Something interesting that was shared in this weeks lecture was the fact that Interviews with potential employers are designed to find out how you approach tasks and how your mind works. Although some questions may not be perceived to find out these things to the untrained eye. Also the fact that you can be innovative and “fake it till you make it” in any industry.
Something I understood from this lecture is that all interviewers look for the compatibility you have with the studio or company that they are running.
Something that was said is that it is very important to research the company before you attend the interview, this way you know how to answer their questions correctly and seem keen for the job at that you are applying for.
Through my own experience, Interviews can be extremely stressful if you let it be. You have a much better chance of looking more professional the more informal you are yourself.
This is obvious because we say things we really don’t mean when we are nervous. We give off a vibe that does not represent us effectively.
The significant advice for me from this lecture was that Graphic Designer employers want to know what my design process looks like. To do this I can keep my ideas in a sketchbook to show a good representation of how my mind works before completing the final products (which I would also show them in the portfolio.)
A story I heard from my own CIU lecturer Heli Puhaka was about a Jr. Designer that got into her profession by showing her sketchbook to the employers. They realised that in that sketchbook was the same kind of reasoning that they were looking for, so they hired her. This supports my previous statement for many obvious reasons.
The take away from this lecture for me would be to delve as deeply as you can into every company you apply for, and to adapt your portfolio, CV, and your apearence to accord for the company you are applying to.
The next Interview I have will be well prepared for. I am currently building my own portfolio, and I plan to start applying once I am satisfied with the work that is in this showcase.
I now see interviews in a different manner. They are not only testing you for their occupation, but they are observing how your mind works. So being skeptical of even the most abnormal questions can lead to success in future interviews.