Graphic Design Interview Questions and Tips


Graphic design is without a doubt an interesting field. You can see the work of graphic designers all around you. On the mobile phone in your pocket, on the monitor you are just looking for and even on the shirt you are just wearing. There is really a need for high quality graphic designers all around the world.

If you decide to apply for this job, you will need to answer many targeted graphic design interview questions. These questions target such things like your motivation to do this job, your skills and abilities that are relevant for it, as well as your practical experience with graphic design. Besides your answers to all these graphic design interview questions, employers will be interested in your work portfolio.

The portfolio is indeed a very important thing in your job application. Sometimes you may provide just average answers to the questions asked in the interview, perhaps because of the fact that communication does not belong to your strengths. Even so, if the employer likes your portfolio, he will likely offer you a job. That is the reason why you should always pick the best samples of your work and prepare the portfolio before the job interview. At the end of the day, it does not matter if it is online portfolio or just portfolio in a paper form.


Let’s have a look now at some questions you can typically get in this interview and what to answer to them. General most common interview questions and answers are not included in this selection. You can see these in another article.


Targeted graphic design interview questions and answers

Why do you want to become a graphic designer?
You should mention your passion for design, creative ideas and simply that you want to have this job because it will make you happy in your daily life.


Why did you apply for a position of graphic designer in our company?
The second question is similar to the first one, however, it is a little it different. A good answer will be a brand preference – you like their company, or possibly that you are good in designing things they are designing (web sites, t-shirts, anything they do).

You can also mention that you like their company culture or simply that someone recommended this company as a great place to work. Small compliment never hurt anyone.


What characterize a great graphic designer?
Job seekers have a tendency to answer this question with the list of their own abilities and skills and employers know that. That’s why it is crucial to choose the right characteristic of great graphic designer at this point. You can name some of the following:

  • Creative ideas
  • Understanding of what the customer wants, understanding of the needs of the consumers
  • Patience at work
  • Attention to detail
  • Can sometimes now better than the customer what is good for him and is not afraid to consult this


How do you imagine the typical day in work of a graphic designer in our company?
The key at this point is to mention as many working duties as possible. Try to be organized in your answer. A good answer may look like the following:


In the morning I prepare a TO-DO list for whole day, consisting of different tasks that are needed to be done on different projects. After that, I do one task after another, until the end of the day. Sometimes I take a creative break for 5 minutes, just to think about the work and discuss my ideas with the colleagues.


What do you consider to be the current trends in the area of graphic design?
Obviously, we can not give you an exact answer to this question at this point, as the trends are changing all the time. However, the best thing you can do is to look at the latest designs of the company, recognize the patterns and mention it as a trend. Majority of interviewers like this answer, as it shows that you may suit the company style and environment quite well.


Tell me something about your latest design projects.
This is exactly the time to take your working portfolio out of your back and utilize it. When you will speak about your projects, try to speak also about the positive feedback of your customers and creative ideas you have used when designing the thing.


Can you work with Adobe Photoshop (or any other graphic design software)?
We live in a digital era. If you want to get a job as a graphic designer, you will need to learn to work with a software. However, if you can not work with the software they as you about, do not hang your head yet. Try to mention the software you can work with (ideally with similar functionality) and mention that you are willing to learn on your own expense and initiative to work with all the needed software packages.


These were seven most common questions. However, even more extensive list of questions and answers you can find on As was said before, you can expect to get also several typical interview questions, such as weakness interview question, why should we hire you and others. In order to be well prepared for this meeting with the employer, do not hesitate to check our unique job interview tips as well as have a glimpse on other interesting articles on . We wish you good luck in the interview!