Studio asked our partner Jill and nine other leading industry directors what advice they would give to a junior interior designer looking for work.
The article, featured in Design Week, gives job seekers tips on how they can make a lasting impression in an interview and what key skills they should demonstrate in their portfolios.
Here are Jill’s main points:
- Keep covering letters concise and to the point (we don’t have time to read an essay!) Double, triple check your CV for spelling mistakes. We get so many CVs from graduates that we have to narrow them down in some way, so ensure you are making the best impression from the outset.
- It sounds obvious, but don’t send a sample portfolio which is over 8 MB in size.
- If you get an interview with a company do your research – and that doesn’t just mean looking at the website. If you can, visit a project they have designed and form an opinion yourself.
- Use materials and colour in your portfolio.
- Demonstrate a graphic design sensibility, i.e. the ability to layout a page nicely with white space and control, demonstrating a good range of 2D and 3D computer skills. Show hand sketching if you have good skills – but if you don't, it's better not to include anything rather than weaken the overall standard of your portfolio.
- At Kinnersley Kent Design we are impressed by candidates who can show a strong and varied skillset, enthusiasm and passion for design, initiative and intelligent thinking, willingness to get stuck in and show the same level of enthusiasm for both a mundane task and a more interesting one. In terms of personality, we look for a balance of confidence and modesty – someone who will add something to our studio from both a personality and social perspective.
So what is it like interning with us? Read what designer Luke Sutcliffe had to say here.