What does your web site say about you?

Published October 18th, 2007

Here’s a tip for anyone currently job-seeking in the web developer area — if you’re going to point people to your portfolio site make sure it’s a) working and b) not a complete embarrassment.

The company I work for is currently in the process of hiring web developers. An ad on Monster attracted a fair few responses, some of which were more interesting than others and so I and a colleague sat down to review the candidates and narrow down those we would ask in for an interview.

I was interested to note that one CV included not one but two web site URLs, and so out of curiosity I took a look. The first didn’t work at all (no response whatsoever) and the second was a Flash-based portfolio that was not only horribly dated-looking, but also badly broken.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the first impression you make is when you walk through the door of the interview room in your freshly dry-cleaned suit.

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  1. Elijah on October 19, 2007

    This is a great tip. In an attempt to add a future tip. When you hit the interviewing phase ensure that you have a website, peice of paper, or at the very least a thumbdrive with content to display the work that you can do. Too many times have I had developers/graphic artists tell me that they have a great portfolio, and when they are up for interview they have nothing to show. It’s a waste of time for both parties.

    Great point.

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