The AIGA/Aquent Survey of Design Salaries is the most comprehensive annual survey of compensation data for the communication design profession in the United States. It reports the actual salary ranges for design positions among AIGA members and related professionals in the United States. The survey is based on salaries in 2009, when many corporations and advertising agencies reduced staff and outsourced work to freelance designers. However, the good news is that nearly a third of respondents to AIGA's Confidence Survey of Design Leaders believe they will be more likely to hire new designers in this quarter than last.
The prep starts well before 5 mins prior to the interview and yes, even in advance of the night before.