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Preparing for UI Developer Interview

During my experience in UI-UX/Web field, I appeared for several interviews at ranging from a startup to MNC level of organizations. I interviewed around more than 100 candidates till now.  This led me to list down some vital points to remember while appearing for the interview as a UI developer.

When you are actively seeking for a job in a good company, it is important to be quite meticulous of what you are exactly looking for. While appearing for the interview, do take care about your personality, attitude and body language. Please be tidy, neat and very accurate in what you speak. Show that comfort level to the interviewer to build the first level of trust.

Creating your first impression:

Primary point of contact is your resume. A UX-UI developer's CV can be creative rather than a normal word doc file. If possible make a creative CV at least as a soft copy and send it to the HR/company you are appearing for. This generates a good impression in the interviewer's mind. Keep it precise and short so it is easy to understand and read. Do not list down all your projects in your resume, instead list just few best and recent ones and carry rest of them in a portable device or drive.

After your resume, comes your body language and attitude. It is good to wish "good morning" or "good evening" according to the time followed by hand shake. When asked questions, answer them to the point and do not tell stories unless required. Be humble. Be honest.

Define your role:

The very first thing is learn about your designation. Know your skills. I observed plenty of people who are really unsure about their own job profile. They just struggle to answer when asked basic questions like "Introduce yourself or your work" or "Describe your role in current company" or "What is your exact profile?"

It is crucial to clearly portray your job profile to the interviewer. Weather you are an expert Graphic/UI designer or a master of UI/Web development, it should reflect in your answers and body language. If you are a graphic designer, it is good to carry your portfolio in pen drive or your laptop, whatever is comfortable. As a UI developer, you need to represent your best projects and explain technical role rather than designing stuff. Here you need to define your actual design or development process or entire flow of the project and your key role in it.

Technical insights:

This is most critical round of questions where you need to show off your actual technical skills. Normal questions can be like "How you start a project?" "What is your work flow when given a mockup or wireframes?" As a developer they expect you to understand users, programmers as well as other team members. Show your empathy level and team spirit, how you communicate and collaborate with other teams effectively to achieve the predefined deadlines.

Another common question is about describing your most challenging project. Here you can tell little story. Mention the project or a task with adversity you faced and then elaborate how you overcome it. Select a project from which you could learn something new. This should reflect your troubleshooting and analytical skills. Emphasize on how you are eager to learn what's not on your plate yet. Learning is continuous process so when you bring out that, you will be well received.

Management and leading:

In most of the companies final round of interview is conducted by PM, CEO or Lead. Here you need to be tactful in your answers. Leaders and managers are looking for someone who can manage multiple tasks with least help from others. Also you need to demonstrate your products or projects in detailed when asked about "Tools you worked with" or "Projects you completed" or "Type of tasks you do in current company". This will show how much you are capable of understanding products or tools or process of your current organization as well as how effectively you can explain it.

Many a time there would be a question from them as "Why we should hire you?" or "Why we should select you among the rest?" or "Why you want to join us?"  Majority of people fail to answer this properly. Be enough informative about the company you are appearing for. Talk about their culture, co-workers or achievements whatever you could know about the company. Moreover, try to point out the things, for example, technologies they use as one of your major interest and how you will be able to imbibe it quickly. Talk about your progress, past challenges and where you want to be.

However as a fresher, this could be a tough question but here you need to show your readiness to learn and dedicate, willingness to explore and adapt which are important factors as a new joiner.

At last, your turn to question:

Well, most of candidates are deadpan when asked "Do you have any question for us?" Do not miss this chance. Interviewing interviewer is important too. This gives you insight into their work and culture, their work flow and processes. Prepare in advance what you want to know about the company rather being impassive on this. You should ask about their work flow, their team size, hierarchy, mentorship and project management strategies which will allow you to decide if you are the right fit for the organization. You can ask about design challenges they are currently facing and what they would probably like to achieve.

You may like to refer the huge list of questions for UX interview in this article.

All the best for your hunt!

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