EP 211 . 18 Aug 21

Speaking art and design

With Harish Sivaramakrishnan

In the episode

  1. You have been very vocal about design is art. Can you elaborate this philosophy? Is this what you believe at a principle level or it’s just because of CRED?
  2. How long have you been in design? When was the first time you had to hired a designer?
  3. 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?
  4. How important are referrals for you? How effective are those in today’s day and age?
  5. What is your typical hiring process? How has it changed over time?
  6. How important do you think diversity is required in a design team? Is it a conscious effort or you find right balance of talent organically.
  7. Do you encourage internships?
  8. Do you have a favourite interview question?
  9. What do you look in a portfolio? Why?
  10. What are the 3 qualities you look for in a designer while hiring? What has been your success rate?
  11. What are your 2 biggest challenges while hiring designers? Why?
  12. What according to you are aspirations of designer in India? From Junior to Mid to Senior level talent?
  13. What promises you make them, so they work with you and for your organisation? How important is being good pay masters? Are ESOPs good incentive for mid to senior level folks.
  14. How do handle bad hires and what has been your worst experience with a wrong hire?

About Harish Sivaramakrishnan

Harish heads the design team at CRED. Previously he worked at Freecharge, Google, Myntra and Adobe. He is also Lead vocalist and founder of a Carnatic rock band called Agam and has been touring all along for last 13 years. Welcome Harish to Audiogyan

Abhinit Tiwari is a co-host for this series. He works at Gojek.

This is part of a series Where are the designers with IVM Podcast? 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.