What to do if Your Interviewer is 12 Years Old

baby-working on a computerLet’s say that you snagged the next step in a great job opportunity from Creative Talent Management. You are preparing for the interview and discover that the person who will quiz you is much much younger. Your nerves begin to tremble and you begin to worry about the entire meeting. How can you present yourself so that you don’t appear as know-it-all? Here are some tips for making a great impression.

The Elephant in the Room

You can assume that the interviewer has at least half a brain, so don’t start out the interview by bringing attention to their age either. Don’t insult them by being amazed that they could get to where they are even though they are so young. This is not a strong start.

Keeping Up with the Industry

Your youngin’ interviewee might assume that you have little to no knowledge of industry trends and thought leaders. Insert pertinent points about these so you alert them to the fact that you are in touch with the trends and care about continuing to grow in the position.

Keep it Recent

Unfortunately, a lot of people generally have little interest in things that happened before they were born. This relates to possible career points that have occurred maybe while your interviewer was a baby. Focus your experience on the most recent 10 years of your career. This way, you can show how perfect and qualified you are for the job, without appearing to be over-qualified.

Use Your Age to Your Advantage

Being older means you most definitely have experiences your interviews won’t. You will likely be able to showcase your ability management skills, budget allocation, and big successful business decisions you have made.

You need to be able to show your younger interviewer that your age is truly a number. If either party gets the impression that they are stuck in their ways or forcing new methods just for the sake of them, the partnership won’t work. Focus on the skills and experience of everyone involved.

Positives of Being at Your Previous Company for Decades 

Loyalty to your previous company is a good thing. But a different generation might see it differently. Explain to your interviewer the numerous opportunities you took to team-build, collaborate, and be flexible during your tenure. This will illustrate that you are willing and able to continue these excellent skills in this new position.

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9 Questions to Expect During Your Next Interview

handshake-job-interviewThe job search process can be very unfulfilling. Unless you score the position, it can seem like you are just going through the motions, day after day, with nothing to show for it. But each time you get the chance to interview, it raises the stakes. But getting an interview and acing the interview are two completely different scenarios. That is why you need to show up prepared.

Here are 9 questions you can expect to be asked during an interview as well as some tips for how to impress the hiring manager.

1) Tell me about your creative process.

Creative and design positions require unique perspectives. Hiring managers want to know what kind of designer you are, how you design, and where you get your inspiration. It is during this time that you can explain your design process and how long you spend on research, storyboarding, etc.

2) What do you do if you get in a creative rut?

Expect this question because it explains what happens if the creativity well runs dry? Do you give up and cave? Do you reassess the purpose of the design to see if you started at the wrong end? Maybe you change only certain aspects of it and rework just those. Your answer will also explain whether you can take feedback and how you work when you are in stressful environments.

3) In your previous design experience, what have been your roles?

With this question, you can explain your responsibilities, whether you just did the concluding phases, developed projects from scratch, or just strategized the end product? Have you worked face-to-face with clients, or just by yourself?

4) Practice situation.

The hiring manager might have you work through a practice situation to get an idea of how you approach a new idea. You should include how you might create your first draft. Then add in how you would go about targeting the right audience. Would you work with the client (and how)? How would feedback be received and how would you go about adjusting your design? You should be able to explain your process and why you would choose to do things this way.

5) Explain a time when your work was not well received by a client.

The hiring manager wants to know how you react to criticism. You need to be able to explain how you reacted. How did you go about finding what the client wanted to change? Answering this question will help illuminate your ability to address both design and results.

6) How do you stay organized?

Everyone organizes differently. One person’s chaos is another’s sense of order. Hiring managers might ask this question to gauge how you manage working on a variety of projects all at once. People on your team depend on you to finish your part of the project. So, you need to be able to share with others what they can expect during your design process.

7) How do you begin a project?

This question speaks to how you as a designer take what the client wants and bring it to life. Client work is all about results. You need to be able to explain or share the questions you ask clients in order to feel out exactly what the project entails.

8) Share a project you are really proud of.

This question will let you share what you consider to be your finest work. This is your chance to share your passions and the kind of design programs or styles you thrive on when using.

9) How do you work on a team?

Collaboration is a fact of life in a company. You don’t need to love everyone you work with, but you do need to be able to work with them and produce a successful product. This is a chance for you to explain how you work and share responsibilities with your team, bounce ideas back and forth, and take over when deadlines are near.

Connect with Us

Now that you have the ammo to ace those interview questions, contact us and check out our job openings. We will help you find the perfect fit and help you score that interview. Call us today at 800.338.4327 or email us at info@talmanagency.com.

The job search process can be very unfulfilling. Unless you score the position, it can seem like you are just going through the motions, day after day, with nothing to show for it. But each time you get the chance to interview, it raises the stakes. But getting an interview and acing the interview are two completely different scenarios. That is why you need to show up prepared.

Here are 9 questions you can expect to be asked during an interview as well as some tips for how to impress the hiring manager.

