One of the most common questions we get asked is:
How do you become a product designer at MetaLab?
Our hiring team has been reviewing design applications for almost a decade now and we've distilled the top 5 things we look for in a successful candidate. Whether you've applied before, are flirting with the idea—or if you're looking to join another company building amazing products—read on.
Here are our top tips for anyone looking to dive into the wonderful world of product design.
At MetaLab, we’ve seen the strongest product come from removing the distinction between designers who only do UX or only UI. Sure, there can be specialties, and over time people will find their areas of strength, but the best Product Designers are involved in the entire design process. Through research, low-fidelity wireframes, high-fidelity design, and animation prototyping. An interest and experience in end-to-end design is a must.
To build world-class products, designers have to be adaptive and show an ability to think strategically for users but also get into the weeds on small details. All while keeping things simple. Here’s a rundown of the qualities we see in the strongest design candidates.
Okay, so everyone says this, but we truly put culture above all else when screening candidates. Which is why MetaLab’s culture is one of the best parts of working here.
There’s no cookie cutter fit, but successful candidates should hold these values:
While we’re framing this around working with our team, we've found this mindset serves designers well no matter where they’re working. We’re always focused on producing the highest quality work, we never take ourselves too seriously and are looking for teammates that are as fun or goofy as they are talented. MetaLab doesn’t care about titles or awards—we’re looking for good humans who just want to do good work.
It’s much harder to create great, world-class products when you don’t give a damn. We’re looking for people who are as passionate about beautiful, intuitive products as we are. It’s one thing to be talented, but we’re here for designers that are lit up by what they do. If the challenge of creating quality products gets you out of bed in the morning, there might be a MetaLab shirt with your name on it.
So that’s it. The big 5. We get a lot of questions about what makes for a great application at MetaLab specifically so we thought we’d end this with a lightning round of the top do’s and don’ts when you submit your application:
Alright, ready to show us your stuff? We can’t wait to see what you’re working with!