Once upon many times, I was on the other side of the table selling, selling, selling. Not as many times, I was on this side of the table armed with nothing, but eagerness and a whole hell lot of I have no idea what I am doing.If I were the hiring manager—
- No means no. Meh means no.
- If you are a technology designer. That means you are responsible for Chrome, Firefox, IE, (Opera?), iOS, Android, AND Windows. No exceptions. None of this trendy unnecessary segregation.
- You must code for the web. Or at least make an effort to speak its language. No exceptions.
- Knowing how things work does not make anyone a ‘worse’ designer. In fact, my experience is quite the opposite. These folks are quite superior.
- Portfolio still matters. Gut check. Refer to bullet one. If passed…
- Is the candidate using a custom font? If so, what methods? There are so many good tools. This is less about the font itself and more about trying a little.
- Is there any part of this website that is modified, if not built mostly from scratch? How is that organized? A little peek into how details are organized.
- Is credit given to project teammates or portfolio building help in general? How does the About copy strike you, humble? arrogant? Nothing else matters if he/she is impossible to work with.
- Click off to a social media profile of choice. Are the items assembled of good taste? Photoshop can be learned, taste less so.
- Never force your team to choose between a hire who is worse or worst. Pressure to pick only creates a bigger cost in the future.
- It only takes 1 poison apple to drive the apple pickers away. Firing is also as important as hiring.
It’s so important to have a philosophy if you aim to build great things. And even if I’m never hiring manager, writing this is a step towards figuring out that philosophy.
This is, as always, a work in progress.
Thanks to all my friends who unknowingly seeded this post recently, because all of these tenants are not completely my own, <3