10 Interview Questions Every Designer Should Ask

You’re wrapping up your interview… almost off the hot seat, when this inevitable question comes up (it always does):

“Do you have any questions for me?”

The answer to this question should be yes. Always YES. Asking questions shows you’re invested, interested, and gives you an opportunity to really determine if this place is where you want to spend a majority of your time. It’s important to remember that an interview is a two way street — both you and the company need to determine if it’s a good fit and worth the time and investment to move forward.

But what questions should you ask?

There are plenty of sites offering advice on general questions everyone should ask. However, as a designer, I wanted to focus on 10 questions that add the most value from a design perspective. These should be asked of every interviewer as it’s always good to see if you get differing answers:

  1. Can you tell me about your current design process?
  2. Who’s responsible for setting strategic design direction in the company?
  3. What’s the most pressing design challenge here & where can I make the most immediate impact?
  4. What’s on the (design) roadmap for the next 6–12 months?
  5. What are the biggest challenges I’ll face here?
  6. Who are the key people I’ll be interacting with on a daily basis?
  7. Can I see a demo of your current product/solution?
  8. How would you describe the work environment?
  9. What do you like most about working here?
  10. Do you have any concerns about me or my design skills?
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About Craig: Craig is a Director of UX in Austin, Tx. He has experience as a design hiring manager for numerous tech companies and enjoys building & mentoring amazing design teams.

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