Ace the Design Interview: Strategy and Tips

Securing admission into the most prestigious institutes in India in the Bachelors of design course is a long process. Post your written examination, you appear for the studio test, followed by the final round, which is the personal interview.
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The bachelors of design course can be in any of these following specializations:
  • Communication design:
    • Animation and film design
    • Film and video communication
    • Exhibition(Spatial) Design
    • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design:
    • Ceramic and glass design
    • Furniture Design
    • Product Design
  • Textile Design:
    How you perform in the personal interview can be a make or break deal for your design admission process in the design course that you have opted for.
    If you wish to ace your design interview, you should keep the following points in mind:
  • Prepare Well:
    There are certain questions that have a higher probability of being asked in your design interview depending on your choice of course. Keeping the following pointers in mind will help you get an edge over other candidates appearing for their personal interview:
    • Prepare your answers to these questions
    • Prepare an example from your past experiences that validate you answer
    Preparation will help you boost your confidence and also help you in giving better answers once you are inside the interview room.Certain questions that you can prepare for design interview would be:
    • Why do you want to join this course?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • Why have you chosen this career path for yourself?
    • Where do you see yourself 5 years down the lane?
    • Why do you want to join this institute?
    • Which filed of design interests you the most and why?
Also, every institute takes pride in the education it imparts. It may prove to be useful if you have studied the Website of the institute you are giving the interview for and are clear with how the university can help you grow personally as well as professionally. This will help you in asking relevant questions to the panel regarding the course and curriculum.
  • Be aware of design as a field:
    Depending on which programme you are giving the interview for, it is important and useful that you do some background research related to your choice of career. For example, if you wish to pursue a career in animation and film design, it is important for you to know the basics of the industry and related fields. This may prove to be a huge talking point once you are inside the interview room.
  • You should be aware of current affairs:
    It is important to stay updated with current affairs, especially the ones related to your field. If you are aiming film and video communications design, knowing the recent developments in the industry may give you an edge over other aspirants. Similarly, for other streams too, relevant sections of the news and current affairs are crucial.
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  • Know your academics:
    For seeking admission in the design courses, it is also beneficial for you to brush up the subjects you had taken up in class XI and XII. You may be asked generic questions or specific questions from your favourite subject.
    If you are able to cover these areas before your design interview, it equips you with a lot of substance- related to both personal as well as knowledge based questions to ace your interview.
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