RE: A cautionary tale
I sympathize with Paul and I understand both your perspectives, but as a
manager, I have a different take. When I interview someone, I rarely have
the time, then and there, to give someone's portfolio the attention it
deserves and I often want my editor(s) to look at it and give me feed back.
So, I always ask for the interviewee to leave it. But, I arrange for it's
return then and there. What day they can pick it up, where, etc.
But, if I was interviewing for a job, I would be cautious about leaving a
portfolio myself. What to do?
I keep photocopies of a couple of samples as "leave-behinds." I've also sent them ahead, when interviewers wanted samples first. This seems to satisfy would-be employers without endangering samples that are one-of-a-kind.
Of course, you must choose such samples carefully. I designed much of my portfolio as a prop for conversation: "On this project, we reduced page count xx% and usability testing indicated we lost no information accessibility." Such things would be lost without my stunning commentary (tm), unless I wanted to write long narratives to go along with the sample.
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RE: A cautionary tale: From: Steve Shepard
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