviewers may ask you to improve a simple design, or to give your ideas on certain concept or layout. In other cases, they ask all applicants to prepare some work upfront, and bring it to their interview with them.

Prepare a portfolio

It does not matter if you have worked for clients for ten years, or if you are just designing things for yourself and for fun. 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. So, do not hesitate, and prepare your portfolio.


Panel interview for graphic design jobWhat questions do they ask in a graphic design interview?

You can expect a mix of behavioral, technical and personal questions. Each part has some meaning. 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 technical questions test your ability to do the job, or at least your ability to talk about doing it 🙂. Let’s have a look at some questions they typically use:


Practice before your interview

Woman graphic designer is working CAD and Photoshop have intuitive user interfaces. If you have good computer intelligence, you should be able to find what you need in them. But we 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 a creative way of thinking 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, their knowledge would be worthless… Oppositely, a creative person knowing 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 that particular campaign. 

Convincing the interviewers

Even if you are the best designer in your city, they may still hire somebody else. Why? Simply because success in an interview isn’t only about your design skills. You have to convince the employers 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. And if you wanted to make an extra step, you can check our Graphic Design Interview Package, a specialized interview preparation material for graphic designers.

Thank you, we wish you good luck in your interview!

Jacob, Matthew, and the rest of Graphic Design Interview Questions Team

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