I had a really weird interview for Creative Director today.

It’s a small startup. HR interviewed me and asked all the hard hitting questions (how do you get design inspiration, how do you deal with design roadblocks, what sets you apart for this role?) which I thought was odd for a screening interview.

They made some affirmative noises then said the next step would be a design test (one pager) which I would present to a panel of interviewers including the CMO.
Anyone else think this is odd?

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I don’t think it’s weird. Startups also tend to have different processes than more established enterprises.

I also got difficult questions for my screener interview from the recruiter for a startup too like “What SaaS product’s UI do you admire and why” or “How do you go about a problem/walk me through your design process”

Design challenges are also typical for design roles but kinda weird for such a high level position IMO.

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I 100% agree but it seems like it’s still pretty standard regardless, startup or not. Ive yet to do an interview without a Whiteboard challenge or take home challenge or both…and these are for mid level roles. I wouldn’t really expect it for director/lead roles lIke OP so that does seem weird

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Sounds pretty normal to me

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