The Product Management Interview Blog

How to Transition to Product Management as a Lawyer with Twitter Product Manager

How to Transition to Product Management as a Lawyer by Twitter PM

In this article, we interview Twitter Product Manager, Neil Shah. Neil speaks about how he was able to make a successful transition to product management from his original career as a lawyer. Neil’s Transition to Product Management Product Gym: How did you go from legal to product management? Neil: Law firm life wasn’t for me. After a short stint in

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Podcast: Job Hunting Strategies for Product Management

Job Hunting Strategies that Actually Work to get a Product Manager Role with Senior Product Manager, ListenFirst (Podcast)

In this podcast, Rich, founder of Product Gym, speaks to Arkady Sokolov, Senior Product Manager for Analytics and Intelligence at ListenFirst, the industry’s leading and most comprehensive social analytics platform. Arkady was a former student of Product Gym and speaks to how he was able to successfully navigate our program to make his career transition into Product Management. We also

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How to Market Yourself as the Ultimate Product Manager

While many people trying to transition into Product Management may not have the direct title or experience, it is very likely they will have many transferrable skills that can be communicated in your pitch to frame your experience as a Product Manager. To start, we like to have our students refer to the template to help frame their pitch: “I

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4 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Every PM Position

In this article, we address the dangers of “cherry picking” roles to apply to. When you feel that you ran out of companies to apply to, you need to ask yourself: Where are these companies located? Are these companies located inside of your local area (i.e. New York), outside of your local area (in which case this is a city you contemplate moving to),

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How to Transition to Product Management as a Founder by BCG Digital Ventures PM

A lot of founders move to Product because it’s that collaborative cross-disciplinary skills you have to influence people to make decisions, gets input from stakeholders, and then if needed service that tiebreaker. This speaks a lot to the challenges of being a founder; it’s about listening and learning as much as you can about each domain to develop a better understanding, so you can prioritize while making everyone happy.  We talk to Muhammad Saigol, currently, a Senior Product Management

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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 Transition to Product Management as a Developer by Stash PM

If Product Management is a potential career that you are seeking as a Software Engineer, you should keep yourself open to the opportunities that may arise around you. Make sure you can identify business opportunities, as well as coordinate with stakeholders to figure out what their core goal is for the product in a long-term, technical perspective. Product Gym:  What’s your definition of Product Management? Nicholas Monje: In short, I tell engineers what to build. What I mean by that is the legwork of gathering requirements,

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How to Transition to Product Management as a Business Analyst by Vimeo PM

The Business Analyst position has been known to many as corporate’s version of Product Management. Vimeo’s Product Manager Ashley Chen advises people who wish to transition into Product Management to start gaining experience in the field through working at a startup.  From there, they can learn skills and develop a wide range of knowledge in many areas that would make them a very effective Product Manager. Product Gym: Since Product Management has been

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8 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Building Side Projