I believe the questions that we ask during interviews tell each other a lot about ourselves as individuals — as potential coworkers and team members — and a lot about our companies as a place to work and represent.
While conducting interviews for UX and UI roles, I’ve landed on a set of ten questions that that I’ve found spark compelling conversations while revealing a lot about the person I’m interviewing — and, hopefully, about myself as someone you might want to work with. I don’t ask much about specific tools: your portfolio shows that you’re capable at your role, and application-specific skillsets carry over well.
I’m sharing these questions because I think they can not only help candidates stand out during the interview process, they provide a fantastic opportunity for self-reflection and growth as individuals. It was only after first asking some of these questions that I realized I didn’t always have clear answers of my own. Do you?
Interview Questions for UX/UI Candidates
- What is your favourite method of collaboration or workshopping? Could you tell us about a session you found particularly rewarding?
- Could you tell me about a time you were involved in or lead a UX research initiative in the past? What was the most surprising thing you learned?
- Could you tell me about how you have worked to build trust in your working relationships with other team members or stakeholders?
- You may be familiar with the concept of tech debt, where a badly maintained or planned codebase gets harder and harder to work with over time. What are your thoughts around “design debt?”
- Could you tell me about a time that you felt a design decision was poorly thought through, or otherwise the wrong way to go?
- Could you tell me about a time that you had to navigate the “highest paid person’s opinion?”
- What is the most exciting thing you’ve created on your own?
- What are your thoughts around ethics in UX?
- How could working here help you build towards your long-term goals?
- What are the most important things to you to have in your team?
Disclaimer: These questions are not all my own invention — they’ve been cobbled together over time from a variety of sources that I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint today. If you are the original author of any of these questions, please get in touch and I’ll add credit!