5 Interview questions for User Experience designer job

If you’re looking for a job or hiring for a UX position, below list should give you a heads-up in preparing yourself.

The list of the top five questions is searched and compiled by me while appearing for UX jobs and are shared by candidates on various social media channels (Quora, Glassdoor, Linkedin etc.)

1: How do you define UX design?

It is a generic question asked by many organizations to check practical domain knowledge of the candidate. It is a best way to tell a story around user while focusing on empathy and the significance of understanding the user you’re designing for.

User research, Usability, Interaction design, Information architect are the keywords you can talk about.

2: Tell us about your design process? What methods do you follow?

Another check point to gauge candidate’s experience which can be answered with less stress.

Start with your previous project or current (may be) and walk interviewee through the design process step by step. Don’t worry UX processes vary from project to project. Cover ups and down you faced while interacting with end user(s) and various process.

a) What Research process did you follow?

Tip : Talk about user’s behaviour, goals, motivations, and needs.

b) How did you capture information?

Tip : Talk about process like interview, surveys, persona making, user testing.

c) How did you sort and arrange the information? Did you do Wireframming/Prototyping? What tool did you use? How did you share it with the others?

Tip : Cart sorting, paper prototyping, low-hi fidelity prototype, various tools (Axure, OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, Invision etc. ) used to capture the information can be discussed.

d) Did you use any matrix or quantitative data? What analytical tool did you use ?

Tip : Use this tip if you’ve worked on any existing project. Talk about increment in sign ups, sales, or other conversions and back it up with metrics. There are a lot of analytical tools, Google analytics is one of the famous and widely used.

3: What is the most interesting problem you have worked on or any failure?

Beware! This could be a tricky question. It may put you into loop of various hard hitting questions, further to validate your design process and management skills. Also, note, it is a generic question. So, you don’t have to focus on UX only.

So, stick to the truth, don’t exaggerate. Talk about background in design context and hiccups faced while working on project. Walk the interviewer through problem statement to the solution you purposed. How much fun you had while interacting with end users (locally or remotely). Discuss your takeaway you learnt while interacting with cross functional team members.

Failure is a part of success.

Discuss three Ws: what/why/when things went into the wrong direction. We all make mistakes and learn from them.

Discuss failures, learn and embrace them.

4: What tools and applications do you use?

Every organisation uses a different set of tools covering various stages of design processes. So, tell him whatever tool you use.

Paper, Pencil, Stickies, Camera, Whiteboard, Axure, Omnigraffle, Invision, Sketch, Photoshop, Fireworks, Google Analytics are the tools used at the various stages of UX design.

5: Which Blog, famous personality do you follow ? And latest trends about design domain.

There are plenty of famous Blogs and UXers who are quite active in UX arena and publish their thoughts on various channels.

Here are the list blogs I follow:

a) A List Apart
b) Ux Booth
c) 52 Weeks Of Ux
d) UXdesign
e) Smashing magazine
f) Uxmatters
g) Nielsen Norman Group
h) Medium

There are plenty of amazingly talented and highly recommend people available online. I’d recommend these three gentlemen at any time. (BTW, they don’t need any marketing)

Steve Krug
Find him at @skrug

Don Norman
Find him at @jnd1er

Luke Wroblewski
Find him at @lukew

Talking about the trends, keep visiting above sites as they keep updating latest happenings in UX market.

Closing comments:

Be what you are, don’t fake.

Do your homework about the job profile, collect as much information as possible about the company and their services and updates (cue: latest updates on social media) towards design.

Good Luck! Happy job hunting.

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