We’ve found that it’s helpful to learn about how a UX Researcher thinks with a light take home exercise. We think it’s a realistic proxy for what working together might feel like, since it allows for you to get a bit of extra time to think about a problem deeply and talk through your answer in the ways most natural to you.
Below are two prompts to choose from.
These prompts are intended to be “neutral ground” prompts - i.e. not in an area well-known to the candidate or to the Coda team. Feel free to pick whichever one is most interesting to you. And feel free to make educated guesses about questions you would need answered or data you would need to gather.
Presentation Outline ⏱
For the presentation, you should
prepare about 45-50 mins of content and expect 10-15 minutes worth of questions
. You can choose whether you want to take questions as you go, or hold them to the end ー just let us know. Below is some guidance on how to split your time.
Exercise Prompts ✍️
You’ve been asked to create a one page research plan. You can present the plan however you’d like.
Choose one of the following scenarios:
We encourage you to spend about 2-3 hours on the exercise
. You won’t be able to get to everything, but find some elements of the prompt that really excite you, and spend time going deeper into those.
The more you can
explain and signpost your thinking
as you work through the problem, the better. While it’s important to spend time framing the issue and sharing some of your broader ideas and research, we definitely want to see the specs you’ve built out.
conscious of time
so there is space for Q&A with the team.
The team is interested in understanding how you think through issues
at the big picture level, as well as knowing about your specific contributions to key moments in projects, and what drove the decisions behind them.
We’re curious about the frameworks and principles you apply when making decisions, and your general approach as a researcher. In particular how you deal with trade-offs and how you solve for various constraints or tensions, as well as your empathy for the end user.
What are some of the mistakes made, and lessons learned, as well as the big wins?
Note on Video Recording 📹
A few Codans from the team might not be able to make the presentation, so we want to ask if it'd be okay to record this session so they can watch at a later time. No worries if not, but please do let us know.
Check List ✅
Prepare and plan for 45min of content, and 15min for Q&A.
Prepare a presentation with details of your final product from chosen prompt.