I stopped to ask for a portfolio some years ago for two main reasons:
- I realized that most of the time the screenshots showed in the portfolio were not in sync with the expertise of the candidate, in terms of process and tools
- Very often the portfolio was showing the final output (pixel-perfect) and the entire design process was missing, so it was not adding any value to the selection phase, I was not able if the candidate was a UX and/or UI designer
At the moment I prefer to receive the CV and the cover letter. With the HR department, we agreed on sending a simple UX task the day before the interview. I found way more valuable this approach also because the candidate is more comfortable to start the interview with something that she/he already knows.
What about you?