EP 215 . 15 Sep 21

Designing for fintech

With Navneet Nair

In the episode

  1. How long have you been in design, and when was the first time you got started with hiring designers?
  2. Does HR create the pool or you have your pool? What happens from identifying a candidate to actually starting the interview process? How do referrals play a role in your hiring?
  3. What is your typical hiring process? How has to changed over time?
  4. How do you maintain diversity? Is it a conscious effort or you find right balance of talent organically.
  5. Do you encourage internships?
  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. Whom would you mainly hold responsible for the (lack of?) talent in the India? Why?
  9. What according to you are aspirations of designer in India. From Junior to Mid to Senior level talent?
  10. 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?
  11. What according to you is the biggest reason for the state of design in the finance sector? How do you envision the future to be w.r.t design contribution in the finance space?

About Navneet Nair

Navneet Nair with us on Audiogyan currently heads design at PhonePe. For the last two decades, he has been a hands-on practitioner of design and user focussed creative arts. Navneet has worked in both individual contributor roles and in leadership positions at startups and established companies like Yahoo & Google.


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.