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Creative Director interview questions and answers

This Creative Director interview profile brings together a snapshot of what to look for in candidates with a balanced sample of suitable interview questions.

Christine Del Castillo
Christine Del Castillo

Former Community Manager at Workable specialized in employee experience, talent brands and our event series, Workable Ideas.


Creative Director Interview Questions

Creative Directors are responsible for developing the look, feel, and tone of a company’s brand and executing it beautifully and consistently across all available channels. Candidates for this position typically have deep experience in one or more creative fields. They may have been a Creative Director for their previous company, a Senior Designer, or a Senior Copywriter.

Your most promising candidates will have a relevant portfolio of work, a track record of successfully managing and developing teams, and data that demonstrates the effectiveness of their work. They will have great taste, sound judgement, and the excellent communication skills needed to guide creative projects from concept to execution.

It is critical to review work samples when hiring for creative roles. Be on the lookout for candidates whose work samples most clearly align with the kind of work they’d potentially be doing for your company. Some hiring managers also find it useful to include a “take home” test, such as redesigning an existing product. Beyond that, use the following interview questions to evaluate industry knowledge, leadership style, communication skills, and situational judgment.

Role-specific questions

  • Tell us about some brands you admire. What makes them stand out?
  • You’re working with an established brand. How do you develop a solid understanding of what it is and where it’s going?
  • You’re developing a brand for a new product. Where do you start?
  • What’s been the biggest creative challenge in your career to date?
  • What challenges have you faced in brand development? How did you overcome them?
  • Everyone needs time out. What creative work do you do in your own time?
  •  Tell us about your current/previous team. What are your team members’ roles and how do they work together?
  • How do you give constructive feedback to your team?
  • Describe a time you received negative feedback from your team. How did you handle it?
  • Describe a time you reduced work scope based on what your team could realistically accomplish?
  • How do you develop the skills of your team members?
  • How do you keep the team motivated in the face of tight deadlines?
  • What tools, books, or ideas help you in your day-to-day work?
  • How do you keep up with the latest creative tools and technologies?
  • Tell us about a time you had to introduce new technology to your team
  • Your most important client hates your latest work. What do you do?
  • At your current/previous job, how do you stay updated on consumer feedback, and what do you do with this information?
  •  How influenced are you by current trends?
  • How does your current/previous team handle analytics and reporting?
  •  Is it ever appropriate for design to overrule data? Why?
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