22 February 2006

Misc: Graduate Engineer or Scientist Portfolios

After interviewing some engineering graduates, I noticed that hardly anyone brought documentation, reports or samples of their work to the interview session. It seems pretty strange to me because the interview is a graduate's big chance to make a strong impression, and giving us interviewers something to read or examine strengthens our rapport with the candidate. I suggest making a kit consisting of your transcripts, certificates, awards, reports or theses, pictures or samples of your software or hardware. Actors and artists always have their portfolios ready for interviews, so why not engineers and scientists?