Hi there. I work for a company that provides work-sample testing for companies interested in using measures of performance on actual work as part of their hiring process. We are currently exploring whether or not to develop some content for assessment of candidates applying for graphic design roles.
I understand that portfolio review is the core method used for assessing design skills. I also understand that some companies ask candidates to complete a small design project as part of their hiring process - and that the use of tasks like these is a bit controversial in your industry.
What I’m not sure about is whether testing that doesn’t require creative work of candidates would actually be useful to anyone sitting in that hiring manager seat.
So, I’m looking for someone who has experience with hiring designers who is willing to be interviewed. I’d like to spend 1 hour on a call with you, learning about your industry and how you decide who to hire. In exchange, I’ll send you a $150 USD gift card to the online retailer of your choice.
If you’re interested, message me with a link to your LinkedIn profile or other online resume, and tell me approximately how many designers you’ve hired so far.
If you’re not in a hiring manager role, but have some thoughts on this, please comment below. All feedback is welcome. If you have ideas for what would make for a useful non-portfolio assessment, please share!