EP 214 . 08 Sep 21

Designers at MNCs

With Vandana Abraham

In the episode

  1. Since how long you have been hiring? In the kind of places you’ve worked, what do you look for in a designer? What is a deal breaker for you? Attitude or aptitude or even communication skills?
  2. How does hiring happen in bigger places like Cisco and Atlassian? What sort of requirements you typically have for such bigger setups? What is your favourite interview question?
  3. What are the 3 qualities you look for in a designer while hiring? What has been your success rate?
  4. Do you have any internship program? Do you think it’s possible to do mentoring with tight deadline and business pressure?
  5. What are your 2 biggest challenges while hiring designers? Why?
  6. What has been your observations w.r.t design talent in India? Is it quality or quantity or both?
  7. What according to you are aspirations of designer in India. From Junior to Mid to Senior level talent?
  8. What are sort of incentives are at play while working in places like Atlassian or Cisco or Microsoft? Have you seen designer working in such a organised setup then joining the chaotic world of startups?
  9. Any message you wanna give to all designer on how to become “T” shaped designers?

About Vandana Abraham

Vandana Abraham is currently the Head of Design at Atlassian. Previously she worked at 247.ai, Cisco and Unimobile. We are excited to have a designer who has more than 20 years of experience in this space. She comes from a more organised setup than the hustling and chaotic world of startups, so lot to learn and discover. Vandana studied design at NID.


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.