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Yes, we are addressing the dangers of “cherry-picking” roles to apply to. When you feel that you ran out of companies to apply to, check if you are asking yourself these questions:
- Where are these companies located?
- Are these companies located in your preferred location?
- Does the role fit me in terms of years of experience and qualifications required?
If you find yourself asking these questions while assessing if an opportunity is right for you or not, then, yes, you are “cherry-picking” the roles you are applying, and there are a few reasons why this is dangerous towards your job search.
Here are the four main reasons we will be discussing in detail:
- There is no guarantee you will receive an interview regardless of how much time, energy, and effort you spent customizing your resume and/or conducting research to specifically target this company.
- How do you know if you will like or not like this company?
- Secure the Interview with the Company FIRST; then Decide if You Want to Interview with them LATER.
- Improve Your Interview Game, Confidence, and Momentum
1. There is no guarantee you will receive an interview regardless of how much time, energy, and effort you spent customizing your resume and/or conducting research to specifically target this company.
In the time that you spend cherry-picking for roles, you could just be applying to them if you had a good resume built for the mass market. Having a resume that is good and general enough to apply to multiple, if not all, PM positions out there is the key to raise your chances of getting an interview. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that they will call you back, no matter how awesome your resume looks, as 80% of the roles posted on job boards are not urgent to hire. This means that you are probably spending a significant amount of time customizing your resume to perfection and doing all that research for little to no results.
You have to keep up your numbers. It can take up to two weeks before you start hearing back from companies. If you have already been applying for jobs, then you know that these companies can take a long time before they can get back to you. You just have to keep applying while you are waiting for their responses. This way, you will increase your chances of getting an interview (which might potentially turn into an offer) at any given time.
2. How do you know if you will like or not like this company?
Regardless of the company you are considering applying to, how do you know if you will like or not like this company? In every company, there will be people that either love or hate their current work environment.
Many of our members coaching with us go to companies they had previously never even heard of, but they love working there now. People can change their attitudes about their companies very quickly once they start working there. They could realize that they are in love with the product, people, and culture. The contrary also applies too – they could be disappointed with the new job as it just did not meet the expectations.
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The point is that you do not know if you are going to like this company or not. How are you deciding whether you would want to work at this company? Make sure that you are asking the following questions to yourself before you have an opinion about the company you are interviewing with.
- Are you reviewing their website?
- Are you reviewing the news you find them from Google?
- Are you asking people you know that are currently working at this company right now or have worked at this company in the past?
- Are you seeing what kind of people work at this company by visiting their company LinkedIn Page?
- Are you scanning this company’s reviews on Glassdoor?
Just like there is more to you as a professional and a person than how your resume, LinkedIn, and cover letter looks, there is more to a company than what you will find on the Internet. Apply for every position, go after every open role, and maximize the opportunities you expose yourself. The alternative is to limit the opportunities you can receive in life and corner yourself into a box. Who would want that?
We define this philosophy as an abundance mindset, and our members need to adopt this state of mind if they want to be successful at Product Gym. If you want to learn more about the abundance mindset, give this article a read!
3. Secure the Interview with the Company FIRST; then Decide if You Want to Interview with them LATER.
You have to apply to everything. It is not your choice whether or not you want to interview with them; the company decides whether to interview you first. Only until they contact you are you given the choice to accept or refuse an interview with them. You are going to be driving yourself crazy if you attempt to control something you obviously have no control over. So, do your best to get to the stage where you take over the control by maximizing the number of interviews you are getting first. Consider some of your interviews as practice rounds, which will make you a better interviewer as you will be accustomed to the stress and awkward situations you face while interviewing. It will be a great opportunity to fine tune your elevator pitch and the answers you prepared for some of the commonly asked questions. Looking at our members, we also notice a significantly higher level of confidence in the members who interview more often. At the end of the day, even if you have an offer letter, regardless of how much you like the company, you will be way more confident stepping into interviews, knowing that you already have an offer in hand and you can have a new job no matter how bad your current interview goes.
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Speaking of confidence, make sure you check out our blog post about increasing your confidence by being prepared to answer every product manager interview question!
4. Improve Your Interview Game, Confidence, and Momentum
Focus on the process and treat every interview as an opportunity to improve your interview game. Interviewing for a product manager job and doing the job has nothing to do with each other. They are two separate skills. That is why we coach working product managers as well as aspiring product managers at Product Gym. Interviewing for a product manager role is about convincing the people that are hiring for the position that you are the best person to lead this team, not that you can do the job.
Interviewing isn’t only about practice, but it’s also about knowing the right techniques to master the way you present yourself professionally, especially in the context of Product Management. Here’s our signature guide that summarizes the principles we teach to our members on how to market themselves as the ultimate product managers.
You can be a phenomenal rockstar, hands down one of the best product managers ever, and still not land this job because you are not the RIGHT person to lead THIS team. You want to bring your A-game when you ARE interviewing for a company that gets you excited. This is why you have to keep interviewing. Mock interviews can be fun, but they do not replicate the same stress you experience at a real product manager interview.
Get out there and kill those nerves. You want to show your best at the interview so the company of your dreams will call you back.
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