In addition to being asked some pretty generic job interview questions, you’ll probably also be asked some questions which are much more specific to artworking and digital design.
On this page, we’ve listed the top job interview questions for artworker jobs – and our top tips on how best to answer these.
*Don’t forget; if you are looking for a new artworker job, you can find lots of great vacancies on our jobs board today!*
Q: What Is Your Favourite Part Of The Artwork Process?
An employer will ask you this question for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they want to see how familiar you are with the artwork process – and secondly, they want to know where your passions lie within the sector. The right answer for this question will ultimately come down to your individual preferences, however it’s definitely worth having another read through of the job description to ensure you don’t name an aspect which isn’t actually involved at all in the role you’re being interviewed for – for example, you don’t want to say your favourite part of the artwork process is working on brochures if brochures aren’t named anywhere in the job advert.
To win extra brownie points, it’s worth reading up on the company’s website to see what words they use to describe themselves and their work, particularly their artwork projects – and trying to incorporate some of these buzzwords into your answer.
Q: What Has Been The Highlight Of Your Artworker Career So Far?
Employers ask you this question because they want to get an insight into who you are as an artworker and what you personally feel is the highlight of your career. With this answer, you don’t have to go for an obvious answer such as working with a major retailer – particularly if it was actually a bit of a nightmare and you didn’t actually enjoy it at all. Instead, consider which projects you genuinely enjoyed working on and which gave you the most satisfaction.
Don’t forget; you can choose a project because of the team you worked with or the client you worked on – so don’t feel like you have to pick the project which is necessarily classed as the ‘most successful.’ In fact, choosing a project which wasn’t necessarily super-successful can give the employer an insight into what matters to you as a professional and it might also help them to work out how well you’d fit into their current print and production team.
Whichever highlight you choose, be sure to stick to the truth. Why? Because if the employer calls your last one for a reference, they might be tempted to ask them about your ‘highlight’ – and if things didn’t exactly pan out how you’ve described them, you could be in trouble.
Q: How Would You Describe Your Design Process?
An employer might ask you this question to try and get an insight into how you work as an artworker and to see whether your processes and techniques as they stand would fit in with their current team. With this one, it’s best to be honest – but at the same time, you also need to avoid using words which could come with negative connotations – for example, the word ‘haphazard’ is probably not one you should use when discussing an artworker job. Instead, it’s a good idea to use words which are normally used in conjunction with the print and production progress – for example, ‘meticulous’, ‘concise’ and ‘careful’ are all good shouts.
Q: Which Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Your Current Artworker Role?
When answering this question, you need to be careful which aspects you choose to name. Why? Because if you choose something which could be seen as quite simple, you risk coming across as an artworker who struggles with the simplest of tasks – something which isn’t going to appeal to a potential employer. Try and choose an aspect which is widely agreed within the industry as being a challenging task – but be careful not to be too negative about it as you could end up talking yourself out of the job altogether. When discussing the aspect you find most challenging, don’t forget to explain how you approach it and how you deal with it to make sure it’s completed successfully.
Q: Which Is Your Favourite Piece In Your Artworker Portfolio?
When an employer asks you this question they want to hear you talk about your work in your own words so they can determine how passionate you are about your work and your previous experiences. When you answer this question, it’s important to go into a bit of detail about why this is your favourite piece – hint: saying it’s your favourite because it’s the easiest piece of artwork you’ve ever completed is not advisable!
Try and choose reasons which shine you in the best possible light and show that you’re a hard worker who enjoys being challenged. For example, you could say it’s your favourite piece because you got to work with a great team of designers and developers – and although there were a few challenges along the way, such as A, B and C, you overcame them and everyone was really happy with the end result.
Q: What Advice Would You Give To Someone Wanting To Enter The Industry?
Employers ask you questions like this because they want to see what kind of things you’ve learnt in your design and production career so far – and how you’ve developed as an artworker. The ‘right’ answer to this question will obviously depend on your personal experiences, however we’d always advise you to focus on positive aspects, rather than negative – for example, telling someone not to be an artworker is probably not the way to go! A better answer might be to say that you’d advise them to be as organised and patient as possible because you have to rely on other people a lot and sometimes things don’t always go to plan in the design and production process.