1- How can I prepare to do a good interview?
- When you’re going to an interview, you have to research about UX, look at Google, look at blogs, go on LinkedIn, and read in the news.
- Write down 25 questions that you think you’re gonna get asked. This makes you fluid in responding to these questions and gives you great confidence. If you get thrown in any curveballs or any unexpected questions, you’ve got a bit of time to think about the answer.
- Also, concentrate on eye contact and the flow of the conversation.
2- What are the biggest mistakes that candidates make at interviews?
Candidates make a lot of mistakes. For example, they’re not making enough eye contact, talking too much, or not talking enough about themselves and their skills.
The real key to avoid most of the mistakes is to prepare yourself well.
3- What skills are most desired?
- Storytelling and visual design are very desired today. If you’re able to tell a story to your clients or stakeholders, you’ll help them engage with the visual design.
- Communication, diploma, and diplomacy are important when you’re talking with your stakeholders or internal teams.
- Awareness around commercial and business skills particularly if you have an industry specialism.
4- Who is hiring juniors?
Actually, not too many people.
Every year there’s the same challenge with graduates looking to get their first job. Agencies will not focus on your portfolio but on your courses, your practical work, your skills, and so on.
So big consultancies have got big graduate recruitment projects and this really starts to stabilize the market as those skills come up and clients directly have more of a capacity to train graduates.
5- Is a portfolio absolutely necessary?
You’ll NEVER have anybody say please don’t send your portfolio to me.
No HR person, neither a line manager nor a hiring manager ever asks not to send it to them. The portfolio is the demonstration of your technical skills. It’s about telling a story, how you present your work and what’s changed during a project.
6- How shall I choose which job to take?
You should be honest with yourself about what you’re looking for and what’s really important for you. List the things that are really important like culture, money, who’s in your line manager gonna be, what products you’re gonna look, what’s your portfolio gonna look like, the location, etc.
Think about all these things, grade them and choose.