Much like any other professional setting, there are a few universal guidelines to abide by. Presentation, preparedness, articulation, & confidence are all paramount when having someone in the field critique your work and/or consider you for a position. Here are a few tips to help you next time.
It seems obvious, but dress to impress (especially for an interview.) Even though this is a creative field, it’s still important to look put together. Dressing professionally shows the interviewer that you take this opportunity seriously and respect them for sparing some time for you.
Your portfolio should also be top notch and ready to view with no torn/dirty/disheveled bits.
Do your research! Look up this individual/company’s work. Pick out certain aspects of it that you like or have questions on. Write down those things to bring with you so that when they ask if you have any questions you will have some you’ve really thought about.
If you wish to display a digital portfolio instead of a printed book, bring your own laptop or tablet fully charged & ready to go. There’s nothing worse than expecting the reviewer to find an electronic device to show your work. To be safe, bring at least 2 ways for them to view your work as there may be more than one interviewer.
Be sure to bring extra copies of your resume, business cards, and other contact info to leave behind with them once the interview is done.
Are you able to communicate your thoughts in a coherent manner? We all struggle with nerves during interviews, but those shouldn’t stop us from answering questions. Sometimes talking about ourselves is intimidating, but to really sell yourself and your skills, you’ll need to be able to show your most confident self. If all else, fake it until you make it.
This encompasses your knowledge of the craft as well as your passion for it. Believing in your ability and loving what you do is one of the most memorable qualities in potential hires. Show this person what you would add to the company. Show them you’d love to have the chance to work with them in the future. And above all, show them why you do what you do.
Getting professional feedback on your work doesn’t have to be terrifying or even difficult. As long as you come ready to learn & grow you will definitely be rewarded.
May the light be with you.
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