1. Know everything inside out
Know your portfolio, CV, projects, your strengths and the company you are interviewing with inside out. Make sure you have further knowledge of your projects that you may not have shown or mentioned in your portfolio, that you can answer about when asked.
2. Portfolio preparation
Make sure to customise your portfolio to the company and the role you are applying for. Show your process, your research, what informed your design decision and most importantly, the final outcome. Identify areas of team projects you worked on and have a range of projects that showcase a wide variety of skills and abilities. Make sure to go above and beyond!
3. Bring hands-on materials
Bring models with you that your interviewer can physically hold or for you to show over the camera. This is much more exciting and engaging for the interviewer and is easier for you to talk through your work and processes.
4. Know the job description
Understand what the job entails, what is expected of you, what software experience are they asking for? Show them that you have these skills. Reflect the job description in your portfolio, CV and answers to any questions.
5. Know why you want to work there
What made you apply for this company in the first place? Show your passion for the company and the role on offer. Show them what you would bring to the company & the team.
6. Follow up
Follow up with an email or connect on LinkedIn. Use the opportunity to ask them for feedback, thank them for their time, and any other comments you have regarding their feedback on your work and answering your questions.
7. Dress for the job
In the team's experience business casual is always a safe option; however, use what you know about the company to know how formal to dress.
8. Prepare questions
This is a must as it shows your interest in the company and an opportunity to learn more about them and the job on offer. We've provided some examples for you below:
- 'What does your typical day look like?'
- 'What are your biggest achievements while working at said company?'
- If they ask about your weakness, phrase your answer in how you're improving and adapting to said weakness