It feels so nice to see how my work as a developer changed someone's life positively. For that I always wanted to work in a user centered company.
I struggle to understand a company focus and its culture during an interview. Are they really concerned about the user or they merely think that the user is "how" they will profit?
Talking to a friend (@phsilbr) a few weeks ago this subject came up and we ended up concluding that this is something tricky to identify during interviews. Probably the best way is to ask what kind of metrics they use for tasks prioritization and talk to some developer on Linkedin before the interview.
A few days ago @diegoeis started a Twitter thread related to this subject:
Diego Eis@diegoeisEsses dias li essa frase escrita em uma camiseta: "Meus produtos, minhas regras".
Era um PM que estava usando essa camiseta.
Eu nem sei quantas coisas erradas dá para gente citar nessa frase, mas uma me chama a atenção: o produto não é dele, é do usuário.12:20 PM - 28 Nov 2018
These days I read this sentence in a shirt: "My products, my rules".
It was a PM wearing this shirt.
I can't even count how many wrong things we can quote in this phrase, but what calls my attention is: it's not his product, it's from the user.
This message made me think about my will of working in this user centered culture. I started a new branch for this thread:
Leandro Gomes@leandro_gs@diegoeis E como você identifica se a empresa é centrada no cliente, de vdd, durante uma entrevista?16:14 PM - 28 Nov 2018
@diegoeis and how do you identify if a company is truly user centered during an interview?
Diego Eis@diegoeis@leandro_gs Se ela fala muito do negócio e não dos problemas do usuário, é uma dica.
Obviamente existem problemas puramente de negócio. Mas os problemas de produto, geralmente, são problemas que os usuários estão passando.16:31 PM - 28 Nov 2018
@leandro_gs If they talk too much about business and not about the user's problems, this is a hint.
Obviously there are purely business problems. But generally they are all problems faced by the user.
Diego Eis@diegoeis@leandro_gs A cultura hoje está tão plastificada e artificial que fica difícil perceber.
Mas conversar com funcionários que saíram da empresa e observar familiares e amigos usando o produto em questão são bons começos.
Tudo isso vai dar material para fazer as perguntas certas na entrevista.16:34 PM - 28 Nov 2018
@leandro_gs culture today is so plastic and artificial that is tough to understand.
But talking with ex-employees and watch families and friends using the product are a good start.
All of this will give you material to ask the right questions during an interview.
What do you think about this? Is your company user centered? What behaviors or decisions makes you see your company the way you see?
What kind of questions would you ask during an interview to help understand a company's culture and its focus?