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Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CESTT – online
Trainer: Nikki Anderson, Language: English
Topic: Be prepared for your next interview – Whiteboard Interview Challenge
For this Webinar Digitale Leute is hosting Nikki Anderson, User Research Specialist.
Whiteboard challenges are difficult but are becoming the norm in most user research interviews. I will take you through my step-by-step process of how to tackle this challenge with confidence. After this, we will put our heads together to solve a whiteboard challenge during the webinar for some practical experience!
About the Whiteboard Interview Challenge:
Imagine the following scenario: you just arrived at your in-person interview. You have been looking forward to this for the past week; exciting thoughts of new opportunities and twinges of nervousness rush through you. You meet the first few people. The interviews are going well. There’s some nice conversation. You don’t feel like you’re in an interview; you feel like you are part of the team. The vibes are good. Suddenly, they slide a piece of paper in front of you. It has a vague prompt about their company and they are asking you how you would approach the problem as a researcher. You take the whiteboard markers being handed to you. Time slows down. You hear the terrifying words: „You have thirty minutes to write all your thoughts on this board, and then we will come in for you to present to us for another thirty minutes.“
This is a whiteboard challenge. You don’t always know it will happen. There isn’t a 100% guarantee. But they are becoming more and more common in the UX research interview process. Essentially, your interviewers will give you a vague prompt and want you to give them an idea of your process. This allows them to evaluate how you go about approaching a problem in a “real-life” setting, beyond your curated portfolio. Companies are increasingly valuing employees’ thought processes over their qualifications. Understandably, this can be a really difficult experience, which is why you should practice beforehand! Whiteboarding your approach is a great skill to have in general.
The participants will learn:
- A step-by-step process of how to tackle and navigate a whiteboard interview challenge
- Tactical advice on how to approach each step of a whiteboard challenge
- Practical experience through a hands-on example challenge
Who should attend:
Juniors/early mid-levels User Researcher
About your host
Nikki Anderson loves solving human problems and petting all the dogs. After spending over seven years as a qualitative user experience researcher, Nikki knows that user research goes beyond simply understanding who users are, but, instead, is a tool for learning about humans beyond the context of a product. By knowing user’s everyday lives we can build products or services that solve real human needs and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Nikki has worked as a user researcher in all types of areas, ranging from small start-ups to larger corporations, such as HelloFresh and Zalando. In between her role as an in-house researcher, she has been also been a freelance researcher and worked with clients such as Wiley Online Publishing. In addition to being a user researcher, Nikki also writes about and teaches user research. She is a contract writer for dscout and Respondent.io, and writes extensively on Medium. In 2018, Nikki founded the User Research Academy to help make user research as accessible to others as possible, and to provide a space for people to learn about the field.
Nikki holds an MA in Psychology and Education from The New School for Social Research. In her spare time, she writes fiction novels and plays Pokemon (the original).
More events at our Remote Academy:
- All Things Product Design (Ask me Anything)
- Negotiation Strategies for Product Owners (Remote Workshop)
- Career development for product managers – use the ‚IMPACT‘ framework (Webinar)
How does the webinar work?
This webinar is much more than a passive live stream: Participants will be able to interact with the expert and hand in their questions. You will be invited to the virtual meeting room where you can interact with other attendees and the speaker. We will provide you with the necessary links and instructions via mail before the workshop starts.
Which tools do I need?
For this remote workshop we use Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before you will be prompted to install a browser plugin as soon as you click on the link we sent you. The installation is quick. But this is why we suggest joining the workshop a couple of minutes earlier.
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