how to design collaboratively in an interview

9 Feb 2011 - 11:56am
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Amanda Nance

This is an off-shoot of the earlier topic on giving a design exercise in an interview. Several people mentioned making this as realistic as possible; for example, if the design process is collaborative on the hiring team, it should be collaborative during the interview.

That makes sense, but I'm not sure how to go about it. (Maybe this is why Jared said it is hard to do this effectively.) Let's say that I am interviewing the candidate. It might be hard for me to be a collaborator on the design exercise since I'm trying to evaluate the candidate. So I could pull in one of the designers on another team to be the "collaborator." What should their role be? They need to sit back enough to allow the candidate to shine, but they need to be involved enough that it feels collaborative.

Also, would you use the same collaborator for each interview? I'm wondering whether it would be difficult for the same person to participate in the design exercise multiple times and appear that they are genuinely interested in solving whatever the problem is.

Thanks all! -Amanda

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