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TEAGUE
Director of Interior Design Aviation was asked...February 16, 2013

Only question asked in our now 8 minute call was " How do you handle CONFLICT both inside the firm as well as with the clients? " THIS WAS THE OPENING QUESTION FROM A CREATIVE/ TECHNICAL FIRM? So after I stated I had heard the same first question from another Seattle leading design firm I concluded that coffee and cloud cover make for less than happy work environments in Seattle. Creative, pressure cooker environments are my playground but this is NOT the first question I would ask of my new hires. Total turn off and a super red flag that you will be swimming with nasty sharks in and out of the office. Creativity is not fruitful when the charge is all negative surrounding the teams.

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I think there is an issue with firms that allow their "enfants terrible" to get away with disrespecting and abusing the team members. Same goes with clients who abuse their consultants. If mutual respect is absent then outcome is compromised. Brilliance, creativity, collaboration cannot come from a place of derision or snobbery. Maybe the Steve Jobs of this world sowed the seeds of this behavior but is that a work ethic I need or want to accept? No.Too much of one's creative spirit goes into these kinds of firms to be self flagellating at the hands of malfunctioning office morale. Going to work, sitting in meetings and presenting high dollar concepts amidst hissing and spitting contributors means high attrition and high stress. Business is about relationships and Teague seems to have lost their viewpoint here. Was a Wild Card for me but thought it would be a fun challenge. Nothing FUN about this at all. Less

Veracode

"Who should UX report to in a company?" This was the only question asked by the person who made the decision.

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Product Management (wrong answer)

Similar interview, they seem to have some really odd thoughts on this. It should definitely roll up to Product Management not Engineering Less

CapitaLand

why do you want to leave your current company?

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My current company is quite good, and I love it. I want to leave her, because the position is a bit lower to me, and there are so many colleagues, it will cost me a long time to promote a higher one. Less

Yes indeed

EventMobi

what makes a good design?

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really???? come on...

That's such a broad question, like what other aspects are involved? Are we assuming ideal situation where you have all the time in the world? Are we talking about technical design choices, preventing anti-patterns, optimizing code to save computation/ space and scalable solutions? Or do they value maintainability and/or good self-evident code documentation? It really depends on what the company prioritizes... Less

That would be "When can you start?"

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Out if respect for my then current employer I said "Two weeks" which was acceptable. Less

Sesame Workshop

Can you use your rare ability to draw and create art to make a gift portrait for the Vice president of the United State and his wife?

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Yes! I had been hoping for an opportnity to participate directly toward the Obama Presidency and this was the opportunity. I did a full color painting of him, his wife and several Sesame Street Muppets. They were thrilled when our FOunder and CEO presented the painting to them. Less

Blink Design Group (Singapore)

If I could assist with the presentation in Mandarin to Clients?

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I briefly presented the project I was working on in Chinese.

BRPH Companies

How I would fit into the organization, reporting structure, and advancement possibilities?

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Report to satelite office manager

Gundersen Health System

They asked mostly about my project management process and what tools I used in my previous project management experience.

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I informed them that I most used MS Excel Spreadsheets to track previous projects. I explained how adding follow-up dates were an important part of the process. Less

MaxLinear

Why would people come if I try to hire them into Maxlinear.

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Because they have followed before.

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