Hireworthy Podcast

Hireworthy Podcast

By Hireworthy
Demystify your career in design and product management. A few things don't come with a user’s manual. One of them is your product career. Hireworthy helps you maximize the precious 7000 days of your life-time that you typically spend on your career. There's no better way to start this journey than having real & realistic conversations. Subscribe to our podcast to learn more!
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10 | Collaborating with Business Stakeholders with Kshitij Bhardwaj & Season One Finale.
One of the most important parts of being a designer or a problem solver is working with collaborating with our business stakeholders, conveying ideas and running experiments with them. Quite often there are misunderstandings and resolving them need some respect and empathy on both sides. To get a deeper understanding on how to collaborate with them, I spoke to Kshitij Bharadwaj. Kshitij is a designer turned Product Manager and has been creating value for the past 8 years for companies like Gojek, Flipkart, Housing and many more. He currently heads a platform group at Gojek which builds communication and identity management tools.He’s also a Full stack developer and tinkers with open source libraries.  This is also an episode which places emphasis on the fact that as designer or product managers we are makers and problem solvers too. Connect with Kshitij Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kshitij_B Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kshitijb/ ------ With this episode we come to the end of season 1 of Hireworthy podcast. Over the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to talk to some great designers and product managers who shard their deep perspectives on how to be a problem solver or a designer and build your design and management careers well. Over the candid conversations, we’ve learned that many problems can be solved well if you approach them with a sense of iterative-ness, urgency and curiosity. And that you can communicate with stakeholders effectively with empathy and if you are the face of design in your company, you must be the voice for your users and customers. Overall as a maker and problem-solver, you can be a great interfae between all teams to ensure products are shipped in the best possible way. It’s been a great experience for me to host them all, have real conversations and bring some much needed perspectives. Thank you for journeying along with me through this season. I’ll be bringing more amazing conversations for the Season 2, so stay tuned and thanks again very much. Stay safe and have a good time. Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hireworthy/ -----
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May 14, 2020
09 | Grit of UX Careers with Arjun Arunkumar
So what does a user experience designer do in a growth stage startup? If you’ve had so many questions then in this episode we talk Arjun Arunkumar. Arjun Arunkumar who is currently working with Swiggy and leads the consumer apps for Swiggy. He has had previous stints in Ola and Housing where he learned and honed his skills. Connect with Arjun: https://twitter.com/AverageIntel ---- Thank you so much for listening in to the Hireworthy Podcast! If you have any questions about your design careers, please drop us a note on twitter or Instagram and we’ll get answered soon from our speakers. I’ll see you all in the next episode and thank you again! Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hireworthy/ -----
56:06
May 7, 2020
08 | Learning to Lead a team with Core Values & Frameworks - Aastha Gaur
Being a Lead and growing your team can seem daunting if we’re not well informed about how to approach it in a structured way. So, I reached out to Aastha Gaur at Google to understand more about how she nurtures her team with core values and great frameworks. Aastha has designed solutions for consumer and enterprise, both at boutique design studios and big corporations. Her passion is to lead with mindfulness, intuition, creativity, and compassion. She puts that passion into practice as a UX Lead at Google Ads, Los Angeles, California, USA. Connect with Aastha: Twitter: https://twitter.com/astadapasta Website: https://www.astaloves.com ---- Thank you so much for listening in to the Hireworthy Podcast! If you have any questions about your design careers, please drop us a note on twitter or Instagram and we’ll get answered soon from our speakers. I’ll see you all in the next episode and thank you again! Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hireworthy/
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April 30, 2020
07 | Being a Freelance Remote Designer with Darshan Gajara
Thinking about being a design freelancer? Then this episode is for you! Listen to Darshan Gajara, talk to you about the ups and downs of freelance and remote life, building a newsletter to stay in touch and learn from the world.    Follow Darshan:  https://twitter.com/WeirdoWizard Subscribe to Product Disrupt: https://productdisrupt.com/index.html   ------  Thank you for listening to the episode and if you have questions you would love to be answered, send us a direct message on Twitter and we'll answer them for you in the next session.   DM us with questions on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Listen/ Follow on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2IdPLOJBMntHcaqfm8j3Kt?si=UAqViIqeSNOsS7_-WMtBzQ Listen on other podcast apps via Anchor: https://anchor.fm/hireworthy
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April 24, 2020
06 | Basics of Prepping for Design Interviews with Hardik Pandya
