Take-Home Design Challenges

Ope, I don’t do take-home design challenges. Good luck with your search!

“The context in which the challenge is given (typically narrowly time-boxed and with only a little information and little support) is wholly artificial—and so whether a candidate succeeds or fails is not a meaningful indicator of actual practice. There is nothing you will find out in such a test that you couldn’t better learn through probing the candidate about their portfolio.”

Peter Merholz, author of Org Design for Design Orgs

“Challenges are biased against inclusive hiring practices. Teams are often unprepared to fairly assess the results. The exercises are rarely chosen to match the skills needed to do the job. They give heavy emphasis on visual design, and under-emphasize designing for user needs.”

Jared Spool, author of a lot of tweets