I have just spent about 12 months looking for a UX gig, and did heaps of UX assignments. I didn’t mind because I thought it would leave to greater opportunities. But none of them did. The business that offered me a position did one interview – just one, and no assignments. And they offered the best $.
You know what pissed me off about the whole assignment ordeal – none of those jerks offered a single bit of feedback on my work. I felt so used.
Here’s another story that some will find deeply upsetting. This wasn’t for a UX role – it was for a Marketing Lead role in a startup, but the principal is the same. This startup intentionally held off hiring someone for 3 months because they were getting so many good marketing ideas from all the interviews they were conducting. So many people had their time wasted. You know, these people took sick days, or paid for extra childcare to come in, and then offered ideas that would have cost thousands of dollars had the company got in a consultancy. Does that make you mad or what?