Tips & Resources for Portfolio Day 2020

Our first virtual portfolio day is right around the corner!

Here are some quick tips and resources to help get you ready for the big day:

Zoom Resources:

One minute Zoom tutorials on the following:

  • Join a meeting
  • Joining & Configuring Audio/Video
  • Sharing your screen

Online Interview Tips:

1. Determine the Best Hardware to Use

We recommend using a computer, instead of a smartphone or tablet, that is reliable with its sound quality, video quality, and internet connection.

2. Select the Proper Location for the Interview

The ideal scenario for your interview location is a secluded room in which you can shut out distractions (and noises), control the lighting, and display a generic background. Ideally, you’ll want to have some diffused lighting so as not to create shadows or glare, plus a plain wall as your backdrop.

3. Mute All Desktop Notifications

To reduce distractions, make sure to mute all desktop notifications.

4. Test All Technology & Make Sure it is Fully Charged

Test your connection. Test your camera. Test your lighting. Test your sound. Test the video program. Make sure you understand how it all works. And test it all again right before the interview commences. If assistance is needed, sign up for one of our Help Desk sessions!

5. Get Organized

With the recent change of portfolio day being virtual, make sure the platform you are going to use to show your portfolio (PDF, website, etc.) will work for screen sharing and will allow you to easily navigate from project to project. Your goal should be to have all of your portfolio materials for each project pulled together in one place and have it set up and ready to share before the event starts. This way, you don’t waste time in the review session looking for the project you’d like to talk about.

6. Schedule at Least One Run Through

Under as close to identical circumstances as possible, schedule an interview with a friend, colleague, or family member. Use this opportunity to test your technology and make sure your portfolio is displaying how you wish.

7. Have a Conversation & Remember Your Nonverbal’s

Speak in a conversational voice, just as you would in an actual interview situation. You might be tempted to look at the monitor or yourself but remember to make solid eye contact and smile at appropriate times. Make sure to have good posture and lean in a bit.

8. Dress Professionally

Remember, this is a mock interview, dress as you would for an in-person interview.


If you’re ready to put your virtual interview skills to the test, AIGA Cincinnati and Western & Southern Financial Group are hosting the EMERGING Designer Portfolio Day on Saturday, April 18, 2020. This is an emerging designer’s opportunity to receive feedback on visual storytelling and presentation skills from companies that are hiring in the area. Registration is free for AIGA members and professional designers reviewing portfolios, and is $15 for non-members. If you are interested in registering as a reviewer, sign up here.

All attendees must register in order to participate–registration closes on Thursday, April 16th at 8am EST. 

By Brooke York
Published April 7, 2020
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