The Product Management Interview Blog

How to Prepare for a Product Management Interview, Part 1

2 min read 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 PREPARE FOR A PRODUCT MANAGEMENT INTERVIEW? The first round call with the internal product management recruiter will operate much like a checklist. They are going to ask you to talk about yourself, how you transitioned into product management or

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How to Transition to Product Management from Finance with Etsy PM

5 min read Transitioning into Product Management from finance can be a difficult task. Without relevant experience, convincing a company to give you a chance as a Product Manager may seem almost impossible.  This is especially  true since the position of Product Manager is different at every company. That is why it is important, in your transition, to leverage the- experience you do have.  Find a Product Manager role that suits you. One of the biggest problems

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A Day in the Life of a Product Manager with Etsy PM

4 min read Product Managers possess very diverse workdays from each other.  They also have diverse workdays in that there are so much different tasks to be completed during a day’s work.  Product Managers also possess very diverse backgrounds, as their careers rarely encompass just one company and their interests vary outside of Product Management.  Today we talked with Varsha Venugopal, a Product Manager at Etsy to discuss what her career interests are and how she

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How to Strategize Winning the PM Job Hunting Game

3 min read The Product Management job hunting process has always been tricky to walk through.  There have been many people who want to fulfill Product Manager positions, but they somehow can’t seem to overcome some obstacle that stands in the way of their success.  These people are sometimes qualified, sometimes experienced, and sometimes possesses the necessary skills to be amazing at the job.  Some people have been more successful in their endeavors

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The One Obstacle People Face when Applying for PM Jobs

3 min read Landing a Product Manager job is hard for many people, and the reasons for such a situation varies based on every person.  However, there are common obstacles that befall many applicants and prospective hires.  Most of these are psychological, with many of these caused by inexperience from new Product Managers that recently made the transition over to the field or uneasiness by Product Managers of any background that are new to the job-hunting process.  We here at Product Gym will

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How to Win the Wayfair Product Manager Interview

2 min read In Product Gym, we have encountered many people that have been either student or have been teachers at our courses that have dealt with noteworthy companies like Wayfair.  The Boston-based E-commerce giant has been heavily pursued as a great place to work at by Product Managers and non-Product Managers alike.  However, when it comes to applying for a Product Manager position at Wayfair, it becomes very hard to get

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Why You Need to Stop Thinking about Taking a Pay Cut

2 min read When people are transitioning into Product Management from a non-Product field such as finance or consulting.  Most believe that their backgrounds aren’t impressive to Heads of Product and hiring parties for companies’ product teams.  They believe that they are at a disadvantage to everyone else because their background in another field has little or no resemblance to the Product Manager role that they are applying for.  As a result, people who haven’t yet completed the transition will look for ways to

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How to Negotiate the Best Product Manager Offer for You Podcast

2 min read As we always tell our members, it is crucial that one plays the numbers game when applying/negotiating for Product Management roles. More offers create more options! Once you have a number of offers on the table, the next step is to navigate through each of them to decide which one is best for you. Suppose you really want to work at one company but you feel like you are

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