Julie Zhuo started working at Facebook almost eight years ago at age 22. At the time, she didn’t know what she’d be working on, or where the company was going. But she liked its energy, the way everyone hacked forward, together. Today, as Director of Product Design, she feels like she was able to grow up with the organization — and as a result, shape several of the processes that have made Facebook unique.
One of these defining processes is hiring some of the best design talent in the world to think through the complex and often delicate interactions people have online. And Zhuo has seen both sides of the coin: How to hire designers for a mature corporation, and what to look for at the very beginning.
“At a startup, you need your first one or two designers to be versatile — great jacks-of-all-trades,
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