Interviewing Experienced UI/UX Engineer!

July 29, 2019 posted by

what's up YouTube so today I finally have that ui/ux interview that I was talking about earlier his name is Trevor he is my former coworker he has a quite a bit of experience doing this he has a degree in like visual design and he started off in print but you can hear all of that from him in the interview this was a 36 minute long interview I chopped it down to be about 14 minutes hopefully you guys enjoy it this is a video in a series I interviewed my boss I did self-taught versus coke boot camp I did computer science versus Co boot camp and the next interview that I'm going to be doing is a student that is in boot camp right now so stay tuned for that but for right now let's go ahead and jump into the interview so this is my former coworker Trevor Hughes the UI UX guy and I want to ask him some questions for you guys because a lot of boot camps out there are offering UI UX iOS mobile development and web development and maybe he can give you some insight as to what you might want to do so Trevor could you just tell us a little bit about yourself how long you've been doing this yeah so I have a so I went to to college for visual communications in design this was back I graduated in 2002 with and my degree was specifically based around the history of graphic design and like general design principles like layout typography systems brand identity so my degree was very much you know in the fundamentals of design but really didn't have a lot to do with user interface through user experience so what was your first job doing UI UX like what was that like so my first job doing user interface work I was hired to do to build interfaces for online equity trading and so it was it was definitely user interface work but it was also a very niche environment where we were doing very heavy data-driven work you know there was a lot of tables of dense information there was a lot of charting there was a lot of visualization of you like you know like diversified portfolios and about how you know it's a given someone's you know given someone's investments they've you know they've got this much in stocks I've got this much in bonds they've got this much in cash you know so it was very it was it was pure interface design but it was also very data heavy so what are like your top day-to-day program skills that you use the the biggest ones I use now are probably Photoshop if I'm doing actual pure finished visual layout comps like there are other tools like sketch or experience design but I've used Photoshop you know in some capacity for nearly 20 years so I I can experiment with it really rapidly I can I can build up lots of subtle layer effects and I can get a visual design polished and the way I want it to you know very quickly without having to stop and think about how I'm going to code it I use illustrator an awful lot as well Adobe Illustrator or for wire framing or for like boxes and arrows type information architecture or workflow diagramming what is like the percentage of code that you do versus design yoicks right now it's probably 70/30 designed to code where most of the projects I'm doing I'm pretty heavily involved in in the concept phase like we have this problem we want to solve you know we need to manage these users or we need to sign people up or we need to do something that's a complicated workflow with multiple steps so I'm usually spending a good deal of time upfront diagramming out what those steps are going to be what the wireframes are going to look like how we block the content out then do individual designs and then you know once all of those things are are approved and you know depending on what we're what dev tools were using for that particular project if it's something small and it's just HTML CSS with a sprinkling of JavaScript I might go right in and write you know just right that from start to finish and then turn it over to development let's say like how hard is it for let's say one one to two years experience or maybe like less than a year experience to find a job as a UI UX do you think it'd be difficult and how much do you think would be a reasonable expectation to ask for in terms of like salary probably given that level of experience the hardest part is going to be getting past you know the initial application process like if you're applying you know if you're applying for remote jobs or even if you're applying the local ones you know through like an in deed or a LinkedIn or you know any other job search sites you're competing with you know dozens or hundreds of other people and you know many of whom may have more experience than that so if I can get a name of someone or you know make a personal connection with someone at the company I'm interested in working with you know like I'll do I I have done you know a lot of background research like if I have a position I'm interested in and I've got it all picked out I like to do background research on the company learn as much as I can about it and then see if there is someone maybe an HR and hiring department or in the design department like the creative director or an associate creative director who might have just a few minutes to talk with me about it and maybe they have an internal email address that kind of gets me past the initial layer and and gives my application a better chance of being reviewed and as far as the salary that's that really comes down to the market EURion I mean I know that that seems like a very non answer answer but I have seen wildly different numbers you know some as low as you know twenty five to thirty thousand dollars you know that have asked for a significant amount of UI UX experience plus information architecture plus some front-end coding you know upwards of forty five to fifty thousand entry-level that are a little more focused on you know just user interface or as a user interface and maybe as a junior UX person you know with you know coming in and learning the finer points of information architecture and and workflow diagramming and so it comes down to where you what market you're in you know use any means of intelligence gathering you can you can get you know I check on like last door or you know at meetup groups if people are talking you know just casually afterwards I mean that's always kind of a touchy subject like hey I'm interested in working at your company how much money could I expect to make but so you have to approach that with some tact but it really is just about you know just discovering what you can on the internet making personal contacts and you know doing a little bit of reading between the lines so for like a student who's like on the fence about being a web developer or UI UX because they like both what would you recommend that they pick if you really like both I think it comes down to personal evaluation which which of the two are you the best at like there's like I I sit right in the middle and do both but given the amount of experience I've got I'm definitely a stronger UI UX now I'm moving in the other direction so I would say you know of the to evaluate yourself honestly you know see what's of the – what are you stronger in and focus yourself there because it's easy to say like figure out which one you like more but like how they go about doing that sure maybe you know and then that's always the tough one what what I've done in the past is I'll give myself