Graphic Design (Junior Content Producer)

Level 3
Employers looking for a Graphic Design Apprentice want someone who has a creative mindset and great problem solving skills. Graphic Design requires someone who isn’t afraid to offer ideas or speak their minds. Yet also be able to take criticism and complete tasks/projects in the clients vision. Having prior knowledge or experience of Adobe Suite packages is essential for this role.

Before attending your Graphic Design Apprenticeship interview, you must be prepared. Below are some tips which will help you to have a successful interview.

Personal Presentation

An essential part of making a good impression at interview is dressing smart. Yet do your research to see what type of business they are. Look on their social media, are they in a more casual setting? Do they were more formal attire? This will give a good indication regarding your interview. However, even if the business is more informal, you should still dress smartly.

Making sure your body language is open and confident is another method of communicating that you are reliable. Nodding your head occasionally shows that you are actively listening.

Interview Preparation Tasks

    1. Read the Interview Confirmation email thoroughly. Familiarise yourself with the location that your interview will take place at. Check transport times. Read through any extra details or helpful advice in the email ton help you prepare.
    2. Research the company you are interviewing for the position at. Look at their website and social media accounts. Find out who founded the company and when, what the company does, who their clients or customers are. The employer will ask what you know about the company, so find out as much as possible.
    3. Have 2 open questions prepared to ask the employer about their company.After you have researched the company prepare at least two questions to ask the employer about the company. Make sure you aren’t asking questions that are already answered on the website. Don’t asked closed questions (questions that can be answered with a yes or no).
    4. Study the Job Description and think about what your transferrable skills are.
      Consider what would be expected of you in the role on a day to day basis and review your work experience and the skills you have previously gained. Work out which skills you have that would benefit the company and keep these in mind when you are talking about what you can bring to the company.
    5. Research the company’s competitors if they have any. Being able to give suggestions and ideas for improvement at the company is a great way to show you are informed and proactive.

Talk a little about your personality and related interests, mentioning any awards or achievements. Discuss why you have a passion for graphic design and anything related to design (e.g. visiting galleries, collecting magazines etc). Don’t over share information about yourself but don’t give too short an answer.

Give an overview of the company whilst mentioning some facts that you learned about them. Show the employer that you researched the company before the interview. This shows that you are interested not just in the role, but the company too.

When it comes to answering this question, don’t just discuss how you want to do an apprenticeship. Look at previous work the company have completed why you were attracted to it. Discuss achievements they have gained and how that impressed you.

Discussing a task you needed to prioritise shows organisation and time management skills. Whether this was in education, completing projects at work or in your own time, employers want to know that you are able to manage work loads in an efficient way.  This question can also give an indication of how well you react in an urgent situation.

This is when an employer will be able to know if you can solve problems efficiently. Employers are looking for someone who can fix and resolve matters in a professional and timely manner. This can be a good indicator of how you respond to challenging situations.

An answer to this question requires an element of story telling and is a good time to show your positive traits and team – player qualities. You could discuss compromising and finding a solution to suit each person involved etc.

Talk about any relevant software packages you have used. For example, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator etc), Microsoft Packages including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Any digital illustration software or video editing software shows excellent ability in the sector.

Showing examples of work completed using this software is a great visual way to evidence your skills and gives the employer an insight into your capabilities and style of work.

Strengths – Mention two or three strengths (for example, communicating effectively, time management and organisational skills) and give an example of one of them.

Weaknesses – This is where you can show you are honest, can self-evaluate and are keen to improve. Choose a positive aspect of your personality and mention how this can be slightly detrimental.

When an employer asks this question be as honest as you can. Employers get an understanding of who you are and what drives you. For example, motivation to build a successful career or provide more for your family etc. are both acceptable answers.

Be honest about your reasons for leaving your last job role. But if you are leaving a position that you were not happy in, don’t slander the business. Mention how you want a career with more opportunities for progression or how the role you are interviewing for is a much better fit.

Use this time to ask questions about the business, daily operations or their expectations of you as an employee in this role. Do not ask questions about the company that could have been answered previously with an online search. Aim to ask open ended questions that won’t result in the employer just giving a yes or no answer.

Don’t be afraid to set your sights high when you are asked this question. Employers look for apprentices who are wanting to move up the ladder and have determination to reach that goal. Discuss how you feel the company will be able to set you on your dream path.

Before the interview be aware of how much the role offers on the job description and research salary expectations in this sector based on those in positions that have similar experience to yourself.