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Yesterday, I interviewed for a UX position, and I was impressed by the interviewee's attention. If you're planning to give an interview for a UX position, here are some areas that you can improve upon, along with some things that would be good to keep in mind.

  1. Be ready with your portfolio: A Portfolio is such a good ice breaker for me; it helps us understand the candidate's thought process and gives us a good insight into his UX awareness and capability to comprehend his thinking.

  2. Honesty: Please always be honest. If you know the answer to a question, say so. If you don't know, it's okay to admit that. But it would help if you were willing to learn and find the answer. Can you provide examples of how you have been updating your skills? For instance, mention any certifications you have obtained or any problems you have recently worked on.

  3. Focus on the process: I have told all my team members and group to focus on UX processes, not the output. Output can be wrong sometimes, but we, as interviewers, are looking at whether you are following the process.

  4. Ask relevant questions: if you have doubts, please ask questions; do not shy away; if you need some explanation on the task, please ask questions.

  5. Know the organisation: I appreciate one aspect of the candidate's approach: he took the time to study our company by researching our website and learning about our employees through LinkedIn. Therefore, it is essential to understand the company and the industry in which it operates, as this will enable you to communicate more effectively with the interviewer.

  6. Stay positive: Always maintain a positive attitude, smile often, and strive to learn from your mistakes.

I hope this information will help aspiring UX designers to achieve their dream. Please share your thoughts.

In the world of UX design, it is easy to get carried away with the desire to come up with solutions quickly. However, it is essential to realize that effective design requires a thorough understanding of the problem, not just a hasty execution. This is where it becomes essential to shift from simply executing tasks to exploring and understanding the problem deeply.

Taking a patient and curious approach is crucial in my journey as a UX designer. I have realised that quick and hasty solutions often fail to meet the design requirements. Therefore, I always strive to understand the underlying reasons behind each project before delving into the execution phase.

To solve a problem, we must go beyond the surface level and ask questions revealing the bigger picture. This involves understanding the business goals behind a project and the user's journey, including their hopes, frustrations, and context. We must also consider if the problem is really what it seems or if a more profound layer needs to be explored. By answering these questions, we can develop impactful solutions that consider both the business objectives and the user's needs. We should approach design as more than just aesthetics, but as a way to create experiences that solve real problems in a way that resonates with users.

This is especially relevant when we interact with stakeholders seeking solutions. Instead of immediately jumping into execution mode, let's shift the conversation. Ask them their goals, their research, their hopes and fears. Encourage them to explore the problem before jumping to conclusions. By guiding them through this critical thinking process, we equip them to be better partners in the design journey, leading to more collaborative and effective outcomes.

Let's adopt an explorer mindset not just for self-improvement, but also to create a ripple effect. We can improve the entire design process by replacing knee-jerk reactions with thoughtful inquiry. Instead of superficial solutions, let's dig deeper to address the underlying issues, bridging the gap between business goals and user needs.

Let's challenge ourselves to move beyond the "doer" mentality and embrace the "thinker" within. We should ask more questions, explore more deeply, and become explorers in the vast landscape of human experience. Only then can we design solutions that have a lasting impact.

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Recently, I was checking one UX portfolio and realised that many senior UX designers still need to make up their portfolios. So here are a few suggestions from my side if you want to highlight your work:

  1. Have your website - Even if you have a free version website, it's better to have a personal webpage with critical case studies than a Behance portfolio.

  2. Clickable prototype- Instead of sharing screens or video recordings of your product, share a clickable prototype link.

  3. Share critical case studies, including a well-defined problem, your role, tools and techniques used, process, challenges faced, final outcome, and learnings.

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