This week, I was interviewed by local designer, Jamie Crump. She’s a student preparing to hunt for her first graphic design position in Indianapolis. Jamie presented some great questions regarding work environment and showing your portfolio.
1. What is your role at PERQ?
2. How long have you been employed at PERQ?
One year and counting.
3. How many people are on your team? What are their responsibilities?
Our marketing team is comprised of around 6 to 10 people at the moment. Those roles range from Executive, Director, Campaigns, Graphic Design, Content Management, and interns.
4. How many projects do you touch on an average day?
Anywhere from 1 to 5, maybe more. It really just depends on the size of the projects. I tend to juggle a lot of projects at one time. Marketing collateral sheets can take 1-2 hours each. Some direct mail designs can take a few days to fully develop.
5. Do you mostly work independently, or find yourself knocking on the office doors of your co-workers often?
We work in an open cubicle space where collaboration is encouraged. I’m always bouncing my designs off co-workers to ask what I might be missing.
6. What do you feel are the qualifications this company is looking for in an entry-level designer?
A college degree is quite common, but not completely necessary. Our interviews are focused on candidates that are not only qualified, but will fit within our company culture. A desirable entry-level designer would be very self-motivated, savvy, and have an eye for what looks good. I’ll be looking to see if you value space, structure, and hierarchy.
7. What are some common mistakes you see in portfolios?
Showcase only your best work, even if that means you have fewer pieces. Presentation goes a long way. Talk about how you came up with your solutions as you present your work.
8. Would you rather see a website or a printed portfolio? Or Both?
If you are applying for a print position I would encourage you to bring in some strong physical pieces like brochures or magazine spreads. I don’t mind flipping through an iPad though.
9. What’s the most memorable portfolio or promotional piece you’ve seen thus far?
The most memorable pieces are the ones where I can see the process. For example, I love seeing snapshots of something coming together from conception to final product.
I’ve seen some people go overboard with promotional pieces. I like when you can tell a candidate researched our company to see if they were a fit. However, don’t act too desperate!
10. What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who just completed their degree?
You are going to learn quite a lot on the job that you wouldn’t learn in school. I’d jump right in to an internship or part time position, if you can’t find full time work. Build up your portfolio with a couple real world pieces that you can talk through, and prove your skill level. Keep yourself busy with blogging or side projects. Show initiative.
PERQ is hiring! Drop me a line, if you think you have what it takes to design creative direct mail, and work closely with the automotive industry.