UX Designer interview questions

Ready to find your next A-game UX Designer? These sample interview questions will help you get the right candidates for your team.

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UX Designer qualifications to look for

A UX designer wows your customers by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure associated with a product. They look for ways to make a product more attractive, convenient and useful through innovative techniques. 

A UX designer also creates interactive programs that enhance a customer's experience with a brand, so they require a good understanding of coding.

This position typically requires a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Web Development, Graphic Design or related field.  

Keep an eye out for candidates who have:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A team-playing attitude
  • The drive to constantly learn 
  • An understanding of basic coding
  • A wide understanding of how a customer should experience your website

It’s also important to give your top candidates an assignment so you can better gauge how they will work within your organization. Ask great follow up questions so you learn how they work through the design process, make decisions, and how they work under deadlines. 

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

UX Designer interview questions

  • What are you currently working on? Do you like to do side projects? 
  • What are two of your favorite pieces in your portfolio? Explain your design process for these pieces. What problems were you trying to solve? How did you make a certain design decision?
  • Tell me about how you get to know the customer’s avatar in relation to the brand.
  • Have you studied design? If so, tell us about what and where you’ve studied. 
  • How do you pivot when a project that doesn’t go as planned?  
  • Define user experience UX design.
  • How do you test to see if what your designing works for the user? Tell us a bit about personas and your approach to research and incorporating research into your work?
  • What is your process for user testing?
  • Explain the differences between information architecture, interaction design, usability, and user research.
  • When should you focus on one of these areas versus another?
  • Walk me through the basic user experience process. Would that process be different depending on the type of project, for instance, responsive website versus mobile app?

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