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Finding UX designers is a challenge!

The UX design field is still a fairly new environment. Training has only been available for a few years. And as user experience becomes more and more important in product development, sub-processes, etc., the need for well-trained UX designers is increasing. 

In Germany, we are lucky that a lot is happening in the field of UX design and that more and more people are discovering the profession for themselves. But: as in the whole digital field, it is really hard to find good new people. Young talent is still scarce.

From our perspective and also from our experience we can report: we recently finished a recruiting phase and found really great UXers. However, we hear very often that other companies find this incredibly difficult. Therefore, we want to share our tips on what matters in UX recruiting and how we managed to bring great talent to the team!

Good job postings

Autonomy, Training, and Impact. Dan Pink does a really good job, in our opinion, of describing the three pillars it takes to be motivated on the job.* In our job postings, we put a lot of emphasis on showing that and, of course, how we cover these three pillars. It's really more about describing how we work than what we work on.

Detailed job descriptions like "You need a degree in..." or "You need to have a good command of these 10 tools" are not our thing. Why? There is no such thing as THE UX education. Every UX designer has an individual curriculum vitae and very different experiences. It's hard to define THE requirements like X years of experience.

Mindset is more important than predefined requirements

Nevertheless, we can name a few things that are indispensable for us and according to which we try to sort and evaluate. The approach and the mindset are such factors for us. Whether the candidate has 5 years of experience with Figma or Sketch is irrelevant. These are things that can be learned. Also, tools and software are changing in the UX space.

The first interview is about finding out if the candidate has the right mindset and how he or she approaches complex problems. In our experience, technical competencies cannot be tested in interviews! In trial work, we find out whether the candidate is able to break down complex problems and explore possible solutions.

What else we can recommend to you in your search for good UX designers can be heard in the current podcast episode!

*Mentioned book: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink https://www.amazon.de/Drive-Was-Sie-wirklich-motiviert/dp/3902404957 

Published by Lisa on 2021-03-31

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