The other day, out of the blue, I got an email about a ID job opening at a company that is my absolute dream, and that I'm somewhat uniquely qualified for. I've known several higher level employees at this company for several years, including the director of product, who emailed me. I haven't even been considering changing jobs, but If I got this job I'd take it in a heartbeat. However, since I haven't been looking for a job, my portfolio, resume, etc hasn't been updated since I graduated college 3 years ago. Unfortunately, all though I have worked on quite a few products in the last few years, only a few have made it out to the market at this point. My best, most impressive projects are all still on their way to being out on the market.
I currently work as a industrial designer at a small design firm, the job I'd be applying to is a corporate job at a medium sized company (20-100 employees).
So a few questions: Can I include projects in my portfolio that haven't been publicly released yet? What about projects that were finished, but the client ultimately decided to not comercialize (so they will perhaps never see the light of day)? Also, what about including images/sketches/drawings etc from the process for various projects. I assume all that is covered under my NDA. If that's the case, and I can't include any of that, I don't have a whole lot to update my portfolio with. I'm considering including several school and internship projects in my portfolio, as well as glamour shots of several of the products that are out on the market. At this point (3 years out of school), would that be a major disadvantage?
I know I could answer a few of these questions by asking my boss, however I don't want to tell him I'm looking for other jobs, at least not until I'm a little further along in the interview process.