Preparing for a Design Interview

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How should I prepare?

Participate in the AIGA annual student portfolio review. Check the AIGASF web site for specific details, the event happens each spring at CCA in San Francisco. You must register early to participate because this event fills up quickly. Check the AIGASF website periodically in the spring for registration times. For Juniors and Seniors, this is a must do.

  • Arrive early (10-15 minutes)
  • Know your audience/potential employer. Know what they do.
  • Introduce yourself with your business card and résumé
  • Have questions prepared ahead of time for you to ask them.
  • Know your work—what were the assignment requirements or what were the client needs? How long did you work on it? What was your design concept? If part of a group project, what were your specific responsibilities? Are there any historical or other stylistic comparisons/references? What typefaces did you use? What paper?
  • Know your career goals. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses as a designer. Guaranteed that you will be asked these last two questions.

What will they ask me?

You went to school. You studied to be a graphic designer. You are now ready to embark on your career (or continue it). You are going to face a variety of interview questions that are designed to complement your portfolio. If you want to succeed, you need to practice.

You can expect a mix of personal, behavioral and technical questions targeting,  or related to, the specific area of design that is the firm’s speciality.

You can also expect to be given some kind of practical test of your design sensibilities, technical know-how, conceptual creative process and speed.

Sample Graphic Designer Job Interview Questions

  • Describe a design project where you worked as a part of a group.
  • Describe a design project where you were in a leadership role.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Describe your process of design.
  • Why did you decide to become a graphic designer?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities in a good graphic designer?
  • What are your goals as a designer? What do you want to accomplish?
  • Describe a situation when you worked under pressure. How did you handle that?
  • What is the primary goal of a graphic designer? Is it the look of the design or something else?
  • Tell me about your latest design project. What challenges did you face and how did you handle them?
  • What do you consider to be your most successful project and why?
  • visit here to see how others answered some of these questions.
  • What graphic design software do you know best? Which one could you improve?
  • How comfortable are you being told what to design?
  • How well do you take criticism?
  • How do production requirements influence design? Give an example.
  • Do you sketch your designs first? How many?
  • You may be given strict parameters for your designs. Will that stifle your creativity?
  • You are told to create a design without any instructions. What do you do?
  • (example of 3 questions specific to the type of design the firm might do. know who you are interviewing with!)
    • How long would it take you to plan, design, and complete a 300×400 banner
    • How familiar are you with designing graphics for [online marketing, newspapers, etc.]?
    • You are asked to design a new logo for our company. What would it look like?
Expect Many Graphic QuestionsThe list above represents just a small sample of the types of interview questions you may face at your graphic design interview. You can expect to receive many questions about how you create your designs, your creativity, your planning, etc. Your portfolio will do a lot of the talking for you, but companies are going to wonder about the process you use to create your designs, and your emotional health throughout the process. Practice as much as you can before the interview in order to improve your chances of success.Take Away Interview Tips

  • Graphic design interviews will focus a lot on all stages of the design process.
  • Expect several standard interview questions in addition to the questions above.
  • You may be asked to describe previous projects.

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