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When it comes to the Product Manager job hunt, the habit of “cherry-picking” the roles you’re applying for can be a problematic choice. When you feel that you’ve run out of companies to apply to, look back on your applications. Check whether or not 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 the years of experience and qualifications required?
If you find yourself asking these questions while assessing the opportunities you apply for, then you are “cherry-picking”. Read on as we detail why there’s a good chance this will hurt your job search. Here are the four main reasons we will be discussing:
- Your Research Does Not Guarantee You an Interview
- How Do You Know Whether You Will Like This Company?
- Secure the Interview First; Decide if You Want it Later
- Improve Your Interview Game, Confidence, and Momentum
It may sound harsh, but regardless of how much time and energy you spent customizing and conducting research on the company, there is no guarantee you will receive an interview. In the time that you spend cherry-picking for ideal roles, you could be applying to a number of great opportunities with a good resume built for the mass market.
80% of the roles posted on job boards are not urgent to hire. This means that the time you invest towards customizing your resume to perfection may yield little results. To get more interviews, the best approach is to apply for as many positions as you can, increasing your odds of finding a company that is urgently hiring.
Having a resume that is well-written and general enough to apply to multiple, if not all, Product Manager positions out there is the key to raising your chances of getting an interview.
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 begun applying for jobs, then you know that it can take a long time to hear back from some of these companies. While you wait for their response, you just have to keep applying. This way, you will increase your chances of getting an interview (which might potentially turn into an offer) at any given time.
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Regardless of your first impression of the company you are considering applying to, you have no way of knowing whether or not you will like working there. In every company, there will be people that love their current work environment and people who hate it. By cherry-picking what companies you apply to, you’re limiting your chances of finding a work environment that you could potentially love.
Many of our Product Gym members go on to companies they had previously never heard of, but who they love working for now. It’s common for people to change their attitudes about a company very quickly once they start working there. You might fall in love with the product, the people, and the culture. The contrary also applies too — you might be disappointed with the new job that you spent so much time researching as it falls short of your expectations.
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The bottom line is that until you start the job, you have no way of knowing whether you will like the company or not. How are you deciding whether you would want to work at this company? Perhaps you formed a strong opinion based on any of these questions:
- Are you reviewing their website?
- Are you reviewing the news you find about them from Google?
- Are you asking the opinions of people that are currently working there, or who have worked there 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 to which 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. Our members adopt this state of mind in order to be successful at Product Gym.
You have to apply to everything. Unfortunately, you don’t get to decide whether or not you’ll be offered an interview. The company decides whether to interview you first. Don’t drive yourself crazy focusing on something you have no control over.
Once they contact you, you have the choice to accept or refuse an interview with them. So, do your best to get to the stage where you take control by maximizing the number of interviews you can be offered.
Consider some of your interviews as practice rounds. This will make you a better interviewer, as you will become accustomed to the stress and awkward situations you face while interviewing. It will be a great opportunity to fine-tune your elevator pitch and your answers to the commonly asked questions. Looking at our members, we notice a significantly higher level of confidence in the members who interview more often.
Another great way to build confidence going into an interview is to come prepared. Check out our blog post about being prepared to answer every product manager interview question!
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 are two separate skills. Interviewing for a Product Manager role is about convincing the people 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, it’s also about mastering the technique of presenting yourself professionally, especially in the context of Product Management. Here’s our signature guide to the principles of how to market yourself as the ultimate Product Manager.
You can be a rockstar, hands down one of the best Product Managers ever, and still not land the job because you are not the right person to lead this team. When you’re interviewing for a company you’re really excited about, you want to bring your A-game. This is why you have to keep interviewing. Prepare yourself so that when you head in for an interview at your dream company, you’re confident and well-prepared.
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It is a step-by-step playbook on how to generate an extra 5 interviews per week. It has worked for our members here at Product Gym, and we recommend anybody serious about landing a Product Manager job in a short amount of time to read it too.