I earned a BFA in Graphic Design many years ago (late 80s) at a very good school. I have had an eclectic career, including web design, illustration, logo design, print design, photography, videography and video editing, motion graphics, 3D modeling and animation.
Only a small portion (20%?) has been doing print design in a client based environment. Most of the past 20 years I have worked on my own as a freelancer, primarily web design and video with a little bit of print work.
I’m in the process of applying for a job as an in house graphic designer at a large non-profit. There would be a good deal of print work as well as presentations to in-house clients. I have just had the second interview and was asked about my approach to presentations. I fumbled a bit because I really have done very little formal or even informal presenting since my University days. I did not volunteer this fact and was not asked directly, but the interviewer (my prospective supervisor) clearly assumed I do have extensive presentation experience.
- Since presentations are a significant part of the job, should I have explained my lack of experience in this?
- Since I did not reveal this, should I let the interviewer know after the fact by email that this skill feels like a weakness of mine? Or that I am not very experienced in it?
- Are there resources to learn/polish the skills of presentation of concepts and design ideas?
The position includes video work, motion graphics, illustration. I’m very well suited to Misty aspects of the job. But am worried about this one aspect and fulfilling expectations if I were to get the job. I don’t want to start under false pretenses, if I accept an offer.