A year ago I saw a thread by an Admin in which she had mentioned “I am Derica, a new comer Admin”. Yes she was given the responsibility of Managing Resources in the MIUI Forum, the time when there were so many threads with improper categories posted by members and today you can see the threads in their respective categories and it’s all due to her efforts with the help of Special teams she handles. (not to mention one of our Favorite Admins)
I requested her to give us an interview and she obliged for it and here goes the result of it.
Hi Derica, may I know your Real name?
Hi Guru, my name is Zhai Yanling, Zhai is surname,Yanling is given name.
(That's a nice name, let's go ahead with your interview)
Q. Let's start with Xiaomi. How you came to know about Xiaomi?
A. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with Xiaomi untiI, I joined last year, the only info, I had is from my friends, they bought Mi 2 online and screamed. They have also recommend to me about that. (They looked crazy to me at that time).
Q. Please share your experience working with the other Admins and Seniors.
A. Listening and communicating are very important. We admins are all girls, as u may know they are nice and friendly, willing to help not only in work, but in life too. You will love the working relationship if you get a chance to try. Besides, flat management is also a feature in Xiaomi, so leaders are also nice. For example, Lei Jun, our big boss calls us classmates when he mentions. It's like in school. Ha ha!
Q. What is the most challenging aspect working with Xiaomi according to you?
A. “Thinking!!!” Time, yeah, time is the most challenging part! Even we work from 10am to 9 pm with about 4 hrs break everyday, but still feel the time is not Enough. How to use the time efficiently is a big challenge. I need to learn to be a Multi-taskers like BalcanGSM and you, lol !
(I am glad to know that I am a multi tasker .. ha ha ).
Q. How do you feel maintaining so many teams and members queries at a time?
A. Even though I’m with three special teams, but all are related with resources. I am happy and honored to have them help me, they are my friends, always help me a lot. Here I still want to express big thanks to all of them (MIUI Resources/designer/app review team members).
On the other hand, I am sorry for not answering MIUIers queries and questions in time. I will try best to make it better.
Q. How you feel when there are more than 500 entries for a contest and you have to go through them all for the assessment?
A. Of course we admins will check all entries no matter how many there are. Your replies and participations are the biggest support to our work and MIUI! My pleasure to enjoy your sincere replies.
Q. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A. Xiaomi is my first job, I still haveso many skills to learn and improve. May be coding, ha ha, for it looks cool when, I see twisted writing Code. Not sure, I need more time to think about it.
Q. Why are you interested in this job?
A. I like what I choose. The job is interesting mostly because of you guys being with me. Many interesting and funny stories happens every day, which also add joy and color to my life. Grateful to work here with you Mi fans.
(I am glad to hear that :) )
Q. I came to know that the idea behind Ice bucket challenge thread is yours, where did you get the inspiration from?
A. Ice Bucket challenge is a hot topic these days, it is launched to help those people who suffers from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). We must say all of our MIUIers are kind and warm-hearted, they also like helping others, and our forum is a good platform to remind users of paying more attention to charity. That’s why I ask my good friends sianman and Thomas for help to start.
(That’s a good initiative)
Let me ask some personal questions
Q. What is your favorite dish?
A. Spicy and sour shredded potato, it is a simple dish, easy to cook, but hard to cook it well. I’m never tired of it, especially those cooked by mom.
Q. What do you do in your free time and what are your hobbies?
A. Before graduation, I like to go shopping with friends in free time, but now, I usually enjoy some entertainment TV programs to relax. As for the hobbies, I like swimming, jogging and talking with friends (joking with them is fun).
Q. Who is your celebrity crush?
A. Lol, hard to choose, for I like many celebrities, like Neymar, Lee Min Ho etc,. But I’m not that crazy star chaser, just appreciate what they do.
Q. If you could be anyone else who would it be?
A. So far, I'm satisfied with my life, even though, I still need to improve a lot, but, I enjoy the learning process, so I do not want to be others. Be myself, be different.
(Being yourself is one of the secrets to success :) )
Q. What makes you angry?
A. Generally speaking, I'm not easy to get angry. Anger is not good way to solve problems, right? But if you have promised, but did not make, I will get angry maybe. That depends. No worry, I will keep nice to you MIUIers.
Q. Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
A. My best friends. one of my favorite teachers (if possible). I only like to invite those who I’m familiar with to the dinner party, that’s not cool if you invite a famous star, but you do not know how and what to talk. Familiarity and comfort are more important. What do you say?
(I would go with your thinking. Yes)
At the end I want to ask you one serious question!
What is that?
Q. If I gave you an elephant where would you hide it?
A. Oh my god, what a question lol. Ok,uh, in the strict sense, I will take it back to forest or zoo, in the fun sense, I will hide it in fridge (from a famous Chinese short sketch). Ha ha ha ha.
(Wonderful. Ha ha)
Derica aka Zhai Yanling it's nice talking to you and I thank you for giving us time and lettingus know more about you.
BTW would you please share your selfie with us.
Sure, ha ha
Photo taken with Mi - 2
Thank you on behalf of all the Forum Members