How to Solve a Product Design Challenge

This article provides guidance on how to approach a product design challenge during a job interview. It outlines the typical types of challenges, including a whiteboard exercise or take-home assignment. The author recommends starting by understanding the goal and empathizing with users through research. Defining the scope by mapping the user journey and MVP features helps focus the solution. Ideas should be generated through competitor analysis and sketches before prototyping the top solution. The example challenge presented is designing a Spotify Kids app. Personas of children and parents are defined through research. A prototype is shown addressing key tasks like browsing music and managing parental controls. Success is measured by metrics like acquisition, engagement and revenue to evaluate if the solution achieved its goals. Following this process improves the chances of demonstrating strong design skills to interviewers.