This one is probably the most challenging part for some and naturally easy for others. Essentially, during an interview, it’s your job to convince whoever you’re talking to that:
- You have potential.
- The work in your portfolio is not an accident.
- You will be nice and easy to work with.
To demonstrate your potential, you need to be as confident in yourself and your abilities as possible while recognising that you’ve got lots to learn. Show passion, discuss your influences, and bring in your self-initiated projects. To show that the work in your portfolio is not an accident, you need to practice talking about your work. Explain your conceptual thinking, how you’ve arrived at the solution you’ve reached, and all the informed choices you’ve made along the way. Showing you’ll be lovely to work with is about demonstrating confidence, being genuine in your interview answers, and being open to receiving feedback. At the end of the day, it’s human interaction, so sometimes there will be chemistry, and sometimes it simply won’t work. That’s perfectly ok. One thing that for sure won’t be your friend during an interview is fear. It’s natural to be nervous, but the more you practice, the easier it will get. Just remember that the person on the other end is not there to judge you negatively – they chose to dedicate their time to you and desperately want you to succeed.