Exercises we use to interview designers at WeWork(medium.com)

almost 4 years ago from Artiom Dashinsky, Product Designer, Author & Maker

  • John PJohn P, almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful, just what the design world needs more garbage solutions from the dev world just as people who hire devs are waking up to how awful whiteboarding is we get loudmouths from the design world championing it. Even with a sodding Traveling Salesman problem of all things...

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    • Joshua HughesJoshua Hughes, almost 4 years ago

      Rather than angrily dismissing this, how about clarifying your comment by constructively suggesting a better alternative?

      As a senior member of a product design team part of my job is to help evaluate new candidates and understand whether or not they will truly bring benefit to the team. I see plenty of polished CVs and portfolios that make candidates seem great on paper, but in real life they're often quite different.

      One issue with relying solely on a traditional interview is that it's a weird environment to get to know someone. Clearly getting to know a person is a vital part of knowing if they're a good hire. Involving the candidate in more relaxed, informal discussions around a design problem can help everyone to relax and people's true personalities begin to shine through.

      Also, I see plenty of candidates who talk well in an interview setting, but when presented with a design problem it becomes obvious that their interview comments are based on theory - not experience.

      Surely it's much fairer to gain this deeper understanding of a candidate before offering them a position rather than hiring and only discovering the gaps in their knowledge when it's too late? In many product teams the designers are given huge amounts of responsibility and it seems only prudent to ensure that new hires are able to cope with that.

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