EP 210 . 11 Aug 21

Craft, curiosity or culture fit?

With Fatema Raja

In the episode

  1. How long have you been in design? When was the first time you hired a designer?
  2. How does it work at Gojek? Does HR create the pool or you have your pool? What happens from identifying a candidate to actually starting the interview process? What is your main source of scouting talent?
  3. How important a source are referrals for you? How important are those to you? Do you believe in referrals? How effective are those in today’s day and age?
  4. How important do you think diversity is in a design team? Is it a conscious effort or you find right balance of talent organically.
  5. What do you look in a portfolio? Why?
  6. What are the 3 qualities you look for in a designer while hiring? What has been your success rate?
  7. What are your 2 biggest challenges while hiring designers? Why?
  8. You are in a sort of mid-level career stage. What are your aspirations and what according to you are aspirations of your fellow designers?
  9. How do handle bad hires and what has been your worst experience with a wrong hire?

About Fatema Raja

Fatema Raja is Group Design Head at Gojek handling Food and entertainment. Previously @leftshifters. She geeks out on UX & Brand Design. Loves to hike, dive, swim, surf, run & ride. Always filling pages, obsessive talker, epitome of OCD is how she describes herself.

This is part of a series Where are the designers? It is a 12 part series featuring few of the top influential Design leaders in India, talking about their process of hiring, challenges in finding and retaining talent and some tips for young designers to make a cut after they apply.