The Job Interview
Category: Resources / Portfolios, Resources / Reference,
Posted: Sep 8th 2013
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Congratulations on getting the interview! This is the meet and greet – they've seen a glimpse of your work and they like it enough to ask you to come in. They now want to find out more about you, what you're passionate about, what you do in your free time and to see that you're normal. After all, you'll be spending quite a bit of time with them and your co-workers so you'd want to be able to work as a team.
- Always be available. Whether it's for the first interview, the second or a trial.
- Know the company – do your research!
- Be prepared for curve-ball questions. (For example. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years from now?)
- Elaborate on questions you are asked.
- Arrive on time. Not twenty minutes early (you don't know if the studio has a waiting area) and not five minutes late. Arrive. On. Time. (OK, maybe 3 minutes early.)
- Dress appropriately.
- Have fresh breath.
- But no chewing gum!
- Turn off your mobile (yes, even off vibrate – you'll live).
- The interview process goes both ways, so don't present your work to yourself.
- Place your folio in front of the interviewer/s and let them control the pace of the meeting.
- Know your work back to front and be able to talk about it without prompts so practice, practice, practice.
- Have a positive attitude and remember to smile.
- Be confident, but not cocky.
- Show your passion.
- Stay professional.
- Be friendly to other workers you meet or walk past.
- Only draw positive things from previous work.
- Make eye contact.
- Follow up on your interview. Think of it like a date – not five minutes after the interview! Wait a day or two to call or email.