Job Interview Questions

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Interview questions

Tell me about the project you’re most proud of.

  • What worked and why?
  • What would you do differently?

Give a personal definition of diversity and an example of how you've worked to be more inclusive.

Tell me about your experience making software more accessible.

  • Where do you gather your information?
  • What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned?

What do you know about [company]?

  • Do you have any experience with [enterprise software | content sites | marketing | primary product here]?
  • How are you setting your own time constraints / how are you at working in a constrained or tight schedule?
  • Are you comfortable working with a defined style guide or Wild West style?
  • Tell me about your experience with [Agile | Kanban | Waterfall]

What drew you into UX Design?

  • What do you see your expertise / What’s your super-power / What can you teach us?
  • What do you love to do?
  • What do you hate to do?
  • What do you want to get better at?
  • What’s your ideal way of communicating findings (researchers)
  • How do you face a really steep learning curve?
  • How do you go about learning a new system?
  • What tools do you prefer?

Ask about current position

  • What are the characteristics of your current job you’d hope to find here?
  • What projects have you led and tell me about your strategy?
  • How do you know you’ve achieved success?

Tell me about an opportunity you identified

  • What did you do about it?
  • Why/why not?
  • How did that work out?

You’ve always been consulting: what constraints would you remove?

If you could shape this role what would it look like to you? What’s your ideal role?

It sounds like you’ve had to handle a lot of difficult conversations - what’s your approach?

What’s your biggest ethical concern about [future tech | current tech | the industry]?

What questions do you have for us?

Phone interview questions:

Set time constraints and expectations for asking questions.

Tell me a little about yourself

What do you know about [company]?

  • Tell candidate about [company]

Ask about current position

  • What challenges did you encounter there?
  • Delve into anything interesting
  • How many projects do you typically manage at a time?

Understanding of the role we’re hiring for?

  • Does it match what you’re looking for?
  • Why this particular team?

How do you feel about joining an [emerging | mature] practice?

What questions do you have for us?

Tips

  • Ask for examples about everything. A lot of times even when you do, the candidates will answer with "Yeah, I can do that" or "Yeah, I like that", but you have to keep pushing for an example.
  • The Only Interview Question that Matters by Lou Adler on Inc.com discusses how the question "What single project or task would you consider your most significant accomplishment in your career to date?" opens up enough other questions to fill a 20-minute interview.