How often have you applied for a creative position and gotten no reply?
How often have you attended an interview but never heard back from them?
How many times have you attended interviews that were one-way?
How many times have candidates who are less qualified or creative than you, beaten you to a recruitment?
Here are a few precious HR tips that you should keep in mind when applying for a creative position just after the jump.
1. Since you’re applying for a creative position, reflect that in the uniqueness of your CV. Don’t send one which looks like it was drafted by an accountant or undertaker.
2. Avoid a “copy-paste” cover letter or email introduction, meaning one which is the same as all other candidates. It will only work with organizations which don’t appreciate personalization.
3. Your CV must always have samples of the creative work you’ve done in the past. (Telling an employer that your creative work “will be submitted upon request” shows that you didn’t put enough effort and don’t fully value the application, or the job.)
4. Creative samples must be made in formats that can be easily accessed by almost all operating software. Alternatively, submit more than one file format to avoid giving the interviewer the extra job of converting your format or viewing it elsewhere. The same applies to CVs.
5. When attending an interview, dress creatively and avoid looking too “stiff” or formal. In other words, be that creative breath of fresh air that they’re hungry for.
6. While waiting for the interview, look around the premises and see if you can notice anything creative in the office worth complimenting during the interview. Not only will your prospective employers appreciate it, it will also show them that you pay great attention to detail.
7. It’s a lifesaver to always carry more than one copy of your CV and creative work, in both soft and hard copies. Make sure these are creatively packaged, because first appearances do make a massive difference.
8. Avoid asking or even mentioning the financial package during the first interview, unless it’s specifically mentioned by your interviewer. While we would all love a great salary and benefits, mentioning it upfront makes you look like a mercenary who is just there for the money.
9. Transform the interview into a conversation by also asking questions whenever necessary. Remember, the interview is not an “interrogation”, and sometimes your questions reveal as much about you as your answers.
10. At all costs, avoid general answers like: “I’m good at it”, or “I like it”. Instead, link your answers to true examples that bring your experience to life. Just as importantly, arm yourself with industry statistics and figures to support your claims. Remember, candidates tend to exaggerate during interviews so your prospective employer will need reassurance that you’re not being economical with the truth or massaging the facts.
The key thing to remember is to always stand out from the crowd, because there are hundreds (or thousands!) of applicants and yet only one opening. Here’s hoping these 10 tips will land you that dream job. All the best, and happy hunting!