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The portfolio you send is not the one you present

How to make your design portfolio work for you

When applying for a design role, the portfolio you send isn’t the same one you present at your interview.

The work you show may be the same, but the way you package it up at each stage should be different. To give yourself the best chance, think about the purpose and the context of your portfolio at each given stage in the hiring process.

The initial application

The purpose of your portfolio here is to get the designer looking at it excited enough to want to know more — either by inviting you for a Skype chat or an in-person interview. Design your portfolio for this outcome.

In-person interview

The purpose of your portfolio now is to support you during the interview. It’s you who’s being interviewed, not your portfolio.

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Stories by the people of Made by Many, a digital innovation consultancy.

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Adam Morris

Head of Product Design at The Economist. Previously at Made by Many