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Have you ever wondered how to get your foot in the design industry’s door? Let me take you on a journey through my 17-year career – wearing many hats from a webmaster to a product designer. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned? Always keep learning.

The Trials of Design Tests

Throughout my career, I’ve taken just three design tests – not because they weren’t offered, but because I made sure my work spoke for itself. I would pour my heart and soul into presenting my work, explaining every tiny detail of my process. More often than not, this was enough.

But what about the times it wasn’t? Simply put, I didn’t invest enough effort into those tests. Sure, I had plenty of excuses – long commutes, family responsibilities, limited free time – but they were just that, excuses.

Navigating the Design Interview Maze

If you’re preparing for a design interview, here’s my recipe for success:

  • Showcase your best work: Your portfolio should reflect the job you’re seeking. Focus on quality, not quantity. The idea is to make your site look like a design case study. Need an example? Check out Google Ramayana by Fi.
  • Give it your all: Anything less than your best effort will show, and it could cost you the job. You’re the star of the show – sell yourself, and sell yourself hard.
  • Practice makes perfect: Brush up on your presentation skills and seek out constructive criticism. Remember, you’ll be spending a good chunk of your day with your future colleagues, so be someone you’d want to work with.

Impress with Your Design

The designers who joined our team wowed us with their in-depth understanding of their work. They didn’t just show us their designs; they explained the hows and whys behind them.

Looking for a place to showcase your design prowess? We’re hiring! Connect with me on Twitter @artofnor for opportunities or career advice.

To take your design skills to the next level, check out this free book for inspiration on presenting your design and explore Meng’s courses for a deeper dive into design and coding.

Ready to wow your next interview panel? Remember, it’s not just about showcasing your design; it’s about sharing your journey.