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November 21, 2010

Doing well at the job interview

Congratulations! You got the job! If you have been asked to do a face-to-face professional job interview as a graphic designer. Your prospective employer has already seen your resume, read your recommendations and viewed samples of your work, which you have online. They need someone for the job right away. You qualify. They want to hire you. And they really don't want to spend any more time searching for someone. You are in. The only thing that you can do now is to blow it at the job interview. And so many people do, it's sad. But that doesn't have to happen to you if you just follow some simple advice. 

• Don't be on time for the job interview, be early. If you have any doubt about where the place is, give yourself a huge amount of time to get there. If you get there way too early, go read a book at a Starbucks or somewhere. Be in the parking lot of the building no later than fifteen minutes before the appointment. When you go into the building, head for the bathroom. Look at yourself in the mirror. Arrive at the office for the interview exactly ten minutes early. Be prepared to wait up to one-half hour, but don't be surprised if they are ready to see you the moment you walk in the door. 

• Be prepared. Bring your portfolio. Don't ask someone to look at your work on your iPhone, or on their computer. Print it out. Chances are, you won't need it, but keep it handy to remind them that, yes, that cool design that they remembered was yours. 

• Don't talk too much. They already know all about you from your resume, from your online samples. This is no time to talk yourself out of a job. Be friendly, but otherwise, shut up. 

• Be neat and clean. Yes, it's OK to overdress a little for a job interview. If you borrow a sports coat, make it sure it fits. 

• Know how to shake hands and look into someone's eyes in a straightforward and honest way. You don't need to overdo it here, but you are a grownup. Act like one.

Small details are what matter here. Get them right and you will be fine.

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