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I can still remember my senior year of college… building a portfolio, researching places I dreamed of working and sending countless pleas for an interview. I not only remember how nervous I was, but how clueless and unprepared I was for “a real job.” Now
looking back, I wish I had someone to give me more direction on how to get interviews, prepare for them, what to do after interviews and the most important part, how to be good at the interview process. By no means do I have all of the answers, but I do have
some useful tips that I would have greatly benefited from… and I hope that you can too.
As far as what is most important during an interview, everyone will tell you something different, In my opinion, this is most important:
There are a lot of designers out there applying for the same job. You need to know your strengths and sell them. Find out what makes you unique and better at your job than the next guy. Not only is it important that the interviewer knows this, I
think it’s important for every designer to know this.
With a ton of useful tips, I hope you can find some inspiration that will benefit you during the interview process. Good luck!
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the AIGA Houston Blog, which was awarded Best Arts Blog in 2011 by the Houston Press Web Awards.
Ashley is fast – really fast. In fact, in the time it took you to read that, she already designed two websites and had a mid-morning snack. Ashley is also an accomplished illustrator, a former certified fitness trainer, a neat freak, new mother, and has
never missed a visit to the dentist, as evidenced by her big smile (sunglasses sold separately). In addition to being talented, productive and efficient, Ashley is an Art Director working in conjunction with Design Directors to create unique visual solutions
for identities, print collateral, and with a special emphasis on websites. Ashley has applied her talents to projects for companies like Sysco Corporation, Quanex Building Products, HTS and Albemarle. Ashley received her BA in Mass Communication Advertising
Sequence from Texas State University and is an active member of AIGA Houston.
Ten common mistakes in résumés and cover letters By Petrula Vrontikis , Vrontikis
People in this business are trained to make fast judgments, so
avoid these errors in your first impression.
“Dear Sir or Madam...”
Only on a bad day do I feel like either.
Address me as “Dear M
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