User Experience (UX) Design is one of the most in demand professions in technology today. With salaries of around $60,000 to double that for senior UX professionals, it’s not surprising that UX generates interest beyond its duties such as creative problem solving, among others. This has spurred numerous education options from self-paced online courses to 10-week, $10,000 immersive courses just to fill that demand.
But somehow, employers claim that they do not get the talent that they want. That some people look good on paper, but when tested – be it a portfolio presentation or a design challenge – they crumble. As someone who has failed three design challenges and *still* receives Dear John letters from past searches, let’s look at the UX hiring process today and see how we can prepare for it. What are the skills that we truly need coming in and how do we set ourselves up for success?
We may never get to influence the decisions behind closed doors. But we can control how to prepare for it.
Key Take Aways
- Who is the UX practitioner and why are they so in demand?
- User Experience vs. User Interface (and why it’s NOT “UX/UI”)
- The 8-stage UX recruitment process + actionable strategies for each
- The three major milestones in a UX interview loop
- Staying resilient amidst job rejections