Let's cover a few basics.
Choose a portfolio that will accommodate a 17-inch-by-11-inch sample. It should be easy to carry (even in heels, girls). I prefer the cases that have the separate books inside. They are more versatile. Buy the best one you can afford because you will have it for years. This is no place to skimp. Just like your interview clothes, it is a reflection of your professionalism
Mount all the samples on black or dark gray paper. You want them to notice your samples, not the background. The mounting paper color should be the same throughout your book and should fit snuggly in a clear vinyl sleeves. You may choose to use spray mount, tiny pieces of double stick tape or a recently found favorite of mine, glue dots. Glue dots hold pieces in place and can be easily repositioned without damaging your sample
I like to put a red dot on my portfolio so I know which side is the front. This way I’m not flipping it around on the conference room table and getting flustered. Make sure that you have your name, address and phone number on your portfolio and extra business cards and/or resumes inside Last but not least, store your portfolio flat whenever possible. If it must be vertical, store it with the pages hanging. This will prevent the vinyl sleeves from rippling. Also, don’t forget to dust if off before you go on the next interview. Dust really shows up on the black.
A few great additional items to consider: an online portfolio, a PDF portfolio on CD or a leave-behind printed from your color printer, which includes small images of a few of your best pieces.
With these few preparations you will be ready to handle anything.
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