I had my first UX/UI dev interview this week! I thought I’d just share a little about my experience.
The face-to-face interview consisted of brief introductions, some chit-chat, and mostly specifications for my take-home project. Nothing remarkable, but it was nice that this gentleman was thoughtful enough to work with my hours (I’m still a full-time employee elsewhere).
This take home project was two wireframes for a generic storefront – one a landing page and one a product page. He walked me though what things needed to look like and how they were to behave, especially on mobile. Everything was to be styled with Twitter Bootstrap 4, and there were to be no extra styles/stylesheets. I had four hours to do as much as I could, and to do my best work. There was more than four hours worth of work presented, and my interviewer said as much. I was also supposed to keep track of my time and what I worked on.
So, how do I think it went? Horribly. But that’s ok. Here are my thoughts on my performance.
First of all, I used Toggl to track my time. It’s nice and I like it, but for this exercise I could not stop seeing it as a count-down timer. Performance anxiety is real.
I chose to work on what was probably the harder page, in hindsight. It had four carousels on it, where as the other page only had one and text. Sonic facepalm.
While I am comfortable the Bootstrap, I am not proficient. This was a cool exercise to build a, oh, one-step-up-from-simple website using just BS. It can be done, but you have to know how to do it. It turns out, I don’t.
Also, I was told to do all my research on my own time, and to not track it. This kind of makes me nervous with this employer, since researching and troubleshooting solutions are about 95% of coding. I am hoping that this was just for this exercise.
Honestly, I probably spent 10 hours on this project, but only tracked 3 hours of coding and troubleshooting. Pretty sure I failed to satisfy the intent, but I got such a pitiful amount done that maybe I broke even. Oh by the way, it’s not done. At all.
But for all of that, I put myself out there for a job after just 8 months of teaching myself how to code. I was honest with myself and my interviewer about where I spent my time. Do I like the state of my project? Hell no. I’m embarrassed to turn it in as it is. But I am proud of what I have accomplished in 8 months.
This time last year, I was depressed because I hate my current job and I couldn’t see a way out. I cried every day because I felt like I was going nowhere in my life. Now here I am; not only is there a light at the end of that tunnel, but I’m close enough to feel a breeze. I also bought myself a Bootstrap 4 course on Udemy because, well… ;P