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A design graduate’s guide to making a great first impression

by Sarah Ward on 30th April 2015

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.

  • 4. Internships:

    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.

Satellite is currently looking for a Web Designer. For more details, check out our careers page.

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