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September 03, 2007

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When I interviewed at my current company, it was an arduous, all-day affair with an hour-long presentation to the whole UX team and one-on-one interviews with UXers, management, and some technical folks. In my last one-on-one of the day, the interviewer asked me how the day was going. I said it was going really well, and there had been a lot of interesting questions and discussions, as opposed to standard, boring interview questions. He asked for an example of a standard question. I said, "Oh, you know, like, 'Where do you want to be in five years?'". He paused, and completely deadpan asked, "Where do you expect to be in five years?" I found out later that he liked me and voted to hire me (and had an unusual sense of humor), but at the time I thought I'd blown the entire interview right there.

So there's another piece of interview advice -- don't get cocky! =)

BTW, that was a good link. I'm going to use some of those when I'm interviewing people in the future. I particularly liked, "How do you keep your knowledge of user experience design and usability up to date?" That's an interesting and telling question.

I ask - Do you like Star Trek?... Seriously! I have done it twice in the last month and got a vehement no! I hired them too!

By asking that question, what I was looking for was a insight (from the potential employee) into how different people think. Empathy with others is critical to our work.

Actually, an understanding of our own habitual thought processes is really what I look for. That's where is all begins. If we can clearly understand our own experience then it allows us to put the shoe on the other foot and provide a client with useful critique of their technology from their customers point of view.

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