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Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Commercial Artist Job Interview Questions

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The packing you see on the household items, the visual elements in posters and advertisements are created by a Graphic Designer.  A Graphic Designer create graphic art and visual materials to help sell a product or an idea. Graphic Designers or Commercial Artists often work within the advertising, communications departments and visual effects companies.

This post will focus on job interview questions specifically for the graphic designer role.  Read the questions below and prepare your answers and examples before your next interview.

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Commercial Artist Job Interview Questions

As our Graphic Designer, you will need to consult with clients to establish the overall look and feel of the visual elements and illustrations required. Tell me about the most difficult client you have had to deal with. What was the source of difficulty? How did you resolve this?

A Graphic Designer must make estimates based on client requirements. Describe your degree in accuracy in estimating the cost of materials and time to complete graphic design.

As our Graphic Designer, you will be working with many of our commercial clients.  We have all had to work with a client or boss that had unrealistic expectations. Give me an example of a time when you were producing a drawing, sketch, storyboard or layout for a client with unrealistic expectations. How did you handle this?

In this Commercial Artist position, you will lead a team of direct reports. Describe a situation when a graphic designer or graphic arts technician that reported to you struggled to meet project objectives. What did you do about this?

How do you determine the medium best suited to produce the desired visual effect? How do you determine the most appropriate vehicle for communication?

List the types of software and tools you can operate specific to graphic design and illustration. For each, indicate the level of skill (i.e. computer-assisted design (CAD) software, traditional tools, multimedia software and image processing)

A successful Graphic Designer or Commercial Artist, has the ability to meet client and project deadlines. However this can be challenging when unplanned events come up, which they often do. How do you determine what is a priority or important or urgent item for you to attend to?

As a Graphic Designer or Commercial Artist, what has been the biggest deadline you have had to meet?

Depending on the particular industry, Graphic Designers can be called by MANY job tittles. Here are some job titles related to the Graphic Designer:

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