Interview questions: looking for the best way to hire a Product Designer?

We’ve compiled a list of interview questions normally used in an online skills assessment for a Product Designer role.

To hire a great Product Designer it’s not enough to ask “resume questions” about someone’s experience. The best way to predict performance is to test job-related skills by seeing how candidates perform tasks they’d normally do on the job.

In this skills assessment you’ll find interview questions that evaluate a mix of skills relevant to a Product Designer, including Research, Product Design, Collaboration, UI Design, Communication, and Teamwork.

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Product Designer interview questions

Question 1

Research

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Research

What role does data (qualitative and quantitative) play in your design process?

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Question 2

Product Design

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Product Design

Look at the following two designs. Which design is most correct?

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Question 3

Collaboration

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Collaboration

Imagine you’re working on UI for a new feature within our product. There is an existing design library with components you can use to build out the new feature, however you think that some of the components require changes to make the design work better, and to enhance the overall user experience. You’re not sure what impact this would have on the development time. What do you do?

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Question 4

UI Design

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UI Design

Please attach an image of a recent interface you have designed. (The following question will ask what made it effective, and what constraints were you working with.)

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Question 5

Communication

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Communication

In the interface you uploaded in the previous question: - What made this an effective design? (One sentence max) - What constraints were you working with. (One sentence max)

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Question 6

Teamwork

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Teamwork

Imagine being in the following scenario. You are a few days into a sprint. The tasks and scope of the sprint has been agreed on and there is no room for additional work. The sprint includes a critical feature for our product which has been requested by a key customer. This feature has a strict deadline in order for it to be released by the customer’s requested deadline. The Head of Marketing sends you the slack message below: How would you respond to this Slack message?

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Question 7

Product Design

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Product Design

Imagine you are in a planning meeting with a Product Manager and Engineering Manager at Airtable. You have all decided to work on the onboarding flow in the upcoming two week design sprint which will be followed by two weeks of implementation and development. In this scenario, spend no more than 10 minutes reviewing the current onboarding flow. Then record your answer as if you were reporting back to your team on what you would change and your design process for achieving this. - Keep your answer to maximum three minutes.

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