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Imagine you are having a job interview with a senior UX designer who considers joining your team. This is a list of the most important questions this designer wants to learn about.
I highly encourage you to answer all of them, be as transparent as possible, and provide real examples. However, if you feel strongly against some of them, you can skip those.
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Design teamNotes
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1What is your design process?Methodology, variations, user research, etc.
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2How do designers collaborate with other teams?Reviews, presentations, designer to product/developer ratio, etc.
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3How is design team structured?Roles and titles, specialists vs generalists, team hierarchy, top design person title, etc.
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4What does the average day look like?Activities, timelines, expectations, number of projects per designer, etc.
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5What are the career path options?Typical career trajectories, internal moves, horizontal transitions, manager vs non-manager routes, etc.
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6What are the learning/growth opportunities for designers?Peer reviews, mentorship, workshops, conference budgets, etc.
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7How does the team measure success?Metrics?
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8Who are your target users/customers?
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9What business and user problems is the team solving?
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10What tools does the team use?
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11Do you have a design system?
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12What’s the hardest thing about being a designer on your team?This is probably the most important question to build trust with the candidates.
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13What is the interview process for a UX/Product designer?Steps, timeline, value each step brings, etc.
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Company
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14What is the company's grand vision and goals?3yr, 5yr, 10yr, etc.
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How does your company maintain and promote work-life balance?
Vacations, days off, holidays, shorter summer days, no emails after 6 pm, etc.
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16What does the company do to foster culture?Events, team building, etc.
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17What does the company do to support diversity and inclusion?Metrics, programs, practices, affinity groups, etc.
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18How does the company support flexible work arrangement?Flexible hours, locations, WFH, etc.
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19What support does the company have for health and well-being?Programs, memberships, health benefits, etc.
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20How does the company contribute to the sustainable future?Existing measures, carbon offset, zero paper policies, etc.
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21Compensation transparency: yay or nay?Compensation expectations in job postings, levels/ranges in public access, etc.
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