The goal of an in-person interview is get a detailed understanding of how the candidate works (their process, decision making ability), the quality of that work, and how they work with other team members of the product development lifecycle. It’s also a great opportunity for them to learn our team and process.
Length: 3-4 hours Method: Multiple steps with different participants
Send Interview Portfolio Preparation Info to Candidate While scheduling the in-person interview, provide the candidate with a detailed breakdown of what is expected of the on-site interview. Often 3-4 hours.
The portfolio presentation is a chance for us to get to know your process and your design accomplishments. The presentation can be as informal or as formal as you would like.
- You will have 45 minutes to talk about one specific project, which includes questions throughout so aim for 20-30 minutes you individually presenting.
- There will be about 3-5 people present. The group will be comprised of the Director of Design, designers, engineers, and product managers.
- An ideal project is one that best illustrates your design capabilities. Ideally, we’d like to see how your experience is relevant to the challenges you would face at our company.
- Assume that everyone present will already be familiar with your resume. Don’t go over your work history in this presentation.
- If you were working as part of a team, clearly identify your contributions to the process and the final product.
- Don’t speak in vague, general terms. Use specific examples to walk us through your design journey from the beginning to the end.
45 minute presentation, 15 minute Q&A The goal is to understand how they have worked, their hard skills, and their ability to present.
Minimum: Hiring manager and engineer
Ideal: Hiring manager, engineer, designer, and PM
Product Designer: Questions to Ask Portfolio Review Questions
Time to understand their values and if it aligns with your team’s values.
Questions to Ask Onsite Interview Questions
Communication Skills Look for: ability to tell compelling stories to add the necessary depth to their work and that they have the ability to work through communication challenges.
Intentionality Look for: every design decision has an explanation.
Proactive (Self-starter) & Passionate Look for: always uncovering problems that they’re wonder why they haven’t been solved yet and then they attempt to solve them.
Humble & Collaborative Look for: extreme desire to be inclusive and acknowledgement that they don’t have all the best ideas.
Creative Spark Look for: high motivation and passion to leverage design thinking throughout their life
Goal: Get them to want to work with us.
Goal: Capture deep thinking and decision making, knowledge of patterns, velocity of ability.
Problems for Exercise
Alternative Take Home Design Assignment Only 30% of scheduled Internet installation appointments start on time with afternoon times getting as much as 2 hours delayed leading to frustrated personnel (longer work days) and customers (time expectations not met). Variance in installation times is impacted by many factors but the number one is house type - small family home versus low rise versus high rise.
How would you better schedule appointments for installers so they’re more likely to stay on schedule? Keep your ideas constrained to current technology abilities, preferably on mobile.
Please be prepared to explain your recommendation and how you came to it when we do our video interview. We will spend 30-60 minutes discussing it at the end of the interview.
Lastly, please time-box your work to no longer than 3 hours and make any assumptions you need to.
Alternative Reimagine and redesign an existing digital product of your choice that showcases your skills and abilities to solve a complex problem as a designer.
Goal: Understand their attention to detail Give your candidate the chance to assess what your team has done so far — and to articulate what they’d keep, what they’d change, and why.
Goal 1: Determine Fit Goal 2: Sell Company