I’ve been going on job interviews lately and I’ve been trying my best to recall all the interviewing advice I’ve gotten over the years. One of the best lessons came from a former co-worker with years of experience in human resources. She shared that it was important to have a portfolio in front of you during an interview.
She explained that you should always have somewhere to put your hands during an interview. When you have a portfolio or a padfolio, you can rest your hands on it and look professional. Add in a fancy looking pen, and you’re sure to look ready for the jobs.
Having a portfolio with notebook inside makes you look prepared, which brings me to an important point: If you buy a portfolio right before your interview, make it look like you’ve used it at least once. Tear out a few sheets from the notepad and then fold the next few sheets back. Usually before an interview, I’ll research a company and take notes on the pad in my portfolio. I also write down any questions I might have about the company.
However, finding a cute portfolio can be difficult. There’s lots of black leather options out there, but in my opinion, those tend to look generic and a bit outdated. You can definitely find some that are more modern, but I wanted to share some options that weren’t run of the mill.
Good luck on your next interview!