Questions to Ask in a Design House Interview

I’ve been on the design house scene for the better part of a year now. As a new team member joins the company today, it brings to mind some questions I wish I would have asked prospective employers during my interview:

  • How often do developers get new workstations?
  • Do your devs have dual HD monitors?
  • How would you rate your office internet access on a scale of 1-10?
  • What does the process of reporting weekly time look like? Can I watch someone enter their time right now?
  • What versioning system will I be required to use for each project, if any?
  • What training & professional development resources do you offer? Does this include attending conferences?
  • Do I have the option of working on a Mac or are you PC only?
  • Can I speak with your best developer about the competency of your team on the whole?
  • When is the last time someone was fired, and what were they fired for?
  • Can you give a synopsis of the best project and worst project of this past year, and how they earned their titles?

Anyone else have questions they would have asked?


Here is another gem – “Describe a time when one of your teams┬ámade a short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain?

One thought on “Questions to Ask in a Design House Interview

  1. Training/conferences, expectations/evaluations, pain points

    I know a lot of people like to go to conferences at least once or twice a year, to be inspired by what’s now possible, or emerging.

    Starting out working at a place with a training budget, that saw the value of investing in their workforce was important, especially if the team’s didn’t have the greatest mentoring program, or mentors in general.

    In interviews I liked to flip the script even when I was starting out, for instance ask them where best case scenario they hope to see the candidate they choose for this position in 5 years…
    Evaluations: obviously a leg up to know the criteria judged on, so can knock it out of the park, as well as maintain long term goals not just short term checklist.

    I generally would/will ask about the any pain points hiring manager or lead developers have… Insightful for me, and also a possible hidden goal for me to alleviate / diminish that pain.

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