+$If you're a new graduate looking for a job, or even a seasoned designer looking for a new challenge, having an amazing设计组合+$is essential. However, employers are also looking for a personality that will slot in and work well with the team dynamic. We asked leading creatives at top design studios – the people who you might aim to be hired by, if you're good – to share what they look for in potential candidates.
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+$01. High Energy
+$“Energy and enthusiasm is important,” says Tim Beard, a partner at London creative consultancy图书出版+$. “Execution skills are always great to have, but other talents come first. We always want to see something that challenges us, or pushes us in a new direction. We don’t want to see guidelines and exclusion zones.”
+$“We look at who juniors are, as much as their work,” says Aporva Baxi, co-founder and executive creative director of London branding agencyDixonBaxi+$. “We look for passion, energy and a positive attitude; a drive to want to learn, and work hard, to develop their craft. We’re interested in their influences, and what they care about from a design point of view. It reveals a lot about who they are and how they might fit into our team. Chemistry is a big thing.”
+$“In a portfolio, we look for flair, originality and a distinct point of view,” adds Baxi. “With the tools designers have today, it’s almost too easy to make things look good on the surface. But it’s much harder to express a simple idea and develop a design or brand with a narrative that feels unique and surprising.”
+$04. Team Player
+$“We generally know by about lunchtime on an intern’s first day if they’re any good,” says Alan Dye, before going on to qualify that statement: “They have talent, they’re a people person and they get on well with the team. Believe me, if you want to get on atNB工作室+$, then you need to be bloody friendly, a great team player and be very, very talented.”
+$05. Wow Factor
+$“With graduates, and with all creative recruitment really, we’re just looking for great ideas that are well executed,” says Ben Brears of机器人食品+$. “It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. We just want to be wowed.”