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| I'm a little leery of accepting portfolios as showing me anything useful
| about a candidate because I believe I was burned by an alleged
| writer who, I
| believe, faked or stole his portfolio. When he got on the job, he quickly
| established himself as someone who knew far less than I expected based on
| what he passed off as his work.
| Probably I didn't do a good enough job of interviewing him.
| Certainly I've
| gotten better with my overall approach to hiring writers, but I question
| whether a portfolio really tells me anything about the person
| showing it to
| me. It seems to me to be too easy for someone to pass of work as theirs
| when they may not have done anything in the document.
| Has anyone else had this experience?
Well ... you can always ask for references at the companies for which the
portfolio pieces were (ostensibly) created. It's not always possible since
the original client/hiring manager may have moved on, but you can often tell
a lot just from the candidate's reaction to the question.