Graphic Design Portfolio

Mock Interview

By CRAIG KUNCE

In-Class Interview with Another Student

This interactive, group activity will allow you to practice and hone your interviewing skills.

  1. In class, you will be paired with another student (at random).
  2. Chose who will go first
  3. The student asking questions first will choose 15 of the 25 questions from project 8, and acting out the role of a serious interviewer, ask the interviewee the 15 questions. One by one. Slowly, accurately, and seriously.
  4. Do not go on to the next question until at least 2 minutes have passed. If the interviewee answers the question in less than two minutes, ask follow-up questions to get more information. Reference your answer key for follow-up questions.
  5. Once all 15 questions have been asked, switch roles and continue.

 

Guidelines

  1. You must dress professional for the interview.
  2. Bring 5 questions to ask the interviewer.
  3. You must act professionally and answer the questions seriously.
  4. The student being interviewed can use notes or get help from the interviewer buy answering follow-up questions.
  5. The student interviewing must act professionally, and speak clearly and slowly.
  6. Wait until 2 minutes are up before you move on to the next question.
  7. As-needed, I encourage the Interviewers to ask follow up questions to help the interviewee if they get stuck

 

Self-Evaluation

Remember your interviewing tips and advice. You must practice interviewing in order to perform well in a real interview. As you answer each question, think about your answers:

  • Are they too short?
  • Too long?
  • Do your answers directly relate to your ability to do the job you are applying for?
  • Are you just rambling on...
  • Are you enthusiastic when you answer?
  • But not overly excitable and annoying?
  • Are you using anecdotes to demonstrate your points? These are the most effective and memorable.

Interviewing is difficult and stressful. However, if you practice often, and hone your skills, you will answer each question with ease and professionalism and hopefully land the job.

 

Remember...

  1. An interview is a meeting to find out if you are right for them, and they are right for you. Don’t stress to much, you can’t control everything. Remember it is two people sitting down to talk to see if there is a good match.
  2. Your main goal is to effectively communicate that you can do the job
  3. Your talents, education, skills, experience, knowledge, and positive attitude will impress upon them why you are the best choice to fill their open position.
  4. Do not be intimidated or scared, you are ready for your first job, just tell them why you are the best person to hire

 

Additional Interviewing Tips

  1. Personal safety first. Always interview in a public place. Professional interviewers know this and should never ask you to do otherwise. If you are asked to interview in a place that is uncomfortable, ask to have the interview moved to a different location. I have interviewed candidates in a booth in a restaurant and it worked just fine, and most importantly, they were comfortable and felt safe.
  2. If you are not sure where you are going, find your destination the day or week before your interview. This way you can drive the safest route and not be stressed or driving too fast to get there.

Remember…

  1. Always answer honestly.
  2. Always relate your answers to your ability to do the job they are hiring for.
  3. Always answer with conviction and enthusiasm.
  4. Always end each answer, and the interview, on a positive. If you are ending on a negative, turn it around or change the discussion to end on a positive.
  5. Always believe that you can do the job you are applying for.
  6. Always remember that you can only control your part of the interview:
    • Yourself, (answers, comments, dress, attitude, honesty, professionalism, sense of humor)
    • Your portfolio presentation, (this proves you have the skills to do the job)
    • Let the rest be the responsibility of the interviewer, not you. Do not try to take control, you have enough to think about