If you are currently applying for jobs and interviewing, you need a realistic guide to interviewing for design jobs, so we reached out to Hardik who shared his secret sauce on his experience and frameworks for interviewing. Hardik Pandya is a senior designer currently, he works at Google Search leading the user experience of the Search box & Autocomplete. He previously designed enterprise experiences in G Suite for Google Cloud. Before Google, he has helped multiple companies in India shape the experience of their web & mobile products – most notably Olacabs, Instamojo & Wellthy Therapeutics. Follow Hardik on twitter for more nuggets: https://twitter.com/hvpandya ------ On the side note: If you are building a portfolio, it’s up on our YouTube channel in which Hardik walks us through his portfolio and how to build a great portfolio. Watch the full video case study here: https://youtu.be/EGiyQHgPGjo ------- Thank you for listening to the episode and if you have questions you would love to be answered, send us a direct message on Twitter and we'll answer them for you in the next session.   DM us with questions on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Listen/ Follow on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2IdPLOJBMntHcaqfm8j3Kt?si=UAqViIqeSNOsS7_-WMtBzQ Listen on other podcast apps via Anchor: https://anchor.fm/hireworthy ------
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April 23, 2020
05 | A Perspective: Design & Recession with Karthi Subbaraman
Pandemic related or not, we’re hearing a lot of bad news around us layoffs, recession, market slowdown, hiring freezes and more. As designers, we need to question how to learn and equip ourselves with new skills and information on what to be ready about and what to expect and be ready for this new normal. In this episode, we speak to Karthi Subbaraman, who is chief instructor of Design & Product Management at Xperian School and has almost 65000+ hours of experience in designing 140+ products, conducting 400 master classes and hold 19 patents. She is a technologist turned into a multidisciplinary product designer and design educator focused on human cognition and behaviors. Her work focuses on designing meaningful systems with an emphasis on experience design. Before starting out into products world, Karthi designed printers for Hewlett Packard, Payment systems for State farm Insurance, Dashboards for World Bank, Pocket PC applications for Microsoft and many more. Karthi had a 7-year stint of entrepreneurship by running a premium design consulting agency called Oghma. Karthi earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and also an Executive MBA from Product Leadership. ------ Have questions or thoughts or ideas for future episode? Send us a DM on twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Want to write in detail? Send an email: teamhireworthy@gmail.com
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April 9, 2020
04 | A primer on User Research careers in India by Dharmesh BA
If you are considering a career in User Research or you are already a User Researcher, there might be many aspects you have questions about. It can range from your career path to convincing stakeholders, conveying the importance of research for product development and eternal questions like how much research is just enough? In this episode we talk to Dharmesh who heads Research & Strategy Initiatives at D91 Labs from Setu, a user research lab that documents the financial journeys of people in India. We answer various questions we have received about User Research Careers and what happens in a day to day in a research job?, looking outside the box of UI design, Hiring user researchers, Qualities of a user researcher and more! Send us a DM on twitter with your questions about design careers: https://twitter.com/hireworthy
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April 1, 2020
03 - Part 2 | Becoming a Design Manager w Aprajit Kar
The Part 2 of of this episode is all about becoming a design manager. In this episode, we talk to Aprajit, Design Lead of Mobility and Ride hailing business for Gojek in southeast Asia. The following topics were answered in this Part 2 about the qualities of Self Driven Designers, Working with newly joined designers, process of building a playbook for designers, Role of Design Ops in the current times, How to work in a team that expects a designer to code and the reality of attrition and some ideas on how to make somebody a part of your team, Relevance of Design Management title and more! We hope you enjoyed this episode and if you would like to send in your questions for the next episode, do send us a message on twitter or instagram and we'll get them answered for you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/hireworthy Instagram: http://instagram.com/hireworthy
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March 7, 2020
03 - Part 1 | Becoming a Design Manager w Aprajit Kar
The Topic of this episode is all about becoming a design manager. In this episode, we talk to Aprajit, Design Lead of Mobility and Ride hailing business for Gojek in southeast Asia. The following questions were answered in this Part 1: At what point in your career do you transition to a management role? How do we say this role is not for us and get back to Individual Contributor role? How much tool work was done as a Manager? Did you face Imposter Syndrome as a Manager? Can you compare your roles in Service and Product? How do you make sure the cumulative output of the team is better than what you would as an IC produce? What are your techniques for delegation & feedback? How do you setup responsibilities for team members? What are some behavioural changes I need to make as a people manager? What are some sacrifices after becoming a manager? and How do you motivate your team? Rest in Part 2!
