In this post I will list and describe simple tips for you to use during an interview. In a previous post, I detailed how to land a design job. However, it specifically detailed the steps you should take when searching and applying for a position. This post will prep you for the interview.
1) Don't Talk About Just the Work
Talk about the about the case study of the work or the goal you were able to reach. Context is key for interviews. Identify the problem(s) going into a project, and then give your suggested solution(s).
2) Share Your Process
Detail to the interviewer how you came to the solution for a project. Be sure to use terminology that is specific to the design world.
3) Ask Questions
The interview isn't just for the company to get to know you, but it's also for you to better understand how you could fit into the company. Here are some possible questions to ask:
- What's a typical day at ________ like?
- What do you personally need from this current position?
- If you could choose the perfect designer for this role, what would he/she look like to you?
The fact that you're being interviewed shows that you have the qualification for this job. Also, if you are typically extremely nervous during an interview bring a bottle of water, practice breathing techniques, etc. Research ways to calm your nerves for an interview.
5) It's Ok to not Have an Answer.
Don't be afraid to say, "I don't have an answer for that, but I'll get back with you on that. This may sound terrible, but it beats anything you could possibly say in response to a question you have no answer for.
6) Be Memorable
Remember the interviewer could be interviewing anywhere from 5 to 20 people. You must stand out, and this is where your personality will shine through. This applies to your choice of attire, the way you greet people on the interview, the confidence you display, the knowledge you have of the company, etc.
7) Follow Up
After the interview, take the time to write a personal note (preferably), email, or design one (if you really want to make an impression) to the interviewer of the company. This shows professionalism. In addition, write about something that was memorable and was a positive that occurred during the interview.