In response to the types of questions below, show project deliverables, timelines, photos, praise fromsupervisors, any awards earned.
- How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.
- Recall a time when you were assigned what you considered to be a complex project. Specifically, what steps did you take to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome? What one step would you have done differently if given the chance?
- What was the most complex assignment you have had? What was your role?
- Describe some projects or ideas (not necessarily your own) that were implemented, or carried out successfully primarily because of your efforts.
In response to the types of questions below, present artifacts that show your creativity and innovation.
- Have you found any ways to make school or a job easier or more rewarding or to make yourself more effective?
- Give me a specific example of something you did that helped build enthusiasm in others.
- Give me an example of a time you had to persuade other people to take action. Were you successful?
- Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your supervisor or professor on an idea or concept. How did you proceed? What was the result?
- Tell me about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company/class/organization was facing. What was the challenge? What role did others play?
You can also use your portfolio to wrap up the job interview by offering to show more of your work so the interviewer can learn more about you.
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- Satterthwaite, Frank & Gary D’Orsi (2003). The Career Portfolio Workbook>/i>. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Wortmann, Craig: Beyond bits and bullets: Turning strategy into action through stories. WisdomTools.
Randall S. Hansen, PhD, contributed to this chapter.