Q&A With Austin Yang, LiquidPlanner’s New Account Coordinator

Tatyana Sussex | May 23, 2014

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We’re thrilled to welcome LiquidPlanner’s new Account Coordinator, Austin Yang. Don’t challenge Austin to a duel though, because someone has recently taken up fencing. Read on to learn more about Austin’s definition of happiness at work, how he stays focused and more.

LP: Briefly describe an average work day for you at LiquidPlanner:Austin Yang

Austin: I usually come in the office around 10 a.m. The first thing I do is reach out to people in my territory who have just started a trial with LiquidPlanner. I welcome them and offer support. I then move on to follow up with trial users who I’ve been in touch with to make sure everything is going well. In the afternoon, I would repeat the same routine for another set of trial users until everyone is taken care of.

How did you know LiquidPlanner was the perfect fit for you?

I was first attracted by the concept of the product itself. LiquidPlanner aims to solve real-life problems that project management professionals face every day by using priority-based scheduling, which truly caught my eyes. After meeting with the sales team members, including Jen, Jed, David, and Jacin, as well as CEO Liz Pearce and learning about their visions, I was even more certain that LiquidPlanner is where I wanted to be.

How do you stay productive and focused during the day?

The different types of snacks in the office keep me energized throughout the day. I also play an occasional short game of “LP HORSE” with my co-workers in our mini basketball court to get energized.

What do you appreciate the most in your co-workers?

Everyone is super friendly and energetic. We all work together as a team and always try to improve the way we do things, which makes working a lot more fun!

Do you have a ritual or routine to the start off your work day?
I typically start off my day by eating a good breakfast (must have bacon) and listening to some upbeat music to get myself pumped!

Your idea of happiness at work is:

Not feeling like I’m “working” but pursuing a common goal with a group of like-minded people.

What book has most influenced your career?

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Old, but classic.

Interview tips for anyone looking for a job right now?

Talk about your ambitions. Past experiences are crucial because they’re hard evidence of the skills you have accumulated so far; but remember that the job you’re interviewing for is going to take place in your future, so don’t be afraid to share your dreams and elaborate on how you hope to achieve them.

Know your audience. Do some research and understand who you’re talking to, including their positions, backgrounds, and characters if possible, and tailor your responses to create unique value for each individual.

Ask questions. An interview should not be a one-sided Q&A session, but a two-way conversation. The companies are evaluating you just as much as you should be evaluating them. The worst thing that can happen is to find out that you don’t like your job after you start it.