The Product Management Interview Blog

What Unique Traits Make for an Effective Product Manager by BCG Digital Ventures PM

Product Management is an occupation that draws upon a variety of skills and disciplines. Aside from the purely technical, what other skills might one need in order to be an effective Product Manager? We sat down with Nicole Lenzen, formerly Senior Product Manager at BCG Digital Ventures and Co-Founder/Head of Product of Brooklyn-based digital consulting studio Default Projects, to discuss crucial soft-skills and provide helpful insights for aspiring Product Managers. Product

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Will Being a Certified Product Manager Help in a Job Search

With so many Product Management boot camps and classes, will I actually get a job with a Product Manager certificate or diploma? The short answer is – it depends. It depends on the depth of Product Management knowledge they teach, the preparation and questions for Product Management interviews, and their focus on the skills required for Product Managers. PRODUCT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE VS PRODUCT MANAGEMENT RESUME Imagine you are

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What is Product Management

Simply put, Product Management is fundamentally a mix of soft skills and technical skills where you will eventually sit at the intersection of all the stakeholder departments at your company.  To be successful, you need a firm understanding of who those stakeholders are, what their role is, how Product Managers currently interact with them, and the level of domain knowledge you need to know about their role. To start, we define

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How to Follow Up on an Interview with No Response 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.  You go to a Product Manager Interview and leave feeling like it went well. Everybody seems to like you and while you are heading out, the recruiter says they will be in touch. BOOM! You never hear back from them. It’s been 2 days, 4 days, 1 week… Here’s the big question: Should you wait

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3 Core Values Found in the Ultimate Product Manager with Salesforce PM

Product Gym: Business Support Operations Management at Microsoft sounds very of broad, would you care to tell us a little bit more about what are the general responsibilities? Poorvi Shrivastav: Sure, so I started with a rotational program and a year of engineering. Soon after I moved to manage operations for the internal support teams at Microsoft, particularly around customer success and support. So reaching out to customers, understanding their pain points, and helping the Product Managers get requirements

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How to Transition to Product Management as a Lawyer with Google PM

Product Gym: Do you enjoy being a Lawyer or a Product Manager more? Blake Reese: Product Manager! Of course, I loved learning the law and practicing it. As a lawyer, I could solve people’s problems to make their lives better. As a Product Manager, I get to solve problems to make people’s lives better by working with really smart engineers to actually build things. The building aspect is what being a lawyer lacked. Product Gym: I know you transitioned into Google and you were a Counsel for

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How to Prepare for a Product Management Interview, Part 2

This blog series is for product managers who are in the recruiting and hiring cycle, working with recruitment agencies, working with product management recruiters and anyone looking to hone the interview skills needed for product management. How do I prep for a second round interview for a Product Manager position? If you’ve followed Product Management Interview Questions and Prep, Part 1 – then you will have successfully: Received the name of the Product Manager who

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