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#34 How To Stand Out In A Job Interview: Showcase Your Work Samples and Portfolio
The job interview is one of the most critical steps in the job-seeking process. It's your chance to make a good impression and sell yourself as the best candidate for the job.
So, how can you ensure you stand out from the other candidates? One way is to showcase your work samples and portfolio during the interview.
According to a study by The Creative Group, nearly half of hiring managers (48 percent) said they're more likely to hire a candidate who arrives at an interview with work samples or a portfolio. And yet, only 37 percent of advertising and marketing executives said job seekers actually do this.
Showcasing your work always speaks louder than words. By furnishing employers with job seekers' past work, it allows them to get an accurate grasp of their skillset as well as their methods and line of thinking. It also provides candidates with the opportunity to flaunt other top-tier examples of what they're capable of outside ideas from a resume alone.
Below are tips for incorporating work samples into the job interview:
1. Do your homework.
Review the job description and identify two or three examples of your best work that align with the employer's expectations. Customize your samples to match the company's style or industry. For example, if you're interviewing for a position as a web designer at an e-commerce company, bring along samples highlighting your experience designing user-friendly websites.
2. Prepare an elevator pitch.
Be ready to explain quickly why each sample is relevant to your interviewing role. This will help prompt a more detailed conversation about your skills and experience.
3. Remember digital copies.
Bring along printouts or digital copies of your work on a laptop or tablet if the interviewer wants additional copies later.
4. Know when to hold back.
Not every sample in your portfolio will be appropriate for every job interview situation – use your judgment to determine which will make the most significant impact in each meeting.
Hiring managers want to see what you can do, not just hear about it – so showcase your work samples and portfolio during your next job interview! Doing so will demonstrate your skillset, highlight your experience, and stand out from other candidates vying for the same role.
By following these tips, you'll be on your way to acing your next job interview in no time!