In many ways, interviewing for a product design position is not that different from any other role. In a few ways, it is widely different. Preparation goes a long way and will make you more confident.
Most product design interviews will ask you a few of the following questions, which are typical across industries.
It is essential to answer these questions in the context of the role for which you've applied. It is fantastic that you are a Capricorn and have three dogs, but how did you end up in this industry? Explain your journey with UX design. Everybody knows you've applied to more than one job, but what is interesting about this role at this company? Do you know people there? Have you used the product before? Is it an industry you've researched? It is OK if you don't want to work at the same company for five years, but under what circumstances would it be a consideration? Do you want to move into management or help build out a team?
In the same interview or a follow-up, questions will get more specific about product design and your fitness for the role. Some example questions include:
The most crucial aspect of your interview process is the portfolio review, and it is the best indication to your future employer of how you work and what you produce. Choose a case study you are proud of, and be sure to have these questions in mind:
Many interviews require a designer to participate in a whiteboard challenge. The challenge can take many forms.
Sometimes you are given a time-limited assignment to take home, and you deliver your solution to the team in person or over Zoom.
Sometimes you collaborate with another designer, engineer, or product manager on the spot, tackling a real problem with little to no preparation.
The whiteboard challenge can be intimidating, but your solution is less crucial than your process. Ask questions to clarify what the challenge entails. Explore opportunities for user research. Seek precedents for potential solutions, ask for feedback regularly, admit to your solution's shortcomings, and detail what iterations you would prioritize next.
Finally, every interview ends with an opportunity for you to ask questions. It would be best if you had questions for your interviewer to get the job. Research the company and role. Who are the company's main competitors, how many people work there, how quickly is the company growing, and how large is the design team? You could ask any of the following questions in this context: