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Hey Reece, how are things going on over there? I hope it's not too bad as here. Have you worked on any personal projects? In my current portfolio, I have 5 works and 3 of them are personal projects. But still I've managed to attract recruiters to get interviews.
Right. I'm currently interviewing for full-time position and seeking for any other contract opportunities, basically trying everything I can. So have you ended up getting new work?
Yes, that's my point and that's what worries me the most. Now that we are looking at the huge economical recession, companies won't be looking at the extra workforces. So I was wondering how anyone in similar situation would go about minimizing the damage.
I was told that I have been a boring person when I was dating a woman... and she has still married me. I hope that the same thing happens at finding a job too.
Thanks Darren! After reading your comment, I've sat down and thought about how/where I'm struggling with during the interview. You know, looking at my own problem that I need to solve as a UX designer.
Firstly I think,
At my previous company that I've worked for more than 4 years, not all design process wasn't respected by CEO and I wasn't allowed to spend time on what he thinks are unnecessary - researching users, drawing user journey, and analyzing the outcome. I was mainly just involved in designing the solution stage to deliver the product as soon as possible so he can sell. All those design decisions are his to make; the app has the side menu instead of the top bar menu because he insisted and his supporting theory is because other big apps are doing the same thing. Interviewers would expect to know how I had approached to discover users, how I framed their problems and thus how I made those design decisions, but there are just no anecdotes and metrics to support my answer to those. They only live in my 'knowledge'.
I know that interviewers don't expect someone to be 'master of all skills', but would there be any helpful method to construct a good answer? How will I be able to show that 'I'm a user-centric'?
Often times, I have a difficult time understanding the interviewer's questions, especially when it's unexpected ones. Last time when I was in the onsite interview, the interviewer asked about my strategy to design, how design decisions came about. I have explained to them my UX design process, which they already know... I want to improve at understanding questions, catching the point, and politely asking them for more time to think about them. Probably only practicing will do, but would there be anything else that I need to look at or keep in mind to aid this problem?
Please excuse my long comment. I hope that I'm not taking too much of your time. I'm not expecting to be fully answered on everything, just writing down like this and your comment are already great help (especially when I'm prepping for 2nd round interview with the company that you are very familiar with..)
And if there are others who are going through similar struggles, please know that you are not alone!
I've just sent a message on twitter!
Oh, thanks guys for your replies! I've checked the designernews for a few days after I'd created this post and I couldn't see my post so I thought it's got filtered off or something. These are really great replies and made my day. Thank you!
That's really great point, thank you! Yes, it's about how I approach to answer the unexpected questions. Often times, when I face these types of questions, I kind of hurry to answer anyway, without trying to analyze the questions..
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That's precisely what I've been wondering. Are designers using it as a full design software or as a supplementary app for making bits of interaction like Principle?