In my previous blog I talked about quit whining and start doing, and I would like to share a quit whining and start doing experience with me yesterday.
I started my current position 1.5 months ago, and I have been struggling to work with a team of non-designers. (rejoiner expecting something different when I rejoin.) I shared my insights about, being transparent with my working process, including everyone into user testing sessions, explaining the role nature to everyone within the team. Despite that, I felt like there was a gap between the expectation and the reality. (ps. Supervisor did not know how to evaluate my KPI 😲 )
And so, I set up an interview with a commercial banking company, who is now hiring UX designers. Went into the room, hoping that I will kill it. The whole conversation out pretty standard asked about my experience, best and worst projects, and how I overcame it.
Everything was up and right until they open up the company’s website. With an exciting look they want me to explain specific UX aspect that I have input on the site and how did I help drive businesses to the company. After I explained my design process, the described my working process as waterfall, and that they need people with commercial experience working in an agile team.
That is when how the interview started going downhill for me. Then, I got rejected on the spot.
I was reflecting while walking my dead body over the building and back home. I had a deep thought and started list quick pros and cons working in a big company. (Which I might share later if interested)
The other thing school taught me, “it is never personal’, therefore this is an outstanding real-life rejection experience. I took in all those constructive feedback and re-evaluated my market value and, I was able to see the gap between myself and what I need to improve on.