It goes without saying that the interview is one of the most important steps in applying for a new UI design job – so it’s important to put some time and preparation in beforehand to ensure you don’t get caught out and end up talking yourself out of the job during the interview.
On this page we’ve listed the top questions that are likely to come up in a UI design job interview – and we’ve also noted down some helpful hints to give you the best chance of success.
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Q: What’s Your Favourite Aspect of UI Design?
An employer will ask this question because they want to get an insight into who you are as a UI designer – and what motivates you to work in this sector. With this question, there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer as such because the right answer will depend on your preferences as an individual. That said; whatever answer you give, it’s important to have reasons and previous examples to back your answer up. For example, if your favourite aspect of UI design is ‘user testing’, you could say that you enjoy this aspect of the job because you enjoy listening to feedback and watching how new users interact with your new designs. You could then go on to say that your favourite experience with user testing was when you worked with Client A because you received feedback B, C and D which helped you to improve the overall user interface and increase ROI by 5%.
By backing your answer up, you help to give it more weight – and you’re also giving the employer an insight into your personality – something which is important if you’re going to get the job at their company.
Q: What Do You Think The Future Holds For UI Design?
With this question, the employer is really testing your commitment to the UI design industry – and they’re also looking to see how knowledgeable you are about future trends and techniques and what you as a UI and usability professional think the next big trend might be. You should already be aware of some of the latest trends and techniques and where they might lead in the future – but if you’re really stuck, buzzwords like ‘microinteractions’, ‘device agnostic information flow’ and ‘design layered interfaces’ are hot in the industry right now so are definitely worth reading up on before your job interview.
Q: Tell Me About The Biggest Challenge You’ve Had In Your UI Design Career So Far
An employer will ask this question because they want to hear about what type of challenges you’ve faced so far in your career – and how you’ve overcome these to get to where you are now in your career. When answering this question, it’s important to fully explain the context and background to the situation, what the challenge was, how you overcame it and how you’ve managed to turn that negative into a positive in your career. For example, you could say your biggest challenge has been designing a new user interface for client A and it was a challenge because the brief wasn’t taken correctly. You resolved it by going back to the client, retaking the brief and coming up with a solution that met their objectives – and that incident taught you how important taking a detailed initial brief is with every client at the beginning of every project.
Q: If You Could Design Your Ideal UI Design Job, What Would It Look Like?
This question sounds pretty simple (after all, all you have to do is describe your perfect UI designer job!) but you need to be careful not to describe a role which is full of benefits and lacking in challenges – and you need to be careful not to describe a role which is completely different to the role you’re interviewing for in this instance. If you do either of the things above, you risk giving the employer the impression that you’re a candidate who wants an easy life –and the role you’re applying for now is nowhere near what you’d like it to be.
With this question, it can be tempting to just describe the role you’re being interviewed for – but we’d urge you to think again. Why? Because describing the role you’ve applied for is a bit cheesy and it can come across as really insincere which doesn’t leave a great impression on a potential employer.
With that in mind; when answering this question, it’s important to describe a role which obviously has some similarities to the UI design role you’re being interviewed for – but which reflects your strengths, preferences and skills as an individual designer. Why? Because this shows that the role you’re applying for is relevant – but that it’s not your ‘ideal’ job because it’s lacking a few elements and doesn’t necessarily play on all of your strengths as a designer.
Q: Walk Me Through Your Best And Worst Work In Your Portfolio In Detail
When an employer asks you to walk them through your UI design portfolio, it’s because they want to hear you describing your work in your own words and they want to see what emotions you portray when you talk about your own work and processes. If you’re struggling to choose the best and worst work in your portfolio, try and look at your work objectively and consider which work most effectively fit the brief and which achieved the best ROI. Alternatively, another way to approach this task is to consider which projects you did and didn’t enjoy working on.
Whichever way you choose to approach this task, it’s important to have reasons to back your answers up. For example, you could say “I think this is my best piece of work because it met the client brief and I worked extensively alongside a team of UX designers to ensure it complimented the overall user experience and journey”.
Q: Which Phase Or Type Of UI Design Do You Like The Most & Least?
Again, an employer will ask you this type of question to try and get an insight into who you are as an individual designer and what your likes and preferences are regarding the different phases that are involved in the UI design process. When it comes to the best answer for this question, again it all comes down to who you are as an individual designer – however it’s definitely worth bearing the job spec in mind to make sure you don’t put your foot in it. For example, if the main focus of the role you’re being interviewed for is creating wireframes and prototypes, it’s probably not a good idea to say that your least favourite aspects of UI design is creating wireframes and prototypes.
That said; it’s definitely important to try and be as honest as you can be when answering this question because it could come back to bite you on the bum if not. For example, if you say your favourite part of UI design is user testing (but you really hate it), the employer could end up tweaking the role to ensure it includes more user testing in an attempt to make you happy – not good!
Q: How Do You Deal With Conflict?
In the course of UI design projects, conflict with other team members, particularly developers, is pretty common as both teams can have conflicting views on what the right solution is – so it’s not surprising that an employer would want to know how you deal with conflict before they give you a UI job. Obviously the right answer to this question is ‘well’ – however, that’s not enough. The employer really wants to know how exactly you deal with conflict – so it’s always a good idea to throw some examples in of instances where you’ve had to deal with conflict in the past – but be sure to only mention examples which shine you in the best possible light!