Job Interview for UX Designer! Need a mentor! :)


#1

Hello everyone!!
I’m a Multimedia Graphic Designer and I will have a job interview for UX/UI next monday and I’m sweating a little bit!!! Actually, a lot! They said I will be given a test. I need a mentor that can guide me a little and maybe tell me the basics. But don’t worry! I am doing my part! I’m studying all I can :slight_smile:

All help will be appreciated!
Thanks a lot!

Paula


#2

Hi Paula, Welcome to the UX Mastery community!

Congratulations on your job interview!

Firstly - stop sweating the only thing that will do is make you smell bad :slight_smile:

In my workplace you only get an interview if you meet the selection criteria - I’d imagine it’s the same everywhere else so good job on getting one in the first place :slight_smile:

Did they give you any details about the test? From my experience, it’s likely to be a hands on activity of some description - something you can’t study for. If it is one those hands on activities, they’re looking to see how you think and what makes you tick.

In addition to your studying, I would be looking back over previous work tasks and analysing; what I learnt, what went wrong, what went well, did i have an impact - the ‘so what’ factor.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help you.

Ashlea

:slight_smile:


#3

Welcome on board Paula. Hang tight, I’ll send the big guns your way.


#4

Hi Paula, congratulations on making it through to an interview! They must think you’ve got the right stuff to spend the time finding out more about your skills, so well done. =)

If they’re including a test as part of the interview, it generally means they’re looking for someone with fairly specific skills (rather than a typical UX all-rounder), or someone that fits into their particular team culture. As ASHM suggests, this isn’t really something you can study for - you’ll either be who they need, or not. =) Don’t take it at all personally - you’re lucky not to get the job if you’re not the right fit. Nothing worse than being stuck in a job that isn’t right for you! If they’ve mentioned specific skills in the job advertisement then my guess is they’ll test for something related to those.

UX/UI is a pretty broad role description, and sadly often just a trendy way of asking for a UI designer. The fact that they’re including a test with the interview is hopeful that they also take the UX part of the role seriously, which is a good thing!

UX interviews/tests might be an hour or so long, and cover anything from a heuristic review of the interviewer’s own website/product through to a fictional design task (such as asking you to design an app for some sort of common task). There may be more than one interviewer (I’ve heard of six, but that’s a lot). They’ll often give you a one-page brief and also allow you to ask some questions before you get started doing some sketches, presenting them, and then iterating on them. They’re looking for how you can innovate, how you communicate, explain and defend your decisions and opinions, as well as get some insights into how you problem solve. Of course it’s not supposed to be a realistic project as it’s difficult to get a solid idea of the context in one session and you probably won’t have any ability to do user research or testing, but it can be a useful way for them to get an idea of how you work. They will take all of the unrealistic expectations into account - no-one is going to expect a full and perfect product as a result. It’s more about seeing your process and familiarity with UX design - the qualities of you as a designer-person, not necessarily the artefacts that you generate.

My main advice would be: do whatever you need to do to feel confident and prepared for the interview. When you’re there breathe slowly and deeply so you can be calm and think clearly. Don’t get too stressed about it, but give it a good shot.

I would also:
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[]Research the company, their team and their history
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]Bring in something that helps you tell your UX story - portfolio (hardcopy or on iPad), project artefacts, whatever.
[]Have a pile of stories on hand about other UX-related projects you’ve worked on (especially ones that illustrate process and principles)
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]Use the whiteboard during the interview, if there is one there (and if you’ve used them in the past and are confident using it during your test)
[]Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re doing ALL the talking, you’re possibly not listening or asking enough questions to engage the interviewer(s).
[
]Be real and let yourself shine.
[/LIST] Very happy to answer any other questions you might have before Monday, so fire away!


#5

Hi everyone!

I wanted to thank you all for your kind time to respond to my question :slight_smile: It was of great use. Today I had my interview and it was really funny since we didn’t even talk about UX! In the end, I was asked if I had worked with “Front End”. Never havig heard of that I said no, so I came home to figure it out. Searching on the net I came accross similar definitions and I’m not sure I understand it. Here is what I understood: Back End is the hard part of a web design or mobile, it’s the rough programing and coding. The FRONT END is what the user sees, the design. Am I right? If this is so then I’m not sure the lady who interviewed me actually read my CV since I do web designs and develop them.

Any help is more than welcome! Thanks! :slight_smile:
Paula