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Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming graphic artist interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

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Claytanick in Alpharetta, Georgia

87 months ago

rahul in Bangalore, India said: no

It's all down to your portfolio, your experience and your attitude. Unfortunately, if you haven't worked as a graphic artist before it might be hard to get the job. But don't let that discourage you. The place I work at often hires people new to the industry if their work and their enthusiasm is good.

Just stay positive, keep polishing your portfolio and don't give up if this one doesn't work out. There aren't any magical answers to questions...just be yourself.

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kaber in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

86 months ago

It helps to know kind of work the company does and showcase items related to that. For example, the place I work hires Prepress artist as well as ad artist. Pre press work mainly in Photoshop while Ad artists work in Illustrator and Indesign. If your proficient in the programs used and you have a portfolio that showcases your skills its a big first step.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

85 months ago

Keep your portfolio shut and sell yourself first.
Be enthusiastic.

Many times I have sold the client on working with
me without ever opening up the portfolio.

It's about confidence = trust.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

85 months ago

Host said: Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming graphic artist interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

"Why are you interviewing here?" Never say, "because I need a job." Always say, "I really like your work....on and on and on."
Know the business that you are going after. Have good comments to say that says you have done your research.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

85 months ago

The key is ENTHUSIASM! Show how much you love what you do
by your wonderfully organized, and beautifully designed portfolio.

LIsten and act interested in the people that interview you.
They are looking for flaws in your character.
Don't give them any.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

85 months ago

They'll ask the question, "what do you like most about being a graphic designer?"

Answer this with heart felt desire for the field.

Remember this.

Send everyone you interviewed with a handwritten note of appreciation.
Say how much you liked meeting them, and recall again the sound advice
they gave you. This strokes your interviewers in a truthful, positive way
and gives them an additional favorable impression of you.

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Coby Neill in Nixa, Missouri

85 months ago

Try to make a connection with the interviewer.

Find something with them that you both have in common.
Quickly, search their office for sports photos, kids, hobbies,
anything. Find something in common with them.

Make a connection.

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