The Product Management Interview Blog

How to Transition to Product Management from Finance with Etsy PM

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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The One Obstacle People Face when Applying for PM Jobs

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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Why You Need to Stop Thinking about Taking a Pay Cut

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

As we always tell our students, 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 getting

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How to Prioritize Effectively with AppNexus Product Manager

Product Management is commonly described as being at the intersection of business, technology and user experience. With that said, part of the challenge is figuring out what to do with all the data coming from these different areas. We spoke with Tina Kit, a Product Manager at AppNexus, to discuss filtering out what she calls, “signals and noise,” as well as the importance of thinking

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A Day in the Life of a Product Manager with Hinge Chief Product Officer

The average day of a Product Manager is met with many challenges, from identifying the right problems to adjusting your team’s processes when approaching these problems. We sat down with Tim MacGougan, Chief Product Officer at Hinge, to discuss evolving your processes while also focusing on the right need at the right time. Product Gym: What is your definition of Product Management? Tim MacGougan: The goal

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How to Recover from a Rescinded Offer Podcast

It is very sad when a situation arises that a company decides to rescind an offer from an applicant or tells an applicant that they “are moving on toward other candidates.”  The applicant has obviously put a lot of effort interviewing for a position in the company and may have really looked forward towards working there.  However, the offer was probably not mean to be.   The company will rescind an offer due to either extreme circumstances considering another applicant or they

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How to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset for More PM Offers

Abundance Mindset We all have gone through this feeling after not being moved onto the next round of interviews: The interview absolutely sucked. Stop everything you are doing right now and just get calm. If this was a job you really wanted, you are going to feel it. You are going to feel that disappointment rip right through you, it’s going to suck,

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