The Interview Diaries: 10 Questions with Madalena

This time, we decided to try something different. Amidst drinks, a stunning dinner worthy of a constellation of Michelin stars, and a breathtaking view over the River Tagus, our Madalena, although initially reluctant, agreed to let us interview her for the Softway blog.

Marta Guimarães Ferreira
May 28 2024 • 3 min reading
The Interview Diaries: 10 Questions with Madalena

She had only one condition—'no sob stories'—which we readily accepted, eager to seize the opportunity. We were also joined by Pimenta, affectionately known as Pi, Softway's latest personality-hire. Usually vocal, Pi, perhaps soothed by the gentle light of a late spring afternoon, ended up dozing off.

With a Donovan vinyl playing softly in the background, we navigated through the interview, avoiding any contentious topics with varying degrees of success. The result is a set of 10 questions and answers that offer our readers a glimpse into Madalena's more personal side.

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
    If I could choose a superpower, I'd choose the ability to fly. That way, I could be wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and explore the entire world.
  2. Do you remember a particular film that made an impression on you?
    Perfect Days by Wim Wenders. It's a beautifully simple film, free from clichés.
  3. What was the most unusual or interesting job you had before joining our team?
    Managing a restaurant. I handled both the daily operations and the marketing side. While not unusual, it was a dream job for me and very interesting.
  4. What's your favourite office snack? Do you have a secret place where you keep it?
    I'm not going to answer that because someone who knows exactly what I eat is very interested in that information.
  5. If you could swap positions with anyone at Softway, who would it be and why?
    The creative side of me, which I am aware I fully lack, would love to swap with Marta, our web designer. I would love to work on my creative side, I even have books on the subject, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
  6. What's your go-to karaoke song?
    It's easier to name artists than specific songs. In order of preference: Tina Turner, anything from ABBA, and Adele, who has plenty of great options.
  7. Which Softway team-building event did you enjoy the most?
    I really liked the boating trip, but my favorite was undoubtedly the immersive theatre experience, 'The Death of the Raven.'
  8. A book you'd recommend?
    I'd recommend many, but if I have to pick two: Resurrection by Tolstoy, which is a beautifully profound book, and The Sum of Days by Isabel Allende. Funny enough, with Resurrection, I stopped and started several times, but each time I picked it back up, I remembered exactly where I left off and enjoyed immersing myself in its universe again.
  9. If your life had a soundtrack, what would it be?
    It would be emotional yet practical, without being too moody. Something along the lines of Mamma Mia (forgive the second Abba reference).
  10. Finally, instead of asking the typical question from a famous Portuguese show, 'if your eyes could speak, what would they say,' we're more interested in hearing about your Bucket List. What are some things you still want to accomplish?
    I have countless things I'd love to do. Firstly, there are many less typical countries I'd like to visit and explore. One thing I regret not doing when I was in Rio is hang-gliding—it seems scary but exhilarating. I'd also love to go on a horseback safari and visit a gorilla sanctuary. Above all, I'd like to visit all the continents in a short time.

We hope this brief interview has offered you insight into one of the incredible individuals on our team. Thank you, Madalena, for letting us take a look behind the scenes. Stay tuned for our next interview!

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