Design Job Interview some Tips
yesterday I was scrolling down the LinkedIn homepage and I saw an article about job and internship interviews. It was about how to behave during an interview.
Article by Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter by Bernard Marr
Since I am interested in those types of topics I read and found it really well done, it was 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's philosophy?
Now, many people commented the article, the majority of comments were 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 skeptics 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? 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 field because it depends on from high-quality talented designers. For this reasons, in our case, the interview will have a different type of priority questions.
I’ll be honest and direct with you, we know when a CV is lying to us! So my advice is to make it nice but not overloaded.
Your CV has to tell me in few seconds the following info:
Who you are
Which school you attended
What type of experiences or internships you have done already
It is clear that your CV has to be organized in order to give me this information quickly
Put yourself in 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 watching at 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 show also your own sketches. It is not nice for us to receive your portfolio 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 made of two different levels: an emotional 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. 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 see a portfolio presentation that will keep us hyper and never down. This means that the projects' order, the sequence of subjects will be very important in your book. Every time I see a new project I do not want to feel down. Now it is up to you how to organize your book.
While watching and analyzing your works we will try to understand if you are educated, open minded, passionate about the job, if you are sure of yourself or shy, directive, passive, active, easy to integrate into a team.
We try to understand all we can about your emotional sphere, the objective is not to put the wrong person in the right environment or vice versa. We try also to understand if you 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's history, our strategy, our plans, the opportunities our company could offer in the future, the pay, company's policy.
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 they are not enough.
We will be looking at you to understand how much you could be beneficial to our company, understand how much we could count on you for all projects and tasks to accomplish together.
© 2014 Luciano Bove
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