We recently hired a new graphic designer at work, to help take on some of the design workload since I became digital marketing manager. It was interesting, coming from the "other side" as a hiring manager, you can see so very clearly what employers are looking for when making a hire.
Finding a great graphic design job can seem like an impossibly difficult thing to do, especially if you are new to the field. But, it really doesn't need to be that hard.
1. Be prepared - make sure your portfolio is up to date, there’s almost nothing worse than a designer who comes into an interview and when asked “what’s a project you are most proud of” and not be able to show off said project.
Speaking of portfolios, if web design is listed as a skill, you should have an online portfolio. No excuses. No website, no interview. We are moving on.
2. Google is your best friend. Do your research - look up everything there is to know about the company you are interviewing with, and if you know who you will be meeting with, read up on them too.
Knowing something, anything, about the company you are interviewing with will set you apart from all the other candidates. You would be surprised at how many people don't do their research.
3. Relax - once you're asked in to interview, the hiring manager is usually pretty sold on your skills, now we want to see if you're a good fit for the company and the team you will be working with. So relax, and talk to us like we are real people. This is the time to connect with your future co-workers.
4. Want it. (This may be the most important) If they give you a design test, put some effort into it. It will be painfully obvious if you don’t.
And remember that bit about the portfolio that I mentioned? It wouldn't hurt to update your portfolio with your latest work. Especially with work that the company that you are interviewing with would be interested in seeing.
5. Thank yous. This is a detail that many job seekers forget to do.
After the interview, if you really want the job, ask for business cards and send a thank you email as soon as possible. It's that cherry on top of the sundae that employers notice.