How to prepare for a job interview – Part 2 : Talking to the Recruiter

This post is part of a series of post meant to help you prepare for your first job interview as a UI/UX Designers. To read part 1 click here.

I want to start by saying that most people are scared / anxious when thinking about their job interview. Having this in mind, one thing I can recommend is to write down all your thought regarding it and debunk them one by one.

For example : ” I am scared I won’t know the answer to a question.” First step, is to accept the fact that you are a beginner and you probably don’t know the answer to every question. Once you can accept your limitation we can think about how you can reduce the damage in a situation like this. One solution would be to tell the interviewer you don’t know the answer but you will look it up. Another one would be to ask for a hint. Sometimes they will also help you out with clues. Either way it is not a devastating thing.

The HR Interview

In most cases you will first have an interview with a recruiter. The purpose of this discussion is to learn more about your personality, aspirations, values and if you could fit in with the company atmosphere.

Now, most people go in thinking this is some sort of test, which is not. It is better for everyone if you act normal and polite. If this is your job interview, you can tell the recruiter that, to set expectations. They will probably try to make you feel relax so you can have a meaningful conversation.

Some things that a recruiter might ask you are :

  • How well do you adapt to new situations?
  • What role do you normally take inside a team?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  • What are some challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
  • How do you handle difficult people?
  • How do you handle negative feedback?
  • What are your strong and weak points?

Try answering honestly because it does no one any good if you lie. At the end of the day your will be setting false expectations if you say you are better than you are. The reverse is also true. State the facts and leave your own personal opinion aside.

Don’t forget to also ask some questions about the company. You can ask about the schedule, benefits or anything that you are worried about. Just because you are at your first job interview doesn’t mean you don’t have control over the situation. I believe it is very important to get to know your manager and colleagues before you make a decision to take a job. Those will be the people you will spend a lot of time with and will impact you career. Since you are at the start, a good mentor will have a huge positive impact.

If you know other people working at the company you’re thinking of going to, ask them to describe their experience there. Also people who left the company might have an interesting opinion as well. But don’t forget, every story is person and should be taken with a grain of salt. 😊

I know finding your first job in the design world can be hard so I wouldn’t be too picky in the beginning. Even if your first job is a crappy one it might teach you a lot.

I wish you good luck and if you got any questions for me please write me a message here or on social media 🙂