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What would you do if you were interviewing for an executive design role and the company gave you a “design test” aka design challenge?

Am I old or is this totally an inappropriate ask for an executive design leader interviewing for an executive design position?

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Send it in a locked file, with an invoice for your time.

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It’s their company and team so they can ask anything they want.

With that said, If it’s a technical test and you have been strictly management for many years this might be a little odd. On the flip side, if they are hiring (and paying) for someone that can really understand the details of the work maybe a test makes some sense. There are a lot of self confident “experts” floating around. Sometimes a test can help distinguish the best from the average.

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VPCD I was serious when I said send an invoice. If you lurk on the boards with less experienced creatives, they are regularly given design assignments that take many hours or days, and are then ghosted and find their work on the company website or social media. Smaller startups are notorious for seeking free work from an interview process where they have no cash to pay the person or no interest in paying for the work.

They may have also meant it as an insult. They need to make sure you can either do the work because they are “flat” [read no junior support] or because they want to understand if you are willing to put up with their infantile bullshit. Both/all could be red flags.

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