a task I like it of what a typical designers task might look like and what a typical developers task might look like like I might say okay we need to design and develop a simple like a simple react app for instance you know where we're gonna do something with the github API you know I was sold that I'll sit down and do design portion of it like how quickly can I design a good you know passable user interface and maybe some experience you know that you know that steps through the logical steps that thinks about the error handling that thinks about you know if this happens if you know if data comes back bad or if you know my my Ajax request fails like what does that look like visually and how do I handle that and see how long that takes me and how I feel about it so let's say a lot of designers have their own kind of style do you think that is a good thing or do you think that they should like just move on and do like material design like how Google and stuff are doing it you know like standardizing design basically I am a personal style person every day of the week and twice on Sunday material and bootstrap and you know and like semantic UI all of these minimal flats toolkits they have a place absolutely but the way I don't believe the web was meant to be homogeneous and sort of look the same and you can blame you can tell a bootstrap site you know just by looking at it you know once you've seen a few of them you can just pick out the one so that was done with bootstrap that was a semantic that was a material and and all of those things are well thought out and well put together that's not to to demean or discredit the work that's gone into them I use all of those tools as foundations for you know getting projects turned around quickly challenge yourself to bring some of your own personal style into it that still I mean obviously you know you have customers who are signing checks who have expectations that it meets their aesthetic so there there are limits that you have to work within but you know being able to bring you know your own personal sense of style your own personal sense of space a typography of layout and really letting those things shine through I feel like that is so important because that's what ultimately visual designers you know that's that's what customers are hiring paying them for is to do things that have originality that speak the appropriate voice for the customer site and the customers product this is a question Taylor wanted me to ask you and he's just kind of being he's being Taylor so he says isn't good design the same thing as UX know they are closely related but they are not the same briggs list i would not call that great design I would call that purely functional however as far as an experience goes it is absolutely spot-on there is no question links or links searches search the back button works you click on something you go to a detail it is very straight forward that experience is borderline flawless so what are like a couple like just like one or two typical interview questions that you get that always come at you I often get the one about time crunches like you have you know you have to deliver a complicated workflow experience that you know you've already you've already had a couple of runs at it and it's not what the customer wants the customers a little bit unhappy you have a short turnaround like the next day how are you going to how are you going to deal with that you know what are you going to do to speed up and compress your timeline your you're on a compressed timeline what are you going to do to deliver what the customers looking for this next go-round seeing questions start to crop up about accessibility and about front-end performance now and and usability that sort of sit between UI UX and front-end design the what I'm hearing about those is you know those are things that more and more businesses are concerning themselves with and are making a priority but developers usually oftentimes developers are busy enough you know just like getting data requests back and getting components bill and you know just getting the darn thing to function so what does the answer to the first question that you get what you do at a time crying and what is your answer to the second question that you get like how are you gonna fix these problems that aren't really yours so with it with a time crunch type problem hopefully and and this is is advice I will give to every UI UX person you know seasoned practitioner students new people is take a lot of notes an audio recording or something that you can go back to and hear not just what's said but how things are said because oftentimes customers you know they will say one thing but but they might actually be thinking something else and part of your job is to kind of take those things out of that hopefully you know I've made progress from the first run to the second run and got closer to where we need it to be and so then I can just pick up my second set of comps and then I can go into my third set and if the second set was completely wrong and the first set was closer well I'll go back to those it's like I won't if I'm under a time crunch never ever reinvent only just repurpose and remix there may be a couple late nights in there you know unfortunately with time crunches sometimes you know you're not gonna quit at five o'clock you might quit at five in the morning and catch a couple hours of sleep and then turn around and you know to keep a project moving as far as the second question like fight identify a problem and it was something that I didn't or couldn't specifically handle on my own but I knew it was a problem I would I would try to to orchestrate you know other call a meeting with the stakeholders you know with the business owner if they were available the project manager the probably lead developer and maybe the creative director no more than three or four people this is your video so however you'd like to to wrap up and it is fine with me I think we don't like we don't need like a formal wrap I can just end it and just make my camera overheated this is all we got and then that's it so the first thing that you might be thinking is does he stream and no he doesn't stream and that would be a really cool opportunity now just he just actually has a green background we've all asked if you thought this was helpful make sure to leave a like you have any questions or comments leave them in the section below I'll be sure to get to them if you want to see more videos like 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2 Replies to “Interviewing Experienced UI/UX Engineer!”

  1. Carmen Branje says:

    Photothop is the best way to show a client how your website will never look like.

  2. Mikey Black says:

    I'm in 11th grade right now and I want to know what classes I should take or possibly could take to get into some form of programming I have taken ap computer science and next year I'm taking cyber security what field would you recommend for me to look into cause I feel kind of lost when looking at all the possibilities. I am not really looking to go 4 years at a university and I want to get at least 2 years of college somewhere local. I've seen your vids on not needing a degree I just want to see that if I work hard enough will I actually have a chance at getting hired from pure knowledge and no degree?

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