UX Interview - Candidate Questions

Interviews are not a one-way street. Never leave the room without asking questions. Here's a cheat sheet. 

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Oct 11, 2023

Oct 11, 2023



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UX Interview - Candidate Questions

Before the Interview 

Gather info on the industry and company. 

  • Where is the industry going? 
  • What has this company been in the news for? 

During an interview 

  • Be well versed about the position and company 
  • Ask how much time you have 
  • Understand what the job entails and have suggestions 
  • Eye contact is key 


  • What are the prospects for advancement within the creative team? 
  • What are some of the typical projects? What is the turnaround time? 
  • "What is the most important thing I can accomplish in the first few  months? 
  • How would you describe the culture at ___? 
  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities? 
  • What sets apart an excellent one from an average one?

Hiring manager 

  • How do you deal with stakeholders with  strong perspectives? 
  • What is your superpower (excel)? What is your kryptonite (area of  improvement)? 
  • How do you reward a job well done? 
  • What are the common attributes of your employees? 
  • What are the things driving results at this company/team? 
  • How do you reach when a plan/approach needs to change? 
  • What is your management philosophy? 
  • How do you see the team growing in 1 year? 5 years? 
  • Where do you see the future of in the next 5-10 years? 
  • Ultimately, who has the final say? 
  • What do you wish you did a better job at? 
  • How is the relationship between creatives & other departments?

Project scope 

  • How do you know when a project is done? What happens next? 
  • What is going to be the biggest challenge in the first 5-6 months? 
  • What data is used to validate design? 
  • Hand-off process? 
  • How do you get into users' mindsets? 
  • How do you anticipate users' needs & actions? 
  • How do you choose what method to use for a particular project? 
  • What was the last time you had to change the plan or approach? 


  • Team structure? 
  • Who doe the team report to? Who does that person report to? 
  • Who ultimately has the final say? 
  • How does the team collaborate w/ PM, PO, dev, stakeholders, etc? 
  • What part of the process is the team most involved in? 
  • Where does the team need the most support? 
  • What is's plan to keep customers loyal, engaged, or consequently continue to generate revenue? 
  • How will this role assist in achieving this? 
  • What could I do in the first 3 months to set myself up for success? 
  • Are there learning opportunities at __? 
  • What attracted you to this company/role? 
  • Who do you think is doing a good job at [insert industry]? Who do you think is doing a bad job? 

Other team members 

  • What are you most proud of at ___? 
  • Give me an example of a time when you solved a difficult problem? 
  • Can you tell me the story of your prior success, challenge, or major responsibility? 
  • Tell me about your failure. 
  • What has been a positive influence in your life -personal, professional? 

Last questions 

  • Imagine we're sitting here in 12 months - celebrating a successful year- what did we achieve together? 
  • Can I get feedback on how I was able to communicate my experience? 
  • What can I improve on if given this job? 
  • Any advice? Book recommendations? 
  • What is your timeline for getting back to candidates about the next steps? 
  • I'm interested in this job, here's why I'll be a great fit..... 
  • Now that we've been chatting for XX minutes, what are some of your fears of me getting this position? (especially helpful if you sense it's not going well) 
  • What are the next steps in this process? 

If you don't get the job 

  • What advice can you give me so that I can be a better applicant next  time? 
  • What experiences did the candidate have that I lacked? 

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