What is a Presentation Portfolio?
A presentation portfolio is compiled for the expressed purpose of giving others an effective and easy-to-read portrait of your professional competence. A presentation portfolio is selective and streamlined for the individual reader.
Using Your Portfolio During the Interview Process
Before the Interview
To use your portfolio as an interviewing tool, you will need to do the following well before the interview takes place:
✓ Streamline the portfolio so that it contains only the most pertinent documents, based on questions that you anticipate.
✓ Create a brochure that summarizes your presentation portfolio.
✓ Plan a response to each anticipated question that incorporates your portfolio documents.
Using your portfolio as an interviewing tool means that you will need to present it in a concise and thoughtful manner. To do so, it is necessary to think about the types of questions that will likely be asked in your interview. This can help you streamline the portfolio so that it is a compact picture of your professionalism. Then you will need to be thoroughly knowledgeable about the contents so that, as you answer the interviewer’s questions, you can support your responses with documents and access to them instantly. All of this can help you accomplish your goal in the interview – getting the job.