The Interview Diaries: 10 Questions with Rafa

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Maria Reis da Cunha
Jan 16 2024 • 4 min reading
The Interview Diaries: 10 Questions with Rafa

Today, we present to you our Rafa. She joined the team as a project manager just over a year ago, and quickly impacted the office with her sense of humor and infectious joy. Allergic to delays and driven by efficiency, Rafa thrives on making her clients' lives easier. Always attentive and available, she approaches her projects with unparalleled determination and commitment. When faced with obstacles, the team finds comfort and security in her 'fear not.'

Discover the answers to 10 out-of-the-ordinary questions that reveal what lies behind the whirlwind that is our project manager, Rafa. This interview promises to surprise, captivate, and offer an exclusive look into the creative and attentive mind that fuels Rafa's passion for everything she engages in.

  1. If you could switch jobs with anyone in the company for a day, who would it be and why?
    I love the part of website conception and the graphic aspect. It's truly one of the things that brings me the most joy in this process of project management oversight, and that's why I think I would trade places with Marta. Although I'm not creative, I would really like, for a day, to be able to think graphically and creatively about the composition of a website.

  2. What's the most unusual or interesting job you've had before joining our team?
    When I was young, I worked at car auctions, one of those hostess-type jobs. I loved the Formula 1-style jumpsuit I had to wear, but the whole environment was something very unique...
    As for the most interesting job I've had, I think it was at Terra dos Sonhos. I worked many years in the social sector, and I believe it was the most fulfilling and interesting, at least in terms of human connection. I helped and supported families, adults, children, and young people at the end of life or with chronic illnesses. It was very transformative in my personal experience.

  3. If you could have a superpower what would it be and how would you use it?
    If I had a superpower, I would like it to be the ability to alleviate the suffering of others. I would love to have a magic wand that I could wave, and that person's heart would be free from suffering.

  4. What's the last TV show or movie you binge-watched and couldn't get enough of?
    I'm hooked on a series called 'Diplomat'! I'm watching it with my husband, and we laugh out loud. I love it!

  5. What's the most memorable piece of advice you've ever received, and from whom?
    "The important thing is to stop and smell the flowers." It wasn't advice given to me, but it's something I heard. This phrase stuck with me and helps me try to find the right pace in my life and the choices I make. I think it's a valuable lesson for adjusting priorities."

  6. What’s your favorite smell and what does it remind you of?
    I particularly like the smell of toast. It always reminds me of snacks at my grandmother's house. Another scent I really enjoy is the smell of Mustela, due to my fondness for babies and because it was the scent of the creams and products I used on my children and will now use with this baby on the way. It's a fragrance that brings back memories of a lot of tenderness.

  7. If you could instantly become an expert in any field, what would it be and why?
    I would like to be an expert in psychology. I'm fascinated by the ability that good psychologists have to unravel the minds of others, and the relief and well-being that ensue from it.

  8. Which comedian do you enjoy the most or find particularly funny?
    I'm not a big fan of comedians. But if I must choose, the only one I find funny is Ricky Gervais.

  9. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day at work?
    I don't always manage, but what I like to do the most is spending time with Xico, to which we can add a glass of wine and lots of laughter. My husband makes me laugh and makes me feel peaceful and joyful.

  10. If your life had a soundtrack, what three songs would definitely be on it?
    Higher, Sault
    Wading in waist high water – Solstice Version, Fleet Foxes
    Sweet Thing, Rufus & Chaka Khan

We hope this brief interview has helped you get to know one of the individuals who completes our team better. As we delve into this segment of 'The Interview Diaries,' we are reminded that behind every creation at Softway, there is a creative mind and a dedicated individual. We thank Rafa for letting us peek behind the curtain, and we thank you for joining us on this journey. Until the next interview, which promises more fascinating insights into our team!

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