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UX Designer interview questions and answers

This UX Designer interview profile brings together a snapshot of what to look for in candidates with a balanced sample of suitable interview questions.

Daniel Howden
Daniel Howden

Daniel was a VP of Comms at Workable. He writes about the world of work. He was formerly with the Economist and Guardian.

ux designer interview questions

UX Designer Interview Questions

Methods for evaluating a UX (user experience) designer might seem obvious. You just take a look at the work they’ve produced. Certainly a thorough review of their portfolio is the best starting point. Setting them an assignment is equally important. Assuming that both of these are positive, the next step is to chat to them about user experience design itself.

  • Who are their role models?
  • Where do they go for inspiration?
  • How do they keep on top of current design trends?
  • What’s an example of great design (digital or physical)?
  • What books/exhibitions/conferences or communities do they attend or admire?
  • As a designer, what do they think is the most important aspect of their job?

What you are interviewing a UX designer, look for is an interest in design that stretches beyond the boundaries of their own specialisms. Are they aware of and capable of thinking critically about the design decisions that surround all of us in our everyday lives? A great user experience designer is thinking about improvements to these details. 

Operational questions

UX Designer Portfolio Interview Questions

  • Talk to us about your studies. Have you studied design?
  • What’s your current occupation/What are you currently working on?
  • Take us through a couple of your favorite pieces in your portfolio. What was your design process for these pieces? What problems were you trying to solve? How did you make a certain design decision?
  • Tell us about a project that didn’t go as planned and the reasons that led to it.
  • Do you have a side project you’d like to talk to us about?

Role-specific questions

UX Designer Technical Interview Questions

  • How would you define user experience UX design?
  • Can you speak to the difference between information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research?
  • When is it relevant to focus on one of these areas vs another?
  • Describe to us a basic user experience process. Would that process be different depending on the type of project, for instance responsive website versus mobile app?
  • How do you know that what you’re designing works for the user? Tell us a bit about personas and your approach to research and incorporating research in your work?
  • Tell us a bit about how you undertake user testing?

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Behavioral questions

Pro tip: Always include an assignment as part of the hiring process. Here are some additional questions to go through with the candidate once they have submitted an assignment:

1. Talk through your design process and some of your decisions.
2. What would you do differently if you had more time?
3. How do you decide when a design is done?

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