I have an interview tomorrow. What to expect?

22 Jul 2010 - 10:38am
4 years ago
9 replies
1185 reads
faramarz
2010

Hi folks,

I have an early morning interview for an IxD position at a high-growth 2 year-old startup. The company produces a physical device, as well as the software that will function across multiple devices and platform (mobile and desktop). As fas as I know, i'll be reporting directly to the VP of User Experience and working closely with the other designers / developers. The culture is what you'd expect at a startup, small intimate groups. 

Anyway, I was hoping some of you designers and hiring managers can give me some pointers as what to expect tomorrow. My portfolio is all web-based  projects, but I have working knowledge of designing experiences and behaviours for mobile devices through the web browser. No native experience yet.

Aside from that, I just want to learn about your experience such as how do you present your portfolio, do you take a laptop with you, your attire (male here) and anything else that could help me prepare for this interview.

 

Thanks in advance! hope to hear a few responses.

Faramarz

Comments

22 Jul 2010 - 12:50pm
lisancsu
2010

I always create a ppt that highlights my work with screenshots and quick summary that I can talk to.  I also have links to the sites, original wireframes or other deliverables that I've created for the projects. 

In terms of attire, I don't think you can ever go wrong with the formal black or blue suit.

 

Good luck!

 

22 Jul 2010 - 12:52pm
lisancsu
2010

I always create a ppt that highlights my work with screenshots and quick summary that I can talk to.  I also have links to the sites, original wireframes or other deliverables that I've created for the projects handy incase someone asks to see it.

In terms of attire, I don't think you can ever go wrong with the formal black or blue suit.

 

Good luck!

 

22 Jul 2010 - 2:56pm
faramarz
2010

Thanks for your input Lisa! I've talked to an insider and she put me at ease in terms of attire and the company culture. 

Creating a keynote/powerpoint deck is a great idea! I'll do that for sure and will take two of my best case studies with me in a print form.

22 Jul 2010 - 7:28pm
Santiago Bustelo
2010

I always wanted to dress like an Amish for a job interview at a technology company.
I don't know if holding a pitchfork would be of help.

--

Santiago Bustelo
IxDA Buenos Aires

22 Jul 2010 - 8:05pm
monkeyshine
2010

Hi there. If you are presenting on your laptop make sure to have your material available on your hard drive. I'm amazed by how many interviewees assume they will have internet access.

Also, if this role includes designing for mobile and you don't have that experience, anticipate any questions and be prepared to bridge that gap for them so they are confident that you have a conceptual grasp of designing in that space.

Good luck!

Deanna


On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM, faramarz <faramarz@mazdaq.ca> wrote:

Hi folks,

I have an early morning interview for an IxD position at a high-growth 2 year-old startup. The company produces a physical device, as well as the software that will function across multiple devices and platform (mobile and desktop). As fas as I know, i'll be reporting directly to the VP of User Experience and working closely with the other designers / developers. The culture is what you'd expect at a startup, small intimate groups. 

Anyway, I was hoping some of you designers and hiring managers can give me some pointers as what to expect tomorrow. My portfolio is all web-based  projects, but I have working knowledge of designing experiences and behaviours for mobile devices through the web browser. No native experience yet.

Aside from that, I just want to learn about your experience such as how do you present your portfolio, do you take a laptop with you, your attire (male here) and anything else that could help me prepare for this interview.

 

Thanks in advance! hope to hear a few responses.

Faramarz

(((Plea
22 Jul 2010 - 8:05pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Hello Faramarz,   Here are some interview activities and comments.   1.  Quick design at the whiteboard.  I think that it is quite far to engage a candidate in a design dicussion and discuss ideas and see how one does "whiteboard" thinking.  2.  Jump into design versus understand users and needs and other requirements.  I once interviewed candidates for a senior design position.  I gave them a screen shot and asked how it could be improved.  I told people that they could ask me questions.  The best candidates asked about users, constraints, requirements, the context of use, and other things that would questions.  While I was interested in design ideas, what was most important was their asking good questions.  If you are asked to design something, you might ask about things like frequency of use, the environment, how much training people would get....

3.  Design alternatives - I went to an interviewed where I was asked to come up with a number of alternatives for a simple design.  The important thing was quantity, not quality.  4.  Research the company and understand the background of the key interviewers.  I respect candidates who have some idea about what my company does.  Read some reviews of the company's products if they are public.

5.  Most companies have a set of behavioral interview questions.  6.  When you are interviewing, give some credit to others.  When I hear the word "I" all the time when I know that the person worked with other designers, I get a bit nervous.  7.  Look into the competition for the products by the company.    Good luck on your interview. Chauncey

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM, faramarz <faramarz@mazdaq.ca> wrote:

Hi folks,

I have an early morning interview for an IxD position at a high-growth 2 year-old startup. The company produces a physical device, as well as the software that will function across multiple devices and platform (mobile and desktop). As fas as I know, i'll be reporting directly to the VP of User Experience and working closely with the other designers / developers. The culture is what you'd expect at a startup, small intimate groups. 

Anyway, I was hoping some of you designers and hiring managers can give me some pointers as what to expect tomorrow. My portfolio is all web-based  projects, but I have working knowledge of designing experiences and behaviours for mobile devices through the web browser. No native experience yet.

Aside from that, I just want to learn about your experience such as how do you present your portfolio, do you take a laptop with you, your attire (male here) and anything else that could help me prepare for this interview.

 

Thanks in advance! hope to hear a few responses.

Faramarz

(((Please leave all content below
22 Jul 2010 - 9:27pm
dantemurphy
2010

I wrote a blog post titled "How to Get Hired" that might be of interest.

http://oxbyd.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/how-to-get-hired/

Hope it helps, and best of luck.

 

Dante

23 Jul 2010 - 8:06am
bminihan
2007

On the "follow up" note, sometimes it helps to provide the interviewer with one or more solutions to a problem they mentioned.

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of dantemurphy Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 2:03 AM To: bjminihan@gmail.com Subject: Re: [IxDA] I have an interview tomorrow. What to expect?

I wrote a blog post titled "How to Get Hired" that might be of interest.

http://oxbyd.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/how-to-get-hired/ [1]

Hope it helps, and best of luck.

Dante

23 Jul 2010 - 12:11pm
faramarz
2010

Hi all, thanks for your input. I read them all this morning and they were very helpful. I just got out of the interview and now the waiting game begins. hehe

Reading all your responses and doing my own preparation, I went in expecting to be quizzed on every aspect of the process. It was a lot more graceful than that. Everything went smoothly, she was responsive to my portfolio.. and even the creative director poped in to ask me the type i was using for one one of the works. First I was dumbfounded, I think because he was so forward in asking. After a few seconds I realised what he's asking and told him the type, plus the exact point. The three of us laughed.

Today I realized i take this role very seriously. Maybe more serious than my (potential future) boss may have thought I would.

 

Thanks gain for your feedback. If I get the job, I'm taking you all out for beer (e-beer if you're far)

Syndicate content Get the feed