Supportive materials is a lost art in-person interviews in front of a hiring committee. These types of portfolio items go way beyond the resume. In fact, they generally present more information in an extensive manner as to what the candidate can offer. This can show a hiring search committee that the job candidate is not only serious about the position, but that they prepared for the actual interview process with full commitment, which is both refreshing and rare.
Unfortunately a lot of job candidates like to dance. And the internet has made it way too easy to submit for any job out there. Thus, when a candidate gets a “hit” on a job announcement that they submitted to, they leap forward without much research. They probably have about 10 resumes out at any one time during the search, which makes it less likely that they have studied up on the entire process.
Discovery Of A Candidate’s Acumen
The other component is that most hiring committees are trying to discover how much the job candidate actually cares about the position, since the committee doesn’t want to have to meet 10 times because candidates consistently turn down offers or decline to move forward in the interview process.
Portfolios are something different though. They take a lot of concise movement of time, putting together all accomplishments in a form that can be handed to each committee member. It helps separate the job candidates; someone who has something to present will carry more weight in the mind of the hiring committee than someone who does not.
Supportive Materials Enhance Resume
A one-page resume isn’t much to go on, especially when the details of what duties were performed at each job are cut to two or three sentences. Having a full color presentation of 10-15 pages complete in a plastic covering and with four copies to hand the committee will get noticed.
The cost of that portfolio is likely about $20, but think of the impact that the $20 gets the job candidate. Is it worth it to earn that job, especially if it increases the amount of money and duties that the candidate will have overall? Consider it worth skipping three lattes for one week, and the cost is covered.
When a hiring committee goes to decide on who they should offer a position to, a portfolio will carry a presence long after your answers to their questions may have faded. It creates a supportive utility for committee members to go back to. It may even impress them to consider the job candidate for a future position.
It’s about placing a great impression on the hiring committee’s minds about how prepared the job candidate was for the duties assigned. Supportive materials provide an effective window for just that.