Hello, tomorrow I'll be attending my first Job interview that is related to 3D.
I'm pretty nervous and I don't want to screw it.
What are some good advices you could give me?
What are some things I shouldn't say or I should definitely ask?
How to make the best impression?
Also, it's good to note that it's not going to be face2face because of the coronavirus but we will be having a conference call.
1. Check the participants on linkedin - it gives you a better impression who you are going to be talking to and what their own role is. For example you don't want to ask HR about technical details of your work.
2. Get a good idea how big the team is and what they are working on - not always possible with big studios, but sometimes you can already gain some info in advance.
3. Check again the job description - know the information in there to not ask redundant questions and also think about what they might ask you in regard to it.
4. Have your portfolio by the hand - could be they want to go through it and ask you things about it.
5. Make sure you have everything by the hand that they might ask you to prepare - for example salary expectations.
Things I usually ask are depending on who I'm talking to:
HR only meetings are brief and usually pointless as they just repeat the job offer and present you the company - all information that you can gather by yourself. So the only questions I ask them are usually about the recruitment process and basics about the role they have in regard to the team.
When talking to team leads other artists - the discussions tend to be more technical, they will be checking your technical knowledge and you having a chance to find out about their pipeline and exactly what you would be doing there. You can also try and get an idea about the company culture or ask how the day to day life is going to be for you (are there daily stand ups? how do reviews work? what problems are they facing?...). You can ask if there is some additional software they might want to use or other specific things to working with them. To sum it up, these interviews are great to get a feeling of what working there is going to be like and if it involves moving to a different place you can also get an idea what to expect there.
You can also use these interviews to see what they have in mind for you mid to long term.
Like Alex pointed out they are just human, so just be yourself and talk to them the way you would with other people you just met. Be polite and not weird. Just use common sense. It is pointless to play a 'role' for an interview, since you won't be able to keep it up on a day-to-day basis once you start working there. So be yourself and also don't forget that just because you have an interview you don't need to take the job even if they offer it. Use the interview to get to know the place you might end up working at. Maybe its not even the right fit for you.
1. First research a bit about the company that will be interviewing you. You could potentially tailor your responses to some specifics about the company and what they do. Also the employer will generally appreciate if they can see that you've done some research on their company. It shows that you're serious about the job.
2. Have a list of questions that would most likely be asked and practice how you would answer them. Print them out if you need to. Do this the day before or the day itself as well but NOT shortly before the interview because (if you're anything like me) you'll just be amplifying your nerves at that point and you'll want to focus on just being relaxed as best you can instead. The point is to avoid a "deer in the headlights" situation when you're unprepared to answer what may actually be a very simple question. Basically you'll want to generally know what to say but don't have a script memorized as coming across as rehearsed is a bit off-putting. The most important questions are probably the "why do you want this job" or "why should we hire you" types. This is where some knowledge about the company may come in handy as you have some more material to build your answer off of. My first few interviews were quite embarrassing because I didn't have a proper answer to these very basic questions aside from saying something along the lines of "I'm passionate about concept art and you are hiring for this position...so yeah"
3. Try to remain calm shortly before the interview. Don't about think about what's about to come. Don't rehearse! I think the biggest stress is the anticipation just before the interview. Things should ease up as you go along.
4. If you're bad a coming up with questions on the spot you should have few questions at the ready beforehand for when the interviewee asks if you have any questions at the end. It just kind of shows you're actively thinking about potentially working there, I think. If they genuinely already answered all that you wanted to now, just say something along the lines of "I had a few questions in mind but I think you already covered all of them, thanks" instead of just "no I don't think so..." No big deal.