Interview Tips

The Interview process

During the recruitment process in the creative space, as a job-seeker, you need to encounter a series of varied types of interviews. It is always good to contact the recruiters to know the type of interviews you need to attend during the hiring process. Typically, as a creative job aspirant you may need to face such scenarios during the hiring process:

  • Send your portfolio or work samples to potential recruiters through Email. You need to send work samples that match the job description. For example, if an apparel factory that makes women wear is searching for a fashion designer for the Design department, then you as a fashion designer should send work samples (designs) pertaining to women wear. First impression should always be the best impression.

  • After evaluating your profile, if the company shortlists you, you would receive a telephonic call from the recruiters. In the telephonic call, you may be asked about your work, clients or companies you worked with, your technical expertise, some personal information, so on.

  • Once you are shortlisted in the telephonic round, some organizations send online evaluation tests to potential candidates through Email. These tests must be completed and reverted back within a stipulated time which may range from hours to days. For example, a UX/UI designer may be given a short assignment to design the Home screen for a web application.

  • After the telephonic round, most of the organizations usually invite candidates for a face-to- face round of interview, group discussions, or video conferencing.

    • Face-to- Face interview:

      Most of the recruiters prefer the face-to- face interview process as such interviews help recruiters to physically interact with the job aspirant. A single interviewer or a panel comprising of interviewers from different departments can evaluate a candidate’s skill set through verbal dialogues or questions.

    • Group Discussion:

      A group of professionals with similar qualifications and experience levels are invited together to present their views on a specific topic. The talent acquisition team selects the ideal candidates from the group that match their expectations. For example, a group of content managers can be asked to present their views on how to make the content of a case study more engaging and appealing to the readers. The hiring team shortlists the candidates who present their ideas or thoughts tactfully and systematically.

    • Video Conferencing:

      Organizations use video interviews to connect potential candidates to the talent acquisition team instantaneously. Video interviews help save time and collaborate with interviewers across geographical locations. Nowadays, recruiters use software such as Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, and Viber for video conferencing and screening the job aspirants.

  • Once you clear all the rounds and meet the company expectations, you are granted the job. From the job aspirant perspective, it is always good to know the typical interview process as it helps you prepare for the same.

Tips to create a high-impact Portfolio

The first impression should be the best impression. Your portfolio should showcase your most unique creative projects that boost your portfolio. It is the first tool that recruiters would evaluate to screen and shortlist quality creative talent. Some tips to create exceptional portfolios are listed below:

  • Always include only your premier work samples that aptly demonstrate the scope of your creative expertise and attract prospective employers.

  • Pxljobs.com allows you add four work samples. Ensure that the work samples you include must be more than 10 KB but less than 500 KB. All images must be of JPEG, GIF, or PNG file format.

  • If you have worked in many domains or industries, it is good to display the best work samples from all the domains. This would help showcase your creative proficiency in various domains and amplify the chance of getting noticed by premium recruiters.

  • You can also tailor your portfolios and incorporate creative work samples according to the requirements of the job profile you are applying for.

  • It is good to include appealing headings to your portfolio. Also, include appropriate captions or titles that describe each creative sample.

  • Always maintain a chronological order or logical order to showcase your work. You can display your latest designs first or best designs first.

  • Review your portfolio thoroughly before publishing. Avoid typographical errors and grammatical errors in the content. Always add clear images, non-disruptive video or audio samples. Ensure your images, videos, and content appear clearly in your portfolios.

  • Regularly update your portfolios for better job opportunities.

  • Share your portfolios or invite friends and colleagues to view your portfolios for better exposure to a wider audience.

Preparing for the interview

It is always better to prepare for an interview well in advance to reduce stress and avoid confusion. As a job seeker, you should anticipate most of the predictable interview questions and prepare optimistic answers that demonstrate your creative skillset and thought process. Some tips to help you prepare for an interview are listed below:

  • Know your portfolio at your fingertips. If there are more creative samples that you need to show the prospective employers, you can compile the same into a CD, copy into a pen drive, carry printed copies, or store the work samples into hand-held devices such as smartphones or laptops. Ensure your work samples that include images, videos, audios, and content are impressive and presentable.

  • Precisely analyze your creative samples. You should be familiar with the process you adopted from the initiation of the idea to the delivering of the finished project.

  • Thoroughly research about the organization where you need to attend the interview. Visit the organization’s website, understand their business domains and services they offer, assess their products and customers, and read press releases about the company to evaluate their growth.

  • Analyze the job description of the position and compare your portfolio and resume with the same. Most of the interview questions would be based on your portfolio, resume, and typical scenarios you might face in the applied job profile. Anticipate interview questions and prepare appropriate interview responses. Examine your unsuccessful interviews (if any) and evaluate your drawbacks and weaknesses and work upon those areas.

  • Ensure you know the time and venue of the interview. If in doubt, call the employer one day before to know the details of the venue and time of the interview.

During the interview

Relax yourself during an interview. A stress-free brain can help you think and answer the interview questions accurately and wisely. Some tips that you need to keep in mind while attending an interview are listed below:

  • Be punctual and wait patiently for your turn.

  • Wear a comfortable outfit and footwear that suits your style and reflects your personality.

  • Greet the interviewer(s) pleasantly and maintain a proper eye contact with the interviewer(s) during the interview. Listen attentively to the interview questions and answer clearly and concisely.

  • Project your positive behavior, finest capabilities, and accomplishments that match the expectations of the job profile.

  • Do not bad mouth your previous employers, team, or colleagues.