How To Land Your Dream Job As Art Director

I’ve got a confession to make: I hate interviews. Sure, they’re necessary to get your foot in the door, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t uncomfortable! 

I’ve been on both sides of the table when it comes to interviewing potential employees and interns.

So this list is all about how you can make sure that you’re being fully prepared for every interview as well as ensuring that every opportunity will be taken seriously by those who are considering hiring you.

Get To Know A Variety Of Sites

The first step is to get to know a variety of sites. You’ll want to know the sites that you want to work for, and also if they are looking for an art director (or anything else). Some sites will have more openings than others, so it’s important that you keep track of these things.

Once you have a list of places that might be hiring for the position you want, make sure you have good relationships with the people who work there even if it means sending them funny videos or engaging in conversations about their favorite TV shows. 

This will make it much easier when applying for jobs because they’ll remember your face and think “Oh yeah! He/she sent me pictures of his/her dog.”

Treat Every Opportunity Like An Interview

One thing I’ve learned while job hunting is that there’s no such thing as a perfect resume or cover letter. There are only good ones. And the best way to make yours good? Prepare.

Prepare by dressing appropriately, being confident and professional, being friendly and positive, being honest (but not too much), and being yourself (in a way that makes you seem like the right fit). 

Be ambitious but humble; kind but not over-friendly; supportive without trying too hard to be helpful and so on!

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Competition

You may be worried about the competition. You might worry that if you’re not the first artist to contact a company, they’ll hire someone else first. That’s true they could! 

But don’t let it get to you. If they have an opening, there are probably many artists who will apply for that job and some of those people might even be better than you are at what they do. 

Don’t worry about their skills or how much experience they have; focus on doing your best work and getting yourself noticed instead of worrying about what other people are doing or what others have done in similar positions before.

You also shouldn’t worry about what other people think, especially when it comes to landing a new job as an art director: don’t expect anyone else’s opinion on your work mattering more than your own! 

Our advice is simple: just do what makes sense for YOU, because no matter how much research or effort we put into preparing ourselves for our chosen career path.

There will always be someone who has already done something similar (or been successful at it) before us – so why bother worrying about trying to match up against them?

Pay Attention To Details

When you’re applying for a job, the first thing you have to do is read the job description. This is a great opportunity for you to get an understanding of what it will be like if you are hired. 

If there are specific requirements listed in the advertisement, make sure that your resume reflects those qualifications.*

Keep in mind that even though they want someone who fits into their culture and values, they also want people who can contribute something new. So don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Emphasize how your individuality makes you stand out among other candidates.*

A company’s mission statement helps define its goals this can help guide your preparation for interviews as well as help shape how much time and effort goes into creating innovative work.*

Show Your Personality

Your job as an art director is to connect with people and share your ideas, so you need to be able to talk comfortably in front of groups. It’s also essential that you interact with people one-on-one both clients and coworkers alike. 

You should demonstrate confidence, honesty, friendliness, and optimism when speaking with anyone from a client to anyone at all in the office. 

Be supportive of others’ ideas as well as your own but don’t let that inhibit your ability to tell it like it is when necessary. 

Finally, be helpful by assisting others even if it means taking their tasks off their plate so they can focus more on their work than administrative duties (which will likely happen anyway).

  • When it comes to interviews, come prepared and do your research.
  • Research the company and role you’re applying for.
  • Research the interviewer(s).
  • Research industry trends and competitors.

Try to connect what you learn about the company with your interests, skills, and experience. For example, if you love fashion design but never had an opportunity to work in that field seek out an internship at a fashion magazine or department store where they sell clothes. 

Or maybe you’re more interested in art history than graphic design join your local museum or gallery as a docent or intern (don’t worry if you don’t have any formal training).

Listen To The Interviewer, And Carefully Consider Each Question You’re Asked

When you’re asked a question, give it your full attention and take the time to think about your answer before responding. Make sure you’re being honest, clear, and concise in your reply, but also positive and enthusiastic.

