This week, I passed an initial interview stage with an established online retailer in the UK - I suspect competition is usually high for this business, even prior to COVID. I expected the design challenge would be tough, but not in this sense.
The design challenge was sent over, and the recruiter asked for it to be complete within 3 days.
The design challenge in short: design an entire application, including the checkout and payment process, for their partner dining company. I did a Google search, and the company isn’t hypothetical.
A few things came to mind when reading this:
- If I landed the role, would they always give me unrealistic deadlines?
- Is creating an entire application for an existing company, ethical?
- Are they serious about this role? Or are they looking for free labour?
- Do I want to work for a UX lead who sanctions such challenges?
Would love to hear your thoughts. Even if you tell me to stop moaning and just get it done