Tips for candidates
This is crucial, first impressions count. Your CV and Folio (if you have one) are extremely important. People recruiting, be it clients or recruiters are time poor. Preferably keep your CV down to two A4 pages. Be precise and succinct. If there is a job description you are replying to, see that you tick all the boxes. Do not waffle, clearly state what you are, what you have done and what you are looking for. Keep it simple.
Online folios again should be short and sweet. They should act as a teaser, making the viewer want to see more. Therefore it is best not to show all initially. Save it for the interview.
This is a two way communication exercise. The recruiter/client is trying to find out how suitable the candidate is whilst the candidate is trying to find out how suitable the role/company is. The best way to achieve this is in a relaxed environment where people feel free to exchange ideas. In our view formal interviews don’t reveal much apart from how people handle formal interviews.
When people are relaxed they are more likely to reveal their normal self. This is what is on offer on both sides. This is what you want to know.
A folio presentation should last no longer than 20 minutes. We recommend that you focus on one piece in your folio and explain the thinking and effectiveness of the work.
For recruiters it is often best to show a range of work. For a specific role it is best to show what the interviewer wants to see. If you haven’t got that kind of work in your folio then create it. It is preferable that conceptual work looks like the finished item.