What’s in and What’s Out
Randall N. Bartlett, IDSA | Auburn University
Knowing what to put in and what to take out of the portfolio and knowing how to conduct yourself during an interview has always been one of the top concerns of designers as they prepare for the first job or a new job. For the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to co-lead three portfolio and interviewing workshops at the IDSA National Conferences with Rita Sue Siegel, president, Rita Sue Siegel Resources, who runs one of the top job-placement services for designers in the country. Also, Robert Schwartz, corporate design manager at Proctor and Gamble and Bruce Claxton, design integration director at Mototrola, participated in the interviewing section of the workshops, both providing valuable knowledge about hiring industrial designers. At these workshops, we presented and discussed the contents of a portfolio and interviewing strategies. The attendees of these workshops, educators, professionals, and students have provided insightful information concerning the value of a portfolio and the interviewing process.
Knowing what to show and what to say is the key ingredient to presenting yourself. Having the right stuff in your portfolio will encourage confidence during the interview. And being confident in the presentation of your work and yourself is a major component of self-marketing. Before a solid connection can be made to what’s in and what’s out in a portfolio and an interview a few questions need to be addressed.