How to Prepare for an Awesome Product Designer Interview
Interviewing for a new job can be really rough. Often times the process is completely opaque. There are portfolio presentations, sample projects, hours-long on-site interviews, and questions designed to trip up candidates or find the fraudsters. That is, if you even hear back from your application inthe first place. Even though companies aren’t often asking about ping-pong balls in school busses anymore, the process can still come from a defensive, suspicious place. It’s less about attracting and energizing amazing candidates than it is about filtering out the bad ones. While I am a firm believer in hiring for role and values fit, I do believe there’s a better way than approaching hiring from a place of doubt. Maybe the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. Snapdocs is a technology company that’s reimagining real estate transactions by helping everyone involved in the process work better together. Our talent team already responds to every applicant, no matter what—we’re all people, after all. Someone who might not be a great fit today could be a trusted colleague a year from now when our business changes, so it’s important to us that every candidate have a great experience. But today I’d like to try something new—I’m going to share what every step in our process is, and what we’re looking for to find the best candidate. If you’re a strong, experienced designer who’s interested in the challenge of designing a product that makes real estate less frustrating and more accessible, I want to make sure you have the best opportunity to showcase your skill. Step 1: Introduction Your resume and portfolio are the ultimate design challenge. You need to know your audience, and what their goals are. The purpose is to give the hiring manager and recruiter enough signal, as quickly as possible, that your design skill and experience are a match for the role they’re trying to fill. We’re also assessing how clearly you communicate the context around your work and how polished the overall presentation is. ✨ Learn more and apply at https://www.snapdocs.com/careers The strongest candidates… Present a resume where form and function are in perfect harmony. A well-designed resume demonstrates attention to detail and visual design / layout skills. Communicate their skills, experience, and interests clearly and succinctly. Enough information to grab the hiring manager’s interest, and nothing more. Paint a complete picture for us. . If the candidate has a strong social presence (like a GitHub, Dribbble, LinkedIn, blog, etc.) working links are included. Weak social profiles (like a blank Dribbble account) are excluded. A strong candidate participates in the design industry and shares work and ideas they’re proud of. Design a strong portfolio website. Squarespace templates or custom HTML/CSS are both fine. Case studies and mockups are both fine. No images at all — great! The best portfolios showcase the candidate’s strongest work, and leave everything else on the cutting room floor. The best portfolios clearly show the context, considerations, and solution for the piece of work in a way that an outsider can easily and completely understand. Step 2: Recruiter call At Snapdocs, the recruiter’s first job is creating a great candidate experience. Your recruiter will work to understand your past experience, your ideal next role, availability for interviews, potential commute, salary requirements, and where you’re at in the process with other companies. This will also be your first opportunity to get to know our business and internal workings a bit. If you have a question about benefits, location, company structure, the product, etc. — please ask! Step 3: Meet…
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