Can You Tell What This Job Really Is?

Posted By Debbie on March 11, 2015

Here is a job that was sent to me by a recruiter who meant well. 🙂 I won’t embarrass the recruiter or company by saying who this is. But let’s take a close look at it.

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The Title Says IA

The job title says UX designer and information architecture. I would expect this to be an IA and interaction designer job, period.

The Job Summary Says UX

Creative UX designer who digs lean principles and a customer-centric approach. Sounds like interaction design to me.

I’m an interaction design/IA specialist who in very small companies sometimes is asked to do some user research and testing.

Bulleted List of Skills Says Purple Unicorn

Proficient in HTML and CSS? That’s a front end developer.

Strong visual design skills with close attention to typography and layout says visual/graphic designer. I love that they should “care” about interaction design, but still be a visual designer.

You can talk to customers, organize usability tests, and analyze those tests to tell the story of what worked and what didn’t. That’s a user researcher who can also do the user testing and analysis.

Creative ways to perform lightweight validations of hypotheses. Yikes on the “assumptions.” Lightweight says, “Please don’t make us really go through user testing and analysis… come up with some short way to show that you designed something that works.” I guess that’s the IxD playing junior user tester.

Rapidly iterate based on technical constraints and customer expectations. Wow. And that’s WHILE going through a user-centric design process with user research, testing, and iterations. Sure!

Solving problems over visual aesthetics. BUT you are a strong visual designer who will pay close attention to typography… while being more of a problem solver than a visual designer. So you’re an interaction designer and IA… since they solve problems.

This Isn’t a Small Company. This Is Someone in the Forbes Global Top 10.

I’m dizzy after reading this. You want a front end developer who is a strong visual designer and will pay close attention to typography. You want this person to do user research and user testing. You want them to adhere to lean principles and a user-centric design process while rapidly iterating to give customers what they’ve already voiced they want.

There is no excuse for any company to try to hire one person to do the job of two, three, four, or six people. You will do your best work mostly with specialists. Saving money can be great, but if you really want to put the best product out, you need to find the best people. People are best when you let them work inside their strengths without making them work inside their areas of weakness.

I turned this job down when the recruiter presented it because I was sure that this company would not be happy with what I have to offer. I can offer a lot of what they said but I’m not a front end dev nor am I a visual designer. I’m an IxD/IA specialist with foci on problem solving and user-centric design. I wonder what sort of person they will end up hiring.