hi@michael.wang

hi@michael.wang

14-02-2020

08:15

I'm sharing the portfolio presentation, with commentary, I put together from last year when I was hunting for a job. Hoping that maybe someone will see it and get some ideas from it!

This was the exact deck I walked a total of 6 companies through, that resulted in 4 offers. You'll notice right off the bat the crappy illustrations... they're not my proudest, but it felt right in a pinch to inject some of my own style and personality into the presentation.

It was a great way to get a laugh from the interviewers, and I felt it gave people an idea of my sense of humor.

You'll notice I didn't go too deep into my background beyond my workplace history, I didn't tell my life story, and I definitely didn't talk about my childhood. I transitioned really quickly to what I thought my interviewers would care about: What I could do for them.

I wanted them to immediately start imagining what it would be like if we were to work together. I very explicitly call out the different roles that I have provable experience in, with some visual evidence.

As I'm going through this, I'm not reading off the slides, I'm narrating specific instances where I solely executed on the role I'm talking about, and specifically what value it brought to the project I was on.

I think this slide got a few chuckles, too. I think people liked that I didn't take myself too seriously.

I don't think a single interviewer knew what Tachyons was, or understood what the tool was that I built did, but I don't think it mattered: Again, it was about enabling them to imagine what I could do for their team. This slide accomplished one thing: it showed that I can code.

I leaned on the non-obvious roles that I played and leaned into in my career that weren't exactly design. And since this was harder to give visual evidence to, I relied on a quote from an appreciate colleague to demonstrate. ☺️

Case study time.

Back when I worked at @hugeinc I think we used to call these "impact slides." I think something really interesting happens when you use a consistent template, color palette, and contrast levels... then deviate from it drastically. *Boom* it grabs everyone's attention.

It's great to break up the monotony, when you want to drive a point home, or set up a teaser that will pay off later.

I'm switching gears here, and I'm changing up the color scheme and using another impact slide to indicate that we're turning the page...

But of course, we learned, and we developed new skills, and we made the product better.

Here's something I found frustrating when I was interviewing others: They would show me something I didn't know how to evaluate (I don't have all the context) and then basically tell me that it was good. Instead, I tried to include external validation from other perspectives.

As I'm going through these slides, I'm doing my best to tell a *story,* one that paints a call to adventure, the trials we faced, and in this case... the abyss. Being real when things just weren't going as planned and we were punched in the face.

I played this video in the background as I talked about why this moment was important in the history of our company. I wanted people to experience the epiphany and excitement that we felt when we realized who our customer really was.

People like to see process, so here is the development of an inkling of an idea to its execution.

I'm taking a break here! If people find this helpful, I'll continue onto my next case study where I dive into some of my work at @lyftdesignteam .



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