Building the team: Going from nothing to something
What the company wants isn’t necessarily what the company needs
Walking through the door as UX employee number one and hired as an expert in your area, it’s possible you will know more about what's required than the person who wrote your job description. Get out there, explore the business and see what you uncover. Build your own picture of the real needs and whilst doing so, assess the level of design maturity. As the new kid on the block, you have the luxury of being able to poke your nose into plenty of places and ask the craziest questions. At the least, you’ll get to meet some new people and perhaps you’ll uncover previously unrealised opportunities to get some quick wins! Even if there is an existing UX setup, a fresh pair of eyes will bring new perspective.