What should I bring to the interview?

Question: I have my first graphic design interview, what should I bring to the interview?

Answer: Congratulations! You got the phone call. Of course you’re going to bring your portfolio. Make sure your it shows you know how to design the types of things the company does and a few projects that will wow them. If you’re in graphic design, your portfolio should demonstrate you know how to layout elements on a page, work well with typography, know how to use color and work with a computer via print and/or web.

Secondly, take the time to do a little homework and bring 3-5 questions about the company, your interviewer, the work you will be expected to do and more importantly what are they working on now. Asking questions shows your interviewer, you have been thinking about the opportunity. You do this by thoroughly researching the company (and your interviewer if possible). Be prepared to talk about what you read and ask thoughtful questions. Don’t forget, after presenting your portfolio, this is your first opportunity to make a real impact on your interviewer.

Some other “to do’s” I highly recommend are:

  • Showing up on time and well groomed.
  • Watch your body language. Smile. Understand they are “trying” to shake you up, so be prepared for all types of questions. Don’t let them see you sweat.
  • Build rapport with every individual you interact with during the process.
  • Do not discuss money on a first interview.
  • Be observant of the office culture, the people and even the parking.
  • And don’t forget to turn your cell phone off.


Remember, interviews are to judge your fit as well as your flare. So, make sure you do your homework!

Best wishes.

Jacinda Walker is a designer, entrepreneur and instructor with over 20 years of industry experience, who calls Cleveland, Ohio home. She believes that “participation is the key to success.” Her work ranges from designing publications to educational programming and event management.

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