Designers are Scary! Interviewing
The second edition of Designers are Scary was straight-up Baller! If you missed it, we‘ve got you covered with this edition of Ding! and a big orange button somewhere in here 😉. In all honesty, experiencing the event live is a phenomenal experience. The chats were buzzin’, and delicious nuggets of information just kept rolling.
Designers are Scary! was inspired by our unchanging cause to empower creatives to use their gifts to bring peace. And this edition focused on equipping creatives on how to deal with that big-green scary monster (Interviews). Here is a top-level summary of things said by our panelists to whet your appetite;
Ella, our latest intern 🌟 at a small studio, talked about the importance of reading the vibe of the team you are looking to join. The interview process should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation. Do not apply for every job you see posted; deliberately seek people out on LinkedIn that work where you would love to work, and ask about the company culture.
Maxwell talked about showing up for his first interview at Under Armour wearing a suit, tie, and carrying a briefcase 😮 (He still got the job). Maxwell said; Take interviews and meetings that will set you up for success. Focus less on the position and more on what you can learn from the people at the company. He also emphasized that design softwares will continue to evolve in perpetuity, so never stop yourself from applying for a role because you don’t have a particular tool mastered.
"The interview process should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation” -Ella Choi
Kevin with his experience at LinkedIn and Apple had a lot to share; Warm up your cold calls with the right information. Do your research, and know as much as possible about happenings in the organization and their teams before the interview. Always have your own questions ready for them too. And most importantly, give yourself permission to be yourself; you got to the interview stage because there’s value in you.
Scott only builds cool Sh*t! with cool people, so hiring for him is about passing the vibe check. Because the vibe of anyone who joins a team influences the company culture-a delicate process for both sides. Scott says; show and talk about the type of work you want to be doing, as against only what you’ve done. Don’t only focus on standing out, but demonstrate who you are, and it can make you memorable.
Our panelists provided loads of insights, and they made the interviewing process less scary, and more approachable. Go smash that next interview with all the nuggets shared during this edition of Designers and Scary! and don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or a DM with your success story. ✨
Watch the full recording below!
Thank you so much for making this second edition an amazing one. Look out for the next event on August 22nd, 2023.
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