Interaction designers in the sf bay area may remember a job post
(11/25/2003) for interaction designer at the sf office of cooper. <D Notice
2003 11 25.pdf>
Their application invites applicants to take their optional "interaction
test" with your application. As I discussed in this forum my background is
in graphic design and my work history in interaction is largely self taught.
I read the test and thought it could help my application. I have been asked
before by prospective employers to take tests. I usually decline, because I
feel that if the office can't tell the quality of a person from their
portfolio and an interview then a test is not going to make any difference
(and actually makes me question the management's understanding of what they
expect from their employees).
The cooper test says at the bottom "it should be fun" and it was. The test
was relatively vague with details of their expectations. I read the test,
imagined a possible solution, estimated the time to take the test, and set
time limits for myself. I wrote a proposal that I felt was a reasonable
examination of the problem and then provided a viable solution. While it was
nice to receive a thank you email moments after having sent my application,
it was a let down to not to get an invitation-not that I much expected one.
So, I'm looking at my site and see this test I posted for cooper. I think to
my self why not post it to this group. I made the effort to take it, its a
shame to let it got to waste when it is really only of interest to cooper.
A Friday distraction.
Take a look and drop me your opinion.
Some questions might be,
1) For you serious interaction designers, and you know who you are, read the
test and decide if you feel it necessitates a particular standard response.
Does my response satisfy this criteria?
2) The test does not indicate a time limit. I choose to time myself rather
then take extra time to craft my response. Simply put, based on my response
is thr test's challenge answered or should I have chosen another strategy
(and possibly taken more time to craft my response)?