Product manager interview tricks – what are they?
In this episode, I share my insights on product manager interview tricks.
There aren’t really tricks.
But if you approach the interview with a product management mindset, and think about what the customer really needs when they say “I want faster horses,” you might gain that competitive edge.
A list of some characteristics of great product managers
The hiring manager needs to get confidence that you can do the things that product managers need to do, like:
- Overcome obstacles
- Find market problems
- Persuade HIPPOs that their idea, while good, should be deferred in favor of features that move the needle
- Help the team make forward progress
- Motivate people
- Remove objections
- Help sales and marketing succeed
- Help customers succeed
- Say “No” when you have to (most of the time)
- Make decisions quickly despite uncertainty
- Assess when it’s OK to make decisions quickly and when you need to take more care (one-way vs two-way) decisions.
- Prioritize, figuring out what’s important
- Context switch
- Playing at multiple levels at once
- Being detail-oriented but also 30k foot level in your outlook
The most important product manager interview tricks are how to expose your skills – such as the ones listed above – in your stories.
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More links (mostly mine) related to getting that next (or first) product management job
- Some of my posts about showing your product management characteristics and stories:
- The Perfect Product Manager Resume podcast episode.
- Go To Market For Yourself podcast episode.
- Tell Your Own Story cheatsheet (download)