Leave Behind

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by mojopixel, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. mojopixel macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2007
    Somewhere in Time

    I am in the process of applying for Graphic Design jobs and have been advised to create a leave behind as it is apparently good interview etiquette. What I want to know is what do people normally create for their leave behind?

    thanks for your response,

  2. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    I've seen packets, pouches, pamplets, booklets & cd's.
    ...or any combination of those.
    Something to help summarize your portfolio...and keep you fresh on their mind.

    (We went to a few design firms in Atlanta my senior year in college...and I saw a really neat portfolio with a few items packaged in a bubble wrap envelope. I always thought that was a neat texture to include in a leave behind, and haven't forgotten it since.)

    Another good tip...when sending your follow-up or initial resume, I heard that wrapping your letter around a hershey bar or other candy gets your recognized too. :) (Although...if it gets in the hands of a health nut...this could be bad too.)

    Good Luck in the interview process.
    I'd love to see what you do come up with.
  3. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    Your Conundrum

    I remember some time ago, a person scored a job by sending their resume in as a jigsaw.
    Perhaps you could make up a precis, cut into the jigsaw pieces. The recipient would remember having to make up the puzzle before they could read the thing.

  4. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Yeah that would sit on my shelf for a day and then go directly into the trash.

    Even a CD I think is a pain. Give them something on paper, and a url to back it up.
  5. mojopixel thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2007
    Somewhere in Time

    thanks for the response. I shall investigate further, especially your idea of the bubble wrap. On another note, if I were to put up a website, would I put all 12 pieces of my portfolio on it or just a select number of items?:)
  6. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    Having been on the receiving end of many such items in the past (marketing teasers, Leave Behinds etc.), can I just suggest one thing if you want it to be kept rather than discarded: no matter how creative you are in terms of materials, shapes, design etc., please let the whole thing able to be filed in a standard filing system (i.e. A4 / US Letter; sorry I don't know where you are).

    I've reluctantly binned very creative marketing material because it was oversized and just didn't fit in the drawer.

    OK, I realise that there's an opposite argument that you might want it to be unable to be filed and therefore has to be left out on the desk....:)
  7. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    I'd try to do something different but not something that would be too taxing on the mind, the jigsaw one would just get binned by me.

    I've recently come across memolio while browsing and thought it was quite a cool little idea. I'm toying with making a couple for a carry in the pocket portfolio/brochure.
    Could always do something like that with some info and pictures etc although 15 euro's might be a tad pricey if you need to do a lot of them :)
  8. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Never heard of a 'leave behind'.

    Your portfolio and you should do the talking. Gimmicky crap left at the end will likely backfire.
  9. macfearless macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    it's not so much a gimmick, as it has been done for years now. i could see how some might find it to be gimmicky, so I wouldn't produce anything too out there. I've seen some very creative ones before that are simple, yet effective. In my opinion it just shows a little more initiative.:)
  10. mojopixel thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2007
    Somewhere in Time

    thanks for the advice. I was thinking of doing a really nice business card and handing that over at the end of the interview; is there anything wrong with that? is it too boring?


  11. a cat *miaow* macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    I think using your time is better used making sure your interview technique is as good as it possibly can be is a much better use of your time.
    They have your contact details already, it's not a business meeting it's an interview – they don't need your card.
    There isn't a shortcut to making a good lasting impression...

    I think they probably scored a job by maybe... say... being good at what they do?
  12. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    That's just awful.
  13. zephyrnoid macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2008
    Geneva Switzerland
    I'm king of the whacky leave-behind, having been mentored by a very amazing graphic designer for so long. One of my most successful 'leave behinds' was a mini portfolio (4"X4") book dropped into a McDonalds take out bag. Inside, the client would discover a note on a napkin that I always hand wrote in preparation with a ballpoint pen.
    "Please hire me so I don't have to eat at McD's anymore !"
    That campaign landed me some very sweet freelance gigs and perm jobs too.
    No doubt, a few of those bags ended up in the circular file, along with more obvious leave behinds.
    Be creative, be daring and try to cut through the clutter of sameness to shock and awe your interviewer into calling you or better yet... grabbing your shoulder to look in your eyes and utter those magic words...
    "You're hired"
    It's all in the packaging.
  14. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    This looks like a cool item. Thanks for this link!! :D

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