Interviewing for a Graphic Design position coming out of school can be a bit nerve wrecking. I’ve interviewed and worked at many design studios and advertising agencies in Chicago, and still get a bit nervous. Some employers turn out great, while others simply don’t know how to be an employer. But they all pretty much ask the same questions in that pivotal initial meeting.
Tell me about your work? (This can be awkward if you’re not ready to tell your life story)
Why did you choose that (specific identity/graphical element)?
What’s the meaning behind (specific identity/graphical element)?
How do you feel it incorporates into the design/ad?
Why do you want to leave your current design job?
(this can raise questions about your loyalty or your lack of teamwork)
If you’re just out of school, make sure to intern at least twice. It looks better than sales rep on your resume.
Why do you want to work at (_____ design)?
(Pay close attention to their website, work, and content and draw your answer from your newfound knowledge)
Do you do freelance work?
(Employers will want to see you work 2-3 months before committing to you long-term)
It’s not the full list, but these are the basic questions employers will ask you.
Some interviewing tips
1. Brand yourself, create a unique logomark and identity people can remember. Read the concept behind my logo here
(I bet you didn’t know that).
2. Add a wide variety of projects to your portfolio. Some people like type, some illustrations, others love identity. You’d be surprised to find out which ones stand out and that one piece can land you a job.
3. Have conceptual work in your portfolio.