Top 20 UX Interview Questions
I have compiled a list of the most common interview questions that UX Designers have been asked over the last 6 months. These have been sourced from candidates interviewing across all levels; from entry level right through to Head of UX.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but with an ever- increasing amount of competition in the industry for top-level roles, I hope that these will help you when preparing for an interview. The following questions have been asked within a mixture of interviews at start-ups, agencies and in-house brands.
- How would you define User Experience?
- Interviewer describes a current project, for example, a mobile app they are designing for a large travel brand. After giving you insight into the project and client, they ask you how you’d approach the design and what process you would follow.
- Who are our main competitors? What do you think differentiates us from them?
- What do you think about our current product X? Or if it’s an agency what do you know about our recent project with client Y?
- Have you got experience of working in an Agile process? How so?
- What design tools do you use?
- Give me an example of a usability study you’ve conducted. Briefly talk me through your process and findings.
- Talk me through a complex project you worked on that required problem-solving skills.
- What would you do if you were told there isn’t enough time and/or budget to conduct user research on a project?
- Do you work better in a team or on your own?
- How do you work with Product Managers / Engineers / Creatives?
- Which blogs/books do you read? Do you attend UX/industry events? If so, which ones?
- Who inspires you in the UX industry?
- Early stage start-up example: why should I let you work on our app? What can you bring to the team?
- Why do you want to work for this specific company? What would you do if your current employer was to make an attractive counter-offer to encourage you to stay?
- Why should I hire you?
- What is your favourite app/website and why?
- Talk me through a time when a stakeholder disagreed with or disliked your design. How did you deal with this feedback?
- Talk me through your design process. Another way this may be asked is ‘talk me through a relevant project that you’ve worked on recently’ in which case you should describe your UX process. (Quick tip: hiring managers like to hear specific details about the brief/project, your specific role in the project/team, any challenges you had and the UX process you followed. Give context into the design process without just listing the deliverables as this will make it more engaging).
- Be ready for one or two curveball questions such as;
- design a swimming pool for my new house
- how would you explain what UX Design is to a 10-year-old?
- sketch a drawing of a tree
Quick tip: these questions are thrown in not only to test how you react under pressure, but also to see if you have a UCD approach to something trivial. For example, if you’re asked to design a swimming pool ask lots of questions first no matter how silly it sounds. You’ll be better equipped once you know who it’s for, why it is needed, where it will be situated etc. and you’ll show that you always put the user first before putting pen to paper.
Have you had any UX interview questions that you weren’t expecting / prepared for recently? If you have any questions that you think should be added to the list please get in touch!