1) Tell me about your creative process.

Creative and design positions require unique perspectives. Hiring managers want to know what kind of designer you are, how you design, and where you get your inspiration. It is during this time that you can explain your design process and how long you spend on research, storyboarding, etc.

2) What do you do if you get in a creative rut?

Expect this question because it explains what happens if the creativity well runs dry? Do you give up and cave? Do you reassess the purpose of the design to see if you started at the wrong end? Maybe you change only certain aspects of it and rework just those. Your answer will also explain whether you can take feedback and how you work when you are in stressful environments.

3) In your previous design experience, what have been your roles?

With this question, you can explain your responsibilities, whether you just did the concluding phases, developed projects from scratch, or just strategized the end product? Have you worked face-to-face with clients, or just by yourself?

4) Practice situation.

The hiring manager might have you work through a practice situation to get an idea of how you approach a new idea. You should include how you might create your first draft. Then add in how you would go about targeting the right audience. Would you work with the client (and how)? How would feedback be received and how would you go about adjusting your design? You should be able to explain your process and why you would choose to do things this way.

5) Explain a time when your work was not well received by a client.

The hiring manager wants to know how you react to criticism. You need to be able to explain how you reacted. How did you go about finding what the client wanted to change? Answering this question will help illuminate your ability to address both design and results.

6) How do you stay organized?

Everyone organizes differently. One person’s chaos is another’s sense of order. Hiring managers might ask this question to gauge how you manage working on a variety of projects all at once. People on your team depend on you to finish your part of the project. So, you need to be able to share with others what they can expect during your design process.

7) How do you begin a project?

This question speaks to how you as a designer take what the client wants and bring it to life. Client work is all about results. You need to be able to explain or share the questions you ask clients in order to feel out exactly what the project entails.

8) Share a project you are really proud of.

This question will let you share what you consider to be your finest work. This is your chance to share your passions and the kind of design programs or styles you thrive on when using.

9) How do you work on a team?

Collaboration is a fact of life in a company. You don’t need to love everyone you work with, but you do need to be able to work with them and produce a successful product. This is a chance for you to explain how you work and share responsibilities with your team, bounce ideas back and forth, and take over when deadlines are near.

Connect with Us

Now that you have the ammo to ace those interview questions, contact us and check out our job openings. We will help you find the perfect fit and help you score that interview. Call us today at 800.338.4327 or email us at info@talmanagency.com.

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Skills You Need to Get Ahead in Your Creative Career

SEO Search Engine OptimizationWant your resume to shoot to the top of the pile on the hiring manager’s desk? Sometimes it seems that everyone and their dog is a designer, or artist. Differentiating yourself from this crowd is necessary if you want to rise to the top, stand out, and snag that job.

Bag of Tricks

Although design and creativity may be your strongpoints, this doesn’t mean that you should neglect other relatable skills. You need marketing and communication skills too. Take for instance the necessary skill to produce a music record. In addition to music arrangement knowledge, overall management knowhow is essential in the creative market. You need to showcase your abilities while also honing certain hard skills. Read on to know exactly what skills to hone.

But I Design…Not Write

Writing is a skill not to be neglected, even if you only focus on design. In every position, there are many opportunities to write, from Twitter, to your resume, portfolio bio, and more. These are often the first interactions potential employers have with you too. Start by going over all of the online writing that you have. If the words don’t capture your attention, they probably won’t capture the attention of an employer. So, how can you become a stellar writer? You might not do it overnight. But taking a few writing classes from your local university or seeking out online courses can do wonders for you.

Market Yourself

No one is going to sell you but you. If you think your own personal website would be just the ticket, check out tutorials on WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. There is so much information available out there to help you get started with a website or blog. Then work on your digital marketing skills as you compose copy that optimizes SEO—to encourage visitors to find your content.

SEO It to the Max

Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a critical skill. Peruse sites like Google’s blog or Moz Blog to learn more about current SEO trends and lingo. SEO is the kind of background knowledge that should roll off the tongue in the creative world. The seemingly randomness of the world wide web is not so random. If you just expect potential clients to magically find you, don’t hold your breathe. Instead, search smart and post smart. Link your website or link your portfolio up with active creative organizations (e.g. the right talent network).

When All Else Fails, Learn it Again!

We already mentioned that writing is important even if you are a designer. So, what about if your forte is writing and graphics just aren’t your thing? You must face the fact that visuals are simply remembered more than text. So, try to hone your eye for design. Start with infographics. Take your engaging text and double its interest level through a visual telling.

Practice makes perfect too. You didn’t become a master writer overnight; so, don’t expect to master design software overnight either. But getting yourself more acquainted with these programs will help your content become that much more powerful. You can also have more control over your copy this way. If you yourself have graphic ideas or layouts for the content, you can ensure it stays truer to what you had originally intended.

Ready to Get Ahead?

Creative Talent Management offers top creative and design talent opportunities. Your next opportunity is closer than you think. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

 

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