Tips for Presenting Your Portfolio

Congratulations! You have a portfolio presentation coming up. But presenting your portfolio in an actual job interview can be just as challenging as putting the portfolio together. (If you’re still designing your portfolio, check out “The Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Portfolio,” Part I and Part II.) Once you have your portfolio prepared, let these tips help you feel confident in the interview.

Research the company. You want to be able to discuss the connection between the designs you’ve chosen and the focus of the client. Each client will have their own design problems, so what specific pieces of work show best how you can help them?

Go beyond the what. A potential employer will be able to see for him or herself what a particular design piece is (an ad, logo, etc.). You’re there to discuss is how it was created and how it helped the client. Clients want to know that you are there to help them solve their communication problems, so discuss how you have provided the best solutions for other clients’ problems.

Image: Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image: Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Don’t hide. Remember that in today’s world, any prospective clients have already seen samples of your work on your business card or website. They’re already interested in your design, so beyond the portfolio, you are also selling yourself. Make sure to let your passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm out as you discuss your work.

For more ideas on what interviewers are looking for when they ask you to present your portfolio, check out this AIGA article.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted February 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes like the design post.

  2. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Great Tips! Researching the company and industry is key to a successful presentation.

  3. John V.
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Awesome tips.. it helps for me in my current job.. thanks

  4. Posted February 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    You really need a portfolio.. any type of websites any type of graphic design.. anything that will show your clients who you really are.

  5. Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Hi all. I am developing web sites. And I think that you are right. Portfolio is the most impotant thing for web design studio.
    Thank you for your post.

  6. Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Hey ,Your guide is quite good and easy to understand.

  7. Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Nice tips … Thanks for the link to the AIGA article .. Good job!!!

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