Whether you’re an architect, interior designer, graphic designer or creative expert, everybody has experienced interview stress at some time in their career. Whether it’s meeting new people or the anxiety of answering those tricky questions, interviews can be very stressful situations.
But with a little bit of planning, forethought and preparation you can remove all the stress out of interviewing and even learn to enjoy yourself. Below are tips for all creatives, architects and interior designers. So, if you have interview stress – simply take a big breath and follow these rules.
Don’t apply time pressure – take a half day
There’s nothing like the stress of trying to be in two places at once. Rushing an interview during your lunch break is going to leave you feeling anxious and distracted – what if the interviewer is running late? To make sure you can truly be the best you can, take a half day off work. This will give you time to practice, prepare and really be in the zone. It’ll ensure you have enough time to fully meet the interviewer’s questions. After all, it’s your future so make time for yourself.
Research the Design Practise prior to the interview
A favourite question of interviewers is, “so, what do you know about us”. Instead of flailing around for words, make sure you know everything there is to know about the company. The majority of companies will have an ‘About Us’ page on their website – learn the key dates and points about the company. Look at the company’s social media accounts, at their blog and do a Google search to see what online content is out there about the company. Really get a feeling of the company and knowledge for what projects they have run. Knowing all this information will make you feel much more confident.
Do your homework and be prepared
Check where your interview is, and at what time. Map the route and ensure you know how to get there. Leave plenty of time to arrive – turning up late can leave a bad impression. Consider checking other important factors: Do they have more than one office? What are the director’s names? Make sure you know the names of the people interviewing you and their roles within the business. Take a notebook and pen so you have something to write notes on.
Ask your specialist Haus recruiter
Your recruiter knows the firm, they have a relationship with the creative practice they are putting you forward for. Talk to your Haus recruiter and ask them for some pointers, hints and tips. Ask them what to do to get the role – they will fill you in on the must-haves!
Have pre-planned questions to ask at the end of the interview
Ease interview stress by preparing questions to ask your interviewer so you feel prepared. Having questions prepared shows your ambitious, interested and engaged, and will help make you feel in control. Remember, it is important that you know what the company culture and what it is like to work there. Ask where you will be sitting, who you would be working with, what are the hours within the company, maybe even about your salary. Make the questions relevant, interesting and open. You will enjoy asking the questions! I promise. Ideally, ask questions that can’t be answered with an easy yes or no – if you need some guidance, check out our guide to the best interview question to ask.
Say thank you at the end of the interview
Always say thank you at the end of an interview – this will help clear the air – you never know, the interviewer may have been just as nervous as you! Being pleasant and thanking them for their time will help you stick in the interviewer’s mind.
Most importantly, get to the interview early and if you have interview stress…take a breath
Get their early, relax, get a drink and prepare. Take deep breathes – Oxygen will clear your mind and relax you.