If you’re asked a follow-up question or if there’s something else they’d like to know more about, don’t be afraid to ask questions back!

It’s always good practice to ask questions of people who are interviewing you it shows that you’re interested in the position and want to learn as much as possible about the company before committing yourself.

Remember That You’re Interviewing Them Too

This is a two-way street. Be sure to be mindful of what you can offer the company, and what it will want in return. The same goes for your expectations be aware of what you are looking for in the position (and where you see yourself going with this job?).

As well as what you don’t want (what are some red flags?) and what compromises are you willing or unwilling to make? Think about whether or not there’s anything that is non-negotiable for you, such as salary range or benefits package.

Prepare A Few Questions For Your Interviewers

When you’re at the interview, be sure to ask questions that will help you learn more about the company and position. Here are some great questions to ask:

  • What’s the vision for this department?
  • What projects are currently on your radar, and how does my work fit into them?
  • What do current employees enjoy most about working here?

How do you like to spend your time when not working on projects for this company, or outside of work altogether?  

If there is a good rapport between interviewer and interviewee (and there should be), then a little small talk can go a long way in creating an atmosphere that’s conducive to learning important information about each other. 

It also makes both parties feel welcome and comfortable enough throughout their interactions with each other that they’re able to share feelings openly without fear of judgment or ridicule.

Learn To Embody Company Culture When You’re In Front Of Your Potential Future Employers

In this day and age, there’s no doubt that you’ll have to do your fair share of networking to get ahead in your career. 

The best way to network is by being yourself but also fitting in with the company culture. It’s all about honesty, confidence, friendliness, ambition, and more. For example:

“Be yourself” means being willing to show off any hobbies or interests outside of work that may be relevant for the position you’re applying for or just interesting in general (or even something as simple as sharing your favorite ice cream flavor). 

You don’t want to seem like a robot you want prospective employers thinking “This person would fit right in!”

On the other hand:

“Fit into company culture” means putting on an act where you pretend not only that you love their products but also everything else about them (like their Facebook page). You should also look up every single person who works there before heading into an interview; 

Then ask someone who already works at this company how they think these people would describe themselves and what kind of person they’d like new hires like themselves who love working at XYZ Company most likely would be?

Think About How You Might Fit In At The Company Before You Go In For An Interview

Know what kinds of questions to ask. When interviewing for a design job, it’s important to know what kind of company you’re dealing with as well as their core values. 

For example, if they are focused on designing products that help people live healthier lives and make the world a better place.

Then be prepared to talk about your passion for making things easier or more convenient for people who may have physical limitations or who may otherwise need assistance navigating through life’s daily challenges.

Be aware of what makes sense from a business perspective: Whether applying through LinkedIn or directly through the website itself (or anywhere else), always check out the client reviews online before making any kind of action especially if there aren’t many comments yet!

Be yourself! Be honest! Be confident! Be friendly! Be optimistic! Be supportive! Be helpful! Be a good fit! Be ambitious, with integrity! Be humble, with confidence! Be yourself, with grace and kindness! Be the best version of yourself. Just be the best you can be. 

  • Be yourself!
  • Be honest!
  • Be confident!
  • Be friendly! (friendly is good)
  • Be optimistic! (optimistic is good)
  • Be supportive and helpful to everyone around you, as much as possible.

Don’t Be A Jerk To Anyone In Your Life, But Especially Not At Work Or In An Interview Setting

If something goes wrong, don’t make excuses for yourself; just move on from it swiftly and be better in the future.

There are lots of other things that can help you land your dream job as an art director: being ambitious with integrity; being humble with confidence; 

Working hard; being a good fit for the company’s needs all of these things are important to consider when applying for jobs or interviewing for them as well.


Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. You can’t go wrong with being yourself, so don’t worry about that. And if you’re having trouble getting a job as an art director? Well, then try looking into some other careers where you might be more suited for success! 

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope that this article helped shed some light on what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive job market.