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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok...I have an interview on Monday. My others have all been with small design companies but this one is for a proper big publishing company (the position is Assistant magazine designer). I need some help! :nervous:

What kind of questions do you get asked in interviews and what are good answers? I hate the question 'What are your best & worst qualities?' I never know what to say! So any help or tips would be appreciated people!!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You may know all this...but..

    If its in publishing you should at least be aware of the kind of design they use, the imprints they have and the kind of stuff they publish.

    Whats the company..I may have some insider knowledge...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's 'Paragon'. I know they do DVd, Playstion, PC magazines - I'm on their website at the mo! I know the programs they use cos it's in the job description. I just get scared that I wont be able to answer questions properly!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have just done a two and a half hour exam on this today so I know, but I'm fed up so ask me some questions and I will give you the kinda answer you would say.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Faith
    It's 'Paragon'. I know they do DVd, Playstion, PC magazines - I'm on their website at the mo! I know the programs they use cos it's in the job description. I just get scared that I wont be able to answer questions properly!

    i know it sounds cliche but try to be confident they will want to employ someone who KNOWS what they are talking about.

    goodluck
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by angelbabe
    I have just done a two and a half hour exam on this today so I know, but I'm fed up so ask me some questions and I will give you the kinda answer you would say.

    What would you say if they asked you your best & worst qualities? And what could you offer the copany?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If they ask you your qualities, say you work well in a team and independently, say you are reliable and you remain calm under pressure. You are hardworking and are willing to try out new things.

    Say you will work your hardest for the company and are punctual. If you've got qualifications that are essential for the job then say I can also offer, then whatever qualification you've got e.g if you got customer service NVQ you would say I also have an NVQ in customer service so I can offer a good level of service to the customers and know how to react with difficult customers.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanx hun that was really helpful :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Faith
    Thanx hun that was really helpful :D

    It's ok :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    May sound obvious but get as much info as you can about the company before hand. They may ask you what you know about them and if you can answer them then it will impress.

    Take time with your answers (but not too much time), look & sound confident. I don't know much about the design world but do you have a portfolio to show them? If so, maybe add some designs that are specific for their area. (You've already said computer magazines. Why not have a look at some comp magazines and create one of your own. If your too embarressed to buy a "geeky computer magazine" sandwich it between 2 porno's :) )

    All else fails wear a short skirt and a low cut top. :naughty::D

    Edited: Forgot to say Good Luck! We'll all say a prayer for you on Monday
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My dad's in advertising so I guess that's close enough.

    Talk about your attention to detail and how good you are in picking up errors. Also talk about what a team player you are and how you're eager to really learn Publishing. T-h-e-n talk about how you are an idea person who is especially good at contributing ideas that carry out someone else's creative direction.

    How's that from someone whose only job so far was hanging the town's Christmas lights or being the driver on a Victorian horse and buggy. (And the horse had gas.) Good luck.;)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thankyou guys that's all been really helpful :D

    NinjaMaster: I will try the short skirt idea ;)
    pnjsurferpoet: you'll do well when you have your first interview! hehe


    One more thing though: what would you say if they asked you what your worst qualities were? I hate that question because you don't want to put yourself down so they think you're crap! Any ideas?



    Sorry for all the questions, just want to make this a good interview and I have 5 days to practice!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I can't offer much help, but good luck on Monday, hope you get the position!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Faith
    One more thing though: what would you say if they asked you what your worst qualities were? I hate that question because you don't want to put yourself down so they think you're crap! Any ideas?
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    Don't put yourself down but still get across that you are open to self critisism. You could say something along the lines of that you think your worse quality would probably be that you can often be too much of a perfectionist in your work and that you find that you are often too hard on yourself to produce the best quality outcome.

    Hope that helps and i wish you the best of luck mate :)

    I know how you are feeling coz im going to be going to simular interviews around june time :nervous:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Got it. Your one fault is you are a perfectionist. (They'll love that...less errors...conscientiousness.) I was thinking in Publishing, any error that goes out, goes out many times over right?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Am going to get back to you on the publisher info thing...
    However..my advice is ...you are applying for this job because
    a) its something you really want to do
    b) you can do it

    You need to be confident about your own abilities, and you need to show that you know what you are talking about. If you feel confident you will find the questions simple.

    I found that although it feels pants, taking a folder with all the job info in it and a copy of the application and job description works wonders.. you can then refer to the details you have in front of you. It shows you are organised.

    Having the folder in front of you means that when they ask things like 'so what so you think the job will entail' you can say...'well, looking at the job description you have provided I think....'

    It worked for me..
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