Speaking is a skill

I just got off the phone with a recruiter – and I knew I screwed it up.

I am not very good at phone calls or meetings.  My mind goes blank, I’ll get nervous and I’ll start spouting nonsense.

The recruiter was looking to hire someone with UX/UI skills. As a designer in a small tech firm, I have to do both UX and UI – which meant I fit the bill right? But because she called out of the blue, I wasn’t prepared to talk to her or plan a mock scenario in my head. I came across as someone who is unskilled and inexperienced.

When the recruiter asked me if I do UX work, my mind was racing – trying to dig up the proper description of a UX designer. But my mind wasn’t fast enough and I told her “I do very minimal UX” in an attempt to end the topic. STRIKE ONE!

She was nice, she tried to ask how I do I go about designing a website. I know what I do, I can tell you in great detail right now how I plan, research and eventually design a website. But I couldn’t when the recruiter asked me. I said something along the lines of “I sketch with paper and pen, then I design.STRIKE TWO!

I didn’t talk about my thought process, my research and the conclusion. She asked about using prototyping tools (which cost money), and I just said “no, I don’t use them” when I could have said “These products cost money, and it’s not feasible to use a trial versions of different prototyping tools for different projects” or I could have explained that even though paper and pen is a non-technological tool, using paper and pen speed things up as I can sketch, add notes and erase easily.

SEE! I can do well in a phone interview, if I had just prepared.
So always prepare for an interview. Know the job you’re interviewing for, know the position you’re applying for, and talk about your work and yourself confidently.

STRIKE THREE!

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