Q&A With Lilly Kashfia, LiquidPlanner’s Office Manager
We are overjoyed to have Lilly’s smart organization skills to keep the LiquidPlanner office running and purring like a ferocious kitten. ROAR. Read on to learn how an undergrad visit to our offices planted the seed for Lilly’s return and eventual employment.
LP: Briefly describe an average work day for you at LiquidPlanner:
Lilly: Each day presents new tasks and projects, which is what keeps my job interesting. There isn’t a “typical” work day.
How did you know LiquidPlanner was the perfect fit for you?
When I first graduated from the University of Washington, I came in to LiquidPlanner for an informational interview. It was then that I saw the company had great potential—the employees were so driven and excited about the product. The company had built a great culture and it was something I wanted to be a part of. Several years later, I had the opportunity to interview for this position and I knew I couldn’t pass it up!
How do you stay productive and focused during the day?
I make lists and prioritize work, and take short breaks to get water or walk around for a couple minutes to clear my head.
What do you appreciate the most in your co-workers?
I appreciate their knowledge, experience, positive energy and willingness to learn.
Do you have a ritual or routine to the start of your work day?
Listening to music in the car on my way to work—it wakes me up and gets me motivated for the day.
Your idea of happiness at work is:
Working with a team who is collaborative and can work hard and play hard. It’s important to appreciate everyone’s hard work and be able to celebrate the company’s successes.
What book has most influenced your career?
Business and Professional Communication: KEYS for Workplace Excellence by Kelly M. Quintanilla and Shawn T Wahl. I enjoyed this book because it gave a true portrayal of the transition students go through from their student environments to their professional careers.
Interview tips for anyone looking for a job right now?
Be prepared, be confident, and ask good questions. Also, making sure the company is a good fit for you is just as important as making sure you’re a good fit for them.
A few things you do outside the office?
Travel, hanging out with friends, going to music festivals and going to Mariners games.
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