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February 29, 2020
02 - Part 2 | Working in a Growth Stage Startup w Geetaa Bhatt
This is Part 2 of AMA with Geetaa Bhatt. Currently, the Head of User Experience & Design at CleverTap. She has been with the company since it's inception days. She is a computer science engineer and has an Masters from NID in software and user interface design. Geetaa has spent early significant years of her career with Human Factors International, Burrp and Network18 and now, CleverTap. This part 2 covers: - How to chose between a startup vs established company - Thoughts on ESOPs or stock percentages given to employees. - Types of designers to hire in a growing startup. - Judging capabilities in a take home vs white board assignments. - Most recent and memorable experience in hiring designers. - How to perform as newly joined designer. Thank you for listening to the episode and if you have questions you would love to be answered: Use the voice notes feature to send us a direct message and we'll answer them for you in the next session.
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February 11, 2020
02 - Part 1 | Working in a Growth Stage Startup w Geetaa Bhatt
This is Part 1 of AMA with Geetaa Bhatt. Currently, the Head of User Experience & Design at CleverTap. She has been with the company since it's inception days. She is a computer science engineer and has an Masters from NID in software and user interface design.  Geetaa has spent early significant years of her career with Human Factors International, Burrp and Network18. This part 1 covers (not in any particular order): - Differences in working with a regular company and a growth stage startup. - Dealing with Ambiguity - Sharing objective updates with your team during standups - A perspective on Slack and more! Thank you for listening to the episode and if you have questions you would love to be answered: Use the voice notes feature to send us a direct message and we'll answer them for you in the next session.
24:39
February 11, 2020
01 - Part 2 | Understanding Startup Design Careers w Sidharth
This is Part 2 of the Instagram Live with Sidharth. Currently, the Head of Design & Product at Headout and he is passionate about solving problems and loves to impart design knowledge as well. He's always curious and phenomenal bundle of energy. This part 2 covers (not in any particular order): - Thoughts on Salary negotiations - Recruiters and their feedback cycles. - Hiring designers for B2B - What kind of portfolio do hiring managers look for? and more! Thank you for listening to the episode and if you have questions you would love to be answered: use the voice notes features to send us a direct message and we'll answer them for you in the next session.
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January 27, 2020
01 - Part 1 | Understanding Startup Design Careers w Sidharth
Hello there  👋  This is Part 1 of the Instagram Live with Sidharth. Currently, the Head of Design & Product at Headout and he is passionate about solving problems and loves to impart design knowledge as well. He's curious and phenomenal bundle of energy. This part 1 covers (not in any particular order): - Thoughts on getting a design certification - What do hiring managers see in a portfolio - What is the legal age to start freelancing as a designer from India. - Thoughts on take home assignments and more.. If you are looking to submit your portfolio for live mock interview sessions: https://airtable.com/shrzI3PMveWnZFjtz If you have questions you would love to be answered: use the voice notes features to send us a direct message and we'll answer them for you in the next session.
27:39
January 26, 2020