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Job Interview: Sending an example of previous work.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by AntiHero84, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Distinguished Member

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    Aug 28, 2008
    Long Island
    Hi everyone, it's been a while since I posted anything on SF, but I had a career question and thought this would be a good place to get some answers.

    I recently went on two job interviews for a market research analyst position. During the second interview on Wednesday, I met with the VP of marketing and the hiring manager. Toward the end of the interview, the VP asked if I could send over an example of my work.

    Now, the department at my current job always puts a confidentiality statement on all of our reports before we create a pdf and circulate to other internal business units. This is mainly done to ensure that no one sends or sells our reports to competitors. I'm a bit nervous to send this new job something I have produced if it's been declared as "confidential" by my current department.

    My thought is that I would be alright if I took an early word document of a report I have written (prior to the confidentiality statement), black out any reference to my current company or a product, create a pdf, and send it on its way. That way they could still see an example of my work, but there would be no way to link any findings to a specific product or company.

    Do you believe this would be kosher, or would I be better sending something else?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Godot

    Godot Senior Member

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    People tend to respect others with integrity. I would tell the person that you can't violate your current employers confidence. That being said, I would draft something that relates to one of his current clients and see how that flies. This is easy for me to say as I have no idea of how much work this would entail. If you can do the work in a night or weekend then why not? If he doesn't like your work you'd be out of a job soon anyway. Good luck :)

  3. imschatz

    imschatz Senior Member

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    I can't see any reason why you couldn't use an early draft .. pre-confidentiality statement. Just a thought tho .. maybe use something a little older - something that's old enough to be irrelevant and as little value to your company today.

  4. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    Sep 28, 2004
    greater chicago

    I think that these are both acceptable. I'd probably do this - tell them that you feel uncomfortable showing them work that belongs to your employer, but that you would be willing to show it to them, while you were in the room, if you could black out details. as an alternative, you are perfectly willing for them to give you a subject and you will return work for them to evaluate.

    if somebody answered me that way, I would respect it.

  5. Huntsman

    Huntsman Distinguished Member

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    Jul 3, 2004
    I am not a lawyer, and this is not intended to be legal advice, but you might also want to see if you have confidentiality or similar provisions in your employment agreement, contract, or employee handbook that such disclosures could violate.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013

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