A Guide to the Design Interview

Congratulations! We’re extremely excited to move on with the application process! We’ve put this guide together so you know what to expect during your interview. Interviews will be 45 minutes and we’ve attached a signup sheet with your email.

Interviews consist of two different sections: portfolio review and whiteboard challenge. All sections are weighed equally, and at the end of the interview you’ll have some time to ask any questions that you might have for us!

Portfolio Review (20min)

Show us your work! We would love to learn more about previous products you’ve designed, built, and/or shipped. We want to understand how you approach problems and design solutions for them. Be prepared to back up your design decisions, and concisely explain your case study.


  • Have a case study ready and know it inside and out. We want to get an insight into your process.

  • Try to touch on the different areas of design: product thinking, interaction design, visual design, and user research.

  • Practice talking about your case study with designers and non-designers to clearly communicate your work.

  • Your Intro to DPD case study is super valid!

Whiteboard Challenge (20min)

We want to see what it’s like to work with you as a designer. We want to see if you can think on your feet and quickly ideate and design a solution. You will be given a high-level prompt and markers so you can let your ideas flow! Take us through your thought process.


  • Don’t stop talking! This is not how you work in a team. Think out loud, ask questions, and be interactive.

  • We will give you a high-level prompt so make sure to scope it down: define the users and the problem space.

  • Draw few critical screens. We are not looking for high-fidelity beautiful artboards. We want to see how you got to those designs!

  • Remember, there is no correct answer to the challenge.

General Advice:

  • Focus on the approach rather than the solution. We’re more interested in seeing how you approach problems rather than simply whether or not you can solve a given problem. 

  • Be yourself! We’ve designed the interview to best simulate the work you’d be doing on the team, in a 45 min interview. Ask questions if you need clarification, our goal from the interview is to know what it’d be like to work with you!