6 questions I have or wished I'd asked of my future coworkers & leader

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6 questions I have or wished I'd asked of my future coworkers & leader

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January 30, 2022

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Originally posted on my Twitter in Indonesian ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Link to thread

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When we did a job interviews, often at the end of the session we are asked "Anything you want to ask?". This is actually an opportunity for us to interview our potential leads/peers back. This is what I usually ask my next leads/peers during product design role interviews

๐Ÿงต 6 questions that can help us learn about our potential leads/peers ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

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1. โ€œWhat good design means for you?โ€

This is my favorite question because it can get a variety of answers. The intention of this question is to know what value that our next leads/peers hold. What they considers good and bad. Plus it's interesting to hear their answers.

There is one person said "What good design means for me? Hmmm, I can say Apple is a bad design.โ€ Then she explained why according to her Apple is a bad design. Very interesting and bold.

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2. โ€œHow things work in your company or design team?โ€

The intention of this question is to know the product development process or design process that the company usually go through. Can be used to prepare for adaptation when accepted, or even become something that we can improve when we join

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3. โ€œHow did you see the failures? Have you experienced it once and how do you react to it?โ€

This is specific to leads. The intention is to know how they see the failures made by their subordinate. Can them be able to provide a sense of security for their subordinate to learn?

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4. โ€œWhat is your biggest struggle when you joined the team?โ€

This is specific for peers. The intention was to see their experience adapting when they are joined their company. So we can also be aware of what we have to prepare

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5. โ€œHow did you grow your team?โ€

This is specific for leads lg. The intention is to see how far the leads care about the goals of their subordinate. Because I think a supportive lead is a lead who cares about their subordinate's goals and can help them to achieve it

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6. โ€œWhat would make Senior designer successful?โ€

This is for leads. Even though it's been written in the JD, usually when asked this, their answers more specifically. Can be used to align expectations and understand the values held by the leads again

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At least those are 6 questions that I often throw when asked by interviewers. Usually, from these 6 questions, you can actually talk a lot and know a lot about our prospective team. What's yours?

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