You’re building a product development organization. Maybe you work at a large company, maybe at a small startup. In either case, the best developers and most enthusiastic product managers have been hired, but something is still missing from the team’s skill set. Who will take all the brilliant ideas and make them work for your users? Who can ensure that the technological solutions your engineers produce become useful, usable, beautiful products? Who will be responsible for the overall user experience?
Hiring user experience (UX) professionals can be a massively time-consuming endeavor that requires navigating a mysterious and hyper-competitive talent market. The standard practices in the UX field are still being established, everything is shrouded by a tangled web of jargon, and there is no shared language. If you have never worked within the UX universe, you’ll need more than just a map.
Making matters more intense, you can’t afford to make a mistake. Bringing someone on board whose skills do not match the role you need filled can have a serious long-term impact on your users and your products. The key to any successful hire is understanding and expressing your needs in the language that potential candidates can relate to. This article will show you how to take the confusion out of hiring top UX talent by following these steps:
- Determine the skill set your new team member should possess
- Identify the level of experience you are looking for
- Understand the qualities that all successful UX professionals should have
- Find a place for your new UX hire within the organization
- Craft a job description you can then use to advertise your role to prospective candidates