I hope that one of the more experienced here can help me out with this problem.
Recently I applied for a Junior UX design position. They invited me for an interview and sent me a design challenge which was basically “Do a redesign of one of our landing pages.” I did the redesign and went to the interview, where I got the feeling that the Design lead I was talking to liked my work.
Unfortunately, I still didn’t get the job and they hired someone else. But I did not have the feeling that it was because of how I solved their challenge but other reasons (probably lack of experience). So I’m now thinking about putting the work I’ve done in my portfolio since it’s a nice small project and shows that I can also work with already existing products.
But do you think that it would be smart to showcase work that didn’t land me a job? I mean, what if I get asked about the reasons to do this challenge by other employers and had to tell them “I did this for another job, but they didn’t hire me” – wouldn’t that paint a negative picture of my design expertise?
What are your thoughts?
Thanks very much in advance!