LTUX BOS: Demystifying the UX Interview Process

Since Boston is a college town, we know when the school year is about to begin as we start having more difficulty finding a seat on the T. As students flock back to the city, many ladies ending their college careers are simultaneously starting to prepare for full-time interviews.

To help soon-to-be college grads as well as professionals interested in switching to a UX career, LTUX organizer Clara Kliman-Silverand I spent Wednesday evening breaking down the typical UX interview. How can you best approach behavioral interview questions? What can you expect from a design exercise? How should you walk through your portfolio? As a group, we reviewed some effective portfolios together and shared informative anecdotes about particular interview experiences.

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In the second half of the evening, Gwen Betts and Anne Hjortshoj gave individualized critiques to those who brought their portfolios. Meanwhile, the rest of the group paired up to practice a mock in-person design exercise, involving designing a mobile application for various cruise ship scenarios. Each participant alternated between playing the role of an interviewer and an interviewee to get a sense of what it’s like to do an actual design exercise.

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Many thanks to Gwen and Anne for offering their expertise and to StartupInstitute for so kindly hosting us. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ladiesthatuxbos to stay in the know about all of our upcoming events and we hope to see you at our next meetup!


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