1. What seemed like an inconsequential decision at the time, but in hindsight turned out to fundamentally reshape your life?
When I was studying CS at University I joined this student group which had the mission to match our fellow colleagues with companies looking to hire them for internships and recent grad roles. If you fast-forward from that moment in time until today you’ll see that there’s a lot of similarities between what I was doing then and what I’m doing now with Landing.Jobs.
2. At what age did you become an adult? What happened, and how did you know?
I think I turned into an adult when I moved out of my parents place, that situation marked the moment when I jumped into adulthood.
3. What habit or behaviour or belief have you recently acquired? Why is it now in your life?
So there’s actually a few habits I picked up in the past few months. One of them is that I started using the Pocket app again in order to kind of keep up with all the content that is being thrown at me for the past few months, especially after Covid-19 kicked in. Another habit that got back into my life is just jogging outdoors because the gym is closed. The last one is something a friend of mine offered me last year which is a bottle of “Nikka whisky from the barrel” , and I just find myself having a glass of it every weekend, and it’s just delicious and it’s my private thing to do and I love it.
4. When was the last time you changed your mind about something really important? What was it and what lead you to change your view?
The last major mindset switch I had happened two years ago when I really have to reconsider alternative education paths other than university standard ones. I guess I was really “close minded” when it came to setting up engineering teams and I really disregarded people with non-traditional educational backgrounds by default. Nowadays I have the opposite opinion and I’ll share a couple examples. My wife joined a coding bootcamp and switched her whole career, and I was one of the people who supported her decision the most as a husband should. Also, I’ve hired several people for Landing.Jobs technology team from non-traditional academic backgrounds and I couldn’t be more happier about this as it increased team diversity and we’re actually a much better technology team today than we were before.
5. If you wrote a ‘user manual’ for how people should interact with you, what would be the top three things that would be useful for them to know?
It’s a very interesting concept to think about a ‘user manual’ for Pedro. I guess the top three things that someone who directed me should know is: 1. I don’t like when people pick their words in a strategic manner, I like authentic people who can throw in some more aggressive words without being overly aggressive. I tend not to like people who speak in a political fashion and are overly concerned with what they say to others… even though, I do realise that sometimes you need to be careful and think twice before externalising some thoughts. 2. This is quite important especially if you work directly with me – when you send me a written message on Slack or Whatsapp or messenger, don’t send it like if it was a synchronous conversation, give me context – what do you need? Why are you reaching out? Don’t expect me to reply to the “Hey, how are you?” and wait back for you to ask me what you need. Be more asynchronous. 3. I’m a fast thinker and it can be hard sometimes for people who need more time to think about their replies, or even people are more in-depth thinkers to have a normal back and forth conversation with me.
“I don’t like when people pick their words in a strategic manner, I like authentic people who can throw in some more aggressive words”