This is a big one – so keep it simple.
Platform – Hard copy or digital? It really doesn’t matter, as long as the content and presentation are sound – you may want to pick your audience – some may prefer the traditional A3 portfolio to flick through, so if you can offer a preference this is even better.
Content – What should you actually have in your portfolio?
In essence the main thing to remember is BALANCE.
No matter what your level of experience or area of expertise, you need to remember that your portfolio is telling a story, so make sure you offer a healthy cross section of you experience and skills gained to date.
Even if you have done nothing but detail toilets for your entire career, you still need to select a cross section of the work you have done – from 1:5 details through 1:200, elevations, plans, project variety.
No matter what your experience, try to put yourself in the interviewers shoes. They have never met you. They do not know anything about you. All they know is what they need for their business. Know the role, adapt the content if necessary, but always provide a good solid cross section of what you have done.
Many Candidates omit certain types of work from their portfolio, which they deem undesirable, this can be a big mistake, and can lead to further questions about your capabilities. Just because you don’t want to be an AutoCAD Documentor doesn’t mean you don’t show any samples of your abilities in this area!
Presentation – This should be an obvious one, but let’s spell it out.
Make it look good. Think of yourself as a brand, font, colour, layout. Take the care to develop a portfolio that has a degree of consistency in its presentation, and looks streamlined.
Be prepared to talk about your involvement on the work you present – This is your big chance to talk about what you have done in an office and on a project, the level of your involvement .
Above all be interested, enthusiastic and honest. Whether you were part of a team or leading the project – play a straight bat.
Lastly it is a good idea to keep extra work on hand just in case – additional documentation packages etc. This gives you the opportunity to ask if they have seen enough, or offer to show more if needed – the response you get may help you ascertain what the Interviewer has in mind for you.
We hope the above tips help you…stay tuned for our next article – Everything you want to know about resumes, and more!