The simple UX assignment.

Sumit Dagar
2 min readJun 10, 2018


Sometime ago, I wrote a post on how to hire a UX designer. It received positive response, but I missed a point there, an important one:

Test every UX candidate with at least one assignment. Make it a rule! Its the easiest way to identify actual practitioners from rehearsed candidates.

First flow (left) vs Second flow (right)

I have been practicing this rule since longtime to very satisfactory results. Amongst a library of assignments that vary over scope and effort (read field work), there’s one that has become a personal favourite in recent times. Its simple, requires minimum explanation, almost no follow-up questions, and should (ideally) take no time to solve. Recruiter can easily push it in any conversation.

Here it goes:

There are two ways to implement sign-in flow on a mobile device.

First flow: username on first screen, password on next screen.

Second flow: username, password and primary CTA on one screen.

How will you take an informed to decision to chose one of these.

Surprisingly, NONE of the candidates have answered (hint: or rather attempted) this correctly yet. I have had some refreshing and innovative perspectives, some obvious answers, many confused attempts and lots curiosity for correct answers, but still none that could shine.

I am not going to answer the question here (hint: process). But, at least everyone knows the question now, happy to be surprised soon!



Sumit Dagar

Design Leader at Intuit. Ex head of design at 1mg, hike messenger. Creator of Braille Phone. TED Fellow, Rolex Laureate, Echoing Green Fellow.