Shoaib Mahmud

What I learned from 100+ failed attempts to get a Remote Product Design job

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Intro


So, you are looking for a remote Product Designer job? It’s a great career choice! If you search on LinkedIn, you will find plenty of job opportunities out there. But first, you need to get past the interview stage.

 

I applied to over 100 Product Design jobs and had 12–15 interviews, but I only received 2 job offers. But through all that rejection, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to pass a UX design interview.

In this post, I’m going to share with you the most important things I’ve learned — and how you can apply them to your own job interviews.

Don’t think you deserve the job?
Apply for it anyways.
Publish it anyways.
Send it anyways.
Don’t self reject.
Don’t think your portfolio is good enough?
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The Importance of a Portfolio

 

UX design interviews are all about your portfolio.

Your portfolio is the key to getting a job in UX design. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have, or how well you answer interview questions. If you don’t have a strong portfolio, you won’t get the job.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your portfolio is up-to-date and showcases your best work. Don’t include projects that you’re not proud of, and make sure to explain your contributions to each project.

And finally, practice explaining your work to others. The best way to do this is by giving presentations or by writing articles about your projects. This way, you’ll be able to explain your work clearly and concisely, which is essential in a UX design interview.

The Value of a Strong Work Ethic

There’s no question that job interviews are nerve-wracking. But the key to success is to take everything you learn from your failures and use it to improve your performance.

Through all of my interviews, I learned two things: the importance of a strong work ethic and the value of continuous learning.

The first thing I learned was the importance of a strong work ethic. In order to be successful, you have to be willing to put in the extra effort. This means working hard every day and consistently pushing yourself to learn new things.

The second thing I learned was the value of continuous learning. The field of UX is constantly changing, so it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques. If you’re not willing to invest in your own education, you’ll quickly fall behind in this industry.

 

How to Present Your Work


One of the biggest things I learned was how to present my work. When you’re presenting your work, you want to be clear, concise, and engaging. You don’t want to overwhelm your interviewer with too much information, but you also want to make sure they have a complete understanding of your design.

There are a few key things to remember when presenting your work:

– Start with a brief overview of the project and its goals

– Explain your design process step-by-step

– Showcase your prototypes and how they were tested

– Summarize your findings and what you learned from the project

How to Answer Questions


The best way to answer questions is to be honest and straightforward. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or pretend to know things you don’t. It’s always better to be truthful and admit when you don’t know something than it is to make something up.

Another thing to keep in mind is that interviewers aren’t looking for perfection. They want to see that you’re willing to learn and that you have a growth mindset. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes — everyone makes them, and that’s totally okay.

Lastly, stay positive! Remember that the interview process is just that — a process. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the job, and there are plenty of other opportunities out there. Be upbeat and positive, and let your enthusiasm shine through.

How to Deal With Rejection


When it comes to job interviews, the stakes can feel pretty high. And when you’re rejected after all that effort, it’s easy to feel like you did something wrong.

But the truth is, rejection is a part of life. It’s not personal, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. In fact, rejection can actually be a good thing — it means that you’re challenging yourself and trying new things.

So the next time you get rejected from a job interview, remind yourself that it’s not a reflection of your skills or your worth as a designer. It just wasn’t the right opportunity for you. And there will be plenty more where that came from.

How to Prepare for a Design Task

One of the main things I learned from all of my failed interviews was how to properly prepare for a design task. This was something I was definitely lacking when I first started applying for UX positions.

The best way to prepare is to actually take the time to do some design exercises. If you have a specific design challenge that you’re working on, try to do it as realistically as possible. This will give you a good idea of what kind of questions you might be asked in an interview, and will also help you think more critically about your work.

Another great way to prepare is to read up on design principles and common UX problems. Familiarizing yourself with these will help you approach design challenges with more confidence and give you a better understanding of how to solve them.

Conclusion

Here are some tips to help you better prepare for your next interview:

1. Make sure you know the company inside and out.

2. Have a solid understanding of the design process.

3. Practice your design tasks.

4. Be prepared for tough questions.

5. Stay calm and confident.

6. Don’t give up — keep applying and networking!

 
 

Thank you so much for reading.
I’m Shoaib Mahmud, Freelance Product Designer at Toptal. I write about User Experience Design, Productivity & Happiness! I’m a Bangladeshi, living in Dhaka. Follow me for fresh content!

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