Creative Professional? Here’s How to Rock Your Interview

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By Jowanna Aleyne

Having a BA or Fine Art degree usually means you have been recognized for having creativity, imagination and talent along with the best of them. Translating your unique qualities into a professional setting can be difficult. In an interview you want to show that your are talented and unique, but you also want to seem like you would be a good fit in a corporate workplace.

Here are a few tips for your job interview that can help you figure it out.

  • Try and show the interviewer a portfolio and resume that looks like what they or their company are about.
    • For example, If they are a company that designs corporate logos, it can be difficult for them to see how you would fit in if you bring a portfolio of sculpture. Even if that is your forte, try to present some sort of translation of what you do best to what the company needs. It may be strategic to sketch some ideas of some logos you think would ‘work’ for the kind of projects they do. Although it may not be what you do best it will give the interviewer a better idea of how you can fit into the company.
  • Try and look like you can fit into their corporate culture.
    • University it a great place to express yourself through clothes and style, but the corporate workplace isn’t. Try and leave the trendy footwear and pink hair at home until you’ve got the job and proven you can fit in. My tip is to dress as conservatively as possible and then pick one accessory that reflects your individual style. Be careful that the accessory you choose doesn’t belong to a counter-culture that your employer might find too youthful or intimidating for the office.
  • Try and understand what the employer is looking for and focus on that.
    • Remember that the employer sets the agenda because they have the position you want. You may want specific hours, tasks or benefits, but it is better to ask the employer what they can offer and then tell them if it works for you. Do not enter a job interview telling the employer what your hours, position, tasks and responsibilities are going to be. Let them set the agenda and try and meet it. Be on time, follow the application requests to a T and show the employer that you are exactly what they are looking for.

Those three tips can get you in the door. Once you’ve got the position and proven you can meet the basic job requirements your employer should appreciate and trust you enough to start hearing more about the exciting ideas and creativity you can use to go from being a good employee to an excellent one.

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