Design Process
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April 22, 2024
September 2, 2023

Navigating interviews and joining the QED42 design team

Navigating interviews and joining the QED42 design team
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Compelling designs are capable of impacting and leaving lasting impressions. At QED42, designing has always been an exciting process. Ideas, theories, and endless possibilities have defined the team, which has grown leaps ever since it first was introduced.

Our team of designers includes UX strategists, UI designers, UX researchers, UX writers, and visual designers.

We believe in the idea of finding the right balance between experience and cultural fit. We look for people who are driven by design irrespective of their background. In this blog we’ll provide you with a sneak peek into how design team interviews are conducted at QED42, thus helping you prepare for a possible exciting career with us!

What to expect?

Our interview process consists of a talent acquisition call, a video call with the design lead/manager, and take-home assignments focusing on your work, how good you are at managing work/teams, how you manage time during multiple projects, reaching goals, synthesizing data and your level of creativity.

The Design Team interview round

Step I - The talent acquisition call

The search for the best creative mind starts with a brief 30-minute talent acquisition call with a recruiter. The purpose of this call is to get an understanding of your professional experience with a focus on what you bring to the table and your aspirations. You will also get some insights on how this position can benefit you and details about QED42’s culture.

Step II - Technical round

This is usually a 40-45 minute video call, with the design lead and other members of the design team. In this round, we would like to know more about your past work experiences focussing on problem-solving skills, UX thinking, and design thinking.

The design process is at the heart of the conversation where we would like to talk about what process you followed to get to the design based on your research, whether you were able to solve the business problem, and was the output impactful.

We expect you to provide a walkthrough of 1 or 2 projects that you’ve actively been a part of and contributed directly. The focus should be on different aspects that include and aren’t limited to - cross collaborations, stakeholder management, data and experimentation skills, and your method of driving the design process.

We will need an in-depth overview of where and how you were responsible for the project, from its inception to launch. We encourage you to keep supporting documents handy, i.e. - wireframes, sketches, approaches, mock-ups, and finished designs. This will help us to discuss and understand the process and details of the project better.

Dig in and go deep to provide all you’d like on team set-up, product context, your approach during each process, your contributions and ideas, collaborations, testing, and your overall ownership of the product cycle. We want to know the challenges, solutions, and outcomes of the project. Tell us more about what you did, how you did it, and what contributions you made.

At QED42, we like to know people, both for the experience and ability to adapt, so be well-prepared to engage in some Q&A sessions and fruitful discussions.

Preparing for the technical round

We would want you to create a deck using the given framework to showcase your project.

Describe the challenges faced and the metrics set for success. Give a brief introduction of your team and the role you played. Walk us through the research methods opted for (can include benchmarking, user interviews, etc), describe the pain points, and showcase the process and iterations.

In case there is validation and prototyping, we’d like to see those too. Explain how you worked with teammates and stakeholders.

Share the final output, and sum up the results and learnings while giving insights into how the user was impacted positively.

Case Study Presentation round

Brownie points

  • Show us your best work, one that you’re truly proud of and is sure to be engaging.
  • Provide a key flow or a few screens of experience that can highlight your design work.
  • Detailed description of the problem that’s been identified and tackled by you. Showcase the goals of the project and how you planned on solving them through your design process.
  • A well-structured approach to identifying the problem and describing it, providing proposed solutions and clear goals that connect to the actual problem and adequate data to support the decisions made.
  • Show your involvement in the research phase of the project and how you utilized the data gathered.
  • Show prototypes, and wireframes, and go in-depth with the same because you’ll be in conversations with product designers who would enjoy this.
  • Provide emphasis on excellent visual skills, and a good understanding of typography, layouts, and UX/UI.
  • Describe the testing process and what led to the outcome of the product.
  • Describe what worked and what didn’t work in your favour and what you could have done differently.
  • Reflect on how you quantified the success of the project and how you tested it.
Brownie points

Step III - Take home assignment

This step is level and role-specific, depending on whether you’ve applied to be a visual designer, UX strategist, or UI designer.  It mostly consists of a task that helps design team stakeholders make a well-thought-out decision and also to understand your process better.

 Take Home Assignment

Possible interview questions

Like every interview, our purpose is to get a clearer vision of what makes you a good fit for both the team and the organization. Our interviews are interactive, knowledge-sharing, and fun, it involves connecting with all the major design team stakeholders.

We’re attaching a document containing some of the possible questions that are usually asked in our interviews so that you can be well-prepared.

Design Interview Questions

Our questions focus on how committed you are to your craft and your work ethic. We try to understand your ability to work in a team, and how open you are to taking differences of opinion. While we look into how you might set into a team, we also try to gauge whether you’d be a good cultural fit for the organization.

We are excited to meet you and have you as part of the team. So, head to our careers page and apply for any suitable positions.

Written by
Apoorva Krishnaprasad
Senior Marketing Manager
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