ovranesh wrote:Thats really great advice too, Mike. How did you manage to have enough time to set that up the table on the spot? May you give an example of what critical points you would want to lead to?
What about same style and multiple colorways? (for example 1 main design and the others SKUs of different colors and materials)
Along with the portfolio, Im assuming its obvious to bring bring the specs to compliment the final confirm samples...right?
Also what about a book full of the designers favorite sketches (projects that made it projects that didnt)?
I just told them to give me 5 minutes and asked for a bottle of water. Doesn't take long. Usually there is some dilly dallying at the beginning of an interview anyway.
I would also bring a packet of random sketches and just let them flip through it.
The points I wanted to cover were mainly around leadership, ideating and developing product around user and brand insights. I was intentionally abstracting it from footwear, but either way it works. I kept the focus on the people I was designing for and how the product solved a problem for them, fit into their life, and made a cultural connection between them and the brand I was designing for.
I'd also try to work in anecdotal examples of a challenging product, a project where I failed but show what I learned, a challenging team situation and how it was dealt with... they are going to ask that stuff anyway. Work it in to a broader story on your own terms vs having the question put upon you.
I always had the process documentation in the back pocket, but most people don't need to see that multiple times.
Remember, a portfolio and an interview are just a vehicle. If you are there, chances are they feel you have the skills. Now it is about personality, attitude, and group dynamics. Make it a conversation.