Design job interview tips
yesterday I was scrolling down LinkedIn homepage and I stopped when I saw an article about job and internship interview . It was about what to do and what not to do.
Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter by Bernard Marr
Since I am interested in those types of subjects I read it and I found it really well done, clear and straight to the point. Bernard Marr explains that during a job interview 3 are the key factors to make it successfully and they are:
-Do you have the right skills?
-Do you feel motivated to work for us?
-Will you be fitting in our team culture and company philosophy?
Now many people read this article and many commented about it, majority of comments was positive sharing the same writer’s vision. However; some comments were, instead, very critical with that vision saying that Bernard Marr was describing an old dated reality.
The skeptical were affirming that today’s key factors are different, the world has changed and some of the proposed questions are obvious ones.
However how is it in Car Design?
How many of you send mini portfolios with an English CV version? Many of you, how many of you are able to get an interview? Not too many, it is normal it is the natural selection. Now what happens when you start your interview to get an internship or a job in Car Design?
Generally the interview is similar to what Bernard Marr wrote about, at the same time you have to consider the fact that Car Design is an extremely selective environment because depends mainly from high quality talented designers. For this reasons, in our case, the interview will have different types of priority questions.
Your CV before your interview
I’ll be honest and direct with you, we know when a CV is lying to us! So my advice is make it nice but do not overload it.
Your CV has to tell me in few seconds the following info:
-Who you are
-Which school gave you your diploma or design BS
-What type of experiences or internships you have done
It is clear that your CV has to be organized in order to give me these information quickly
Your mini-book before interview
Put yourself at my place, please try to do it and ask yourself: what he/she is looking for? This is the key point.
Why should I be interested in looking at a mini-book after so many years of work and watched mini-books? The answer (at least mine) is: the hope!
The hope to find a real creative portfolio, with a good variety of projects, a portfolio that shows great skills and discipline, a portfolio that does not show me only a series of Lamborghini projects simply because we do not design Lambos every day.
Do not put in your portfolios restyling projects because they are dated, if you have done a school team project do show also your own sketches. It is not nice for us to receive your portfolios and discover that you have all the same drawings and renderings! Who did what?
For this reason present your own sketches and renderings of that team project, show your implication and design vision.
The interview will be on two different levels: an emotional one and a rational one.
The emotional level
It is a bit like love at first sight, what I want to say is that sometimes we feel naturally comfortable with people even if we do not know them or never seen them before, then we have the portfolio and CV review. What is important is the portfolio: skills and creativity come first!
We are always looking for some original way to design and propose creativity, we hope to assist to a portfolio presentation that will always keep us hyper and never down. This means that the project order, the sequence of subjects will be very important in your book. Every time I pass to a new project I do not want to feel down. Now it is up to you how to choose the order to make sure I will not be deceived.
While watching and analyzing your work we will try to understand if you are educated, open minded, passionate about the job role, sure of yourself, shy, directive, passive, active, easy to integrate into a team…
We try to understand all we can about your emotional sphere, objective is not to put the wrong person in the right environment or vice versa. We try also to understand if your way of being could be considered one day for a career evolution.
The rational level
This level is probably more conventional and more predictable; it will be made of classical questions like our company history, our strategy, our plans, the opportunities our company could offer for the future in terms of professional growth, the pay, company's policy at so on.
In conclusion we can say that in Car Design a job or internship interview to be successful has to be prepared soon enough starting from a good CV and a well assembled mini-portfolio. The interview’s day has to be an opportunity for both parts. A win win affair.
Talent, skills and creativity are the key factors, but alone are not enough. We will be looking inside you a bit to understand how much you can be beneficial to our company, understand how much we can count on you for all projects and tasks to accomplish eventually together.
© 2014 Luciano Bove
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