The creative world can be a tough cookie to crack, so when the opportunity comes along you want to make sure you leave a lasting impression. Use this handy guide to help get your foot in the door.
1. Review your portfolio:
Quality not quantity: Only your top eight to ten projects should make it – you won’t have time to talk about any more.
Best piece first: First impressions count and if you leave the best till last, it might never get seen.
Show additional skills: Creative Suite skills are a given. What other skills can you bring to the party?
2. Do your research:
Prepare your questions: Have something to say. Asking questions shows you’ve taken time to research them.
Be prepared for criticism: Take on board constructive criticism. You need broad shoulders and a thick skin to survive.
Think commercially: Be aware that what makes a good college solution, may not hack it in the real world.
3. Interview etiquette:
Don’t be late: Time is what we sell. If you get held up, call – we’re in the communication business.
Dress sense: Be smart. It’s all about presentation, but don’t wear a suit if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
Listen, consider, answer: Don’t rush your answers. Relate them to your experience and portfolio if you can.
Make an impression: Doing good work isn’t enough. Make yourself available, ask to be involved in projects.
Make yourself indispensable: Become part of the team. Talk to everyone – artworker to MD.
Little things count: Make the tea, even if you don’t drink it. In on time and don’t leave on the dot.