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January 25, 2021
212: Inside the design hiring process

Today on Design Life we talk about hiring from the perspective of the person doing the hiring. In the past we’ve talked a lot about finding a design job, portfolios, interviews and everything that the process entails but today we are looking at the other side of hiring. What do you need to consider when hiring a designer to join a team at your company? How can you encourage a diverse pool of the right people to apply for the job and how can you whittle it down to the best applicant. If you’re leading a team and own the hiring process, or if you regularly get pulled in to help during the hiring process this episode will be useful for you.

key takeaways

Actively recruit candidates. This will help to ensure that your company is seeking out good quality people from a diverse range of backgrounds who can do a great job. You won’t have a diverse team if you don’t have a diverse team of applicants to hire from. Making diversity and inclusion a focus of the initial hiring process will help to improve your team and company.

Decide the criteria by which you will compare candidates before you begin the hiring process. Make sure everyone involved in the process understands the criteria. Don’t forget to also pay attention to your gut as you are interviewing.

One system which can be effective when discussing candidates after their interview is to hold a blind vote among the people involved in the hiring process. Discuss the result of the blind vote. Then hold another blind vote to see if the anyone’s impression of the candidates has changed. Before you begin, choose a ‘decision maker’ in case one person has to cast a deciding vote.

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01.30 – Check in

08.44 – The hiring process

20.13 – Interviewing for other disciplines

23.27 – Thoroughly interviewing candidates

26.05 – Hiring the candidate

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