How we hire Product Designers at Wrike. Part 2. Intro Call with Recruiter

At Wrike, this intro call takes about 30 to 45 mins and is typically divided into two parts:

Part one

You can expect a high-level introduction to the company, team, and position.

Tip: Before the interview, always do your own research. It will give you a better picture of what the company does, and you’ll be able to have a more in-depth conversation with the recruiter, such as asking about anything you didn’t find in advance online.

Another tip: Wrike is a product company, so make sure to check out the product. Download a product demo at to understand the basics of our product.

If you prepare well and do your research, you’ll impress the hiring team by showing how enthusiastic you are about the job.

Part two

Now it’s your turn. The recruiter will want to get to know you better, so they’ll ask you to share more details about your past experience.

Usually, the recruiter will ask you to summarize your current (or most relevant) experience. Yes, we do check your CV before the interview, but we want to hear your story, too. The way you communicate is actually one of the qualities that the recruiter will assess. So practice your presentation skills! 😉

Ideally, you’ll only share the most important and relevant experience. Get straight to the point and don’t provide too many details. Be mindful of the time. The recruiter isn’t a product designer (or an engineer, customer success manager, etc.). They don’t want to hear any technical details unless they ask for it.

Important: Be brief. The recruiter will ask you additional questions to learn more about you.

Be ready to talk about:

The product. What are/were you working on (e.g., B2B/B2C, users, functionality))?

The team. What’s the current size and structure of your team?

KPIs/OKRs. How do you measure success?

Development methodology. What’s the development methodology you work in?

Cross-functional cooperation. Do/Did you closely cooperate with any other teams (e.g., engineering, product, QA)?

Reasons to leave. Why are you leaving your current role?

Career aspirations. What are you looking for in your next role?

Notice period. When can you start?

Salary expectations. Be honest and share a concrete number or salary range. The recruiter wants to make sure we’re able to fulfill your expectations and appreciates honesty.

Next steps. The recruiter will share with you what’s next and when they’ll get back to you.

On-site vs. online

These days we do all of our intro calls online via Zoom.

Want to know how to prepare for a virtual interview? Read this blog:

How To Master Virtual Interviews

Product design specifics

  • Portfolio. The candidate needs to follow up by sending a portfolio or a few high-level, eye-catching examples.
  • Take-home assignment. If the intro call goes well, the recruiter will share with you our take-home assignment. Our hiring team loves take-home tasks because they can better understand the candidate’s thinking process and deep dive into any issues during the panel interview.

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Scaling Wrike 🚀 | Tech | Leadership | Mentoring | Company Culture