How to evaluate a designer with a design exercise
Braden Kowitz

This exercise sounds like it’s more for a hybrid PRODUCT (interaction designer/visual) designer. I could see how focusing on the interaction side of design would be relevant to Google being an engineering focused company with an established design language already. But this would fall short for any other kind of designer. I would personally take the “Gotcha Tests’ results like a grain of salt.

FROM BUSINESS INSIDER: …bizarre questions certainly earned Google the reputation of having high standards, the company has since ditched that brain-bending approach, deeming it a useless way to actually judge potential employees.

“We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,” Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president of people operations told The New York Times last year. “How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

…Bock says that Google doesn’t care about expertise. Experts will respond to problems with the same solutions they’ve seen work a million times. A nonexpert will mess up occasionally, but usually they’ll come up with the same answer. And once in a while they’ll come up with something that is completely new. That’s how innovation happens.

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