How to Use Your Portfolio in the Interview Process

An easy way to share projects and creative work is creating an ePortfolio either online or as a CD. Include projects, presentations, and other visuals to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments.

  • Support your response as you tell the story of your experience
  • Refer to the results and/or benefits of what you accomplished
  • “Show and tell” by including challenges you faced and how you overcame those challenges
    • How the challenge was handled
    • Your role and contribution
    • What went wrong and how you helped correct it
    • What you learned and how you benefited
    • What you would do differently

Organize Your Portfolio Documents

Prepare for the interview by arranging hard copies of your ePortfolio documents in an order that coincides with the job description or that places the most relevant illustrations and examples at the beginning.  Use a professional folder or three ring notebook to maintain the documents.

Use Your Portfolio in the Interview

During the interview direct difficult questions back to the examples in your portfolio.

  • Use the examples to support your response as you tell the story of your experience.
  • Always conclude your answers by referring to the results and/or benefits of what you accomplished.  Note: Use the STAR strategy
  • “Show and tell” how you accomplished something in the context of the question, including challenges you faced and how you overcame those challenges.
  • While the recruiter is looking at the example, talk about how the challenge was handled, your role and contribution (individually, as a team member, or as a group leader), what went wrong and how you helped correct it, what you learned and how you benefited, and/or what you would do differently if faced with a similar situation.
  • Consider using both a hands-on portfolio folder and a CD or online version of your ePortfolio. 

Provide Copies to the Employer

Be prepared. Provide a copy of your portfolio documents if asked. Protect your invention or idea by including only select pieces in the employer’s copy of your portfolio.

Use your Merit page . . .

  • to capture recruiter attention
  • to highlight major achievements and activities verified by the University
  • to support and validate your resume and ePortfolio documents
  • to strengthen your resume, ePortfolio, LinkedIn profile, and Facebook site
  • to share your accomplishments with friends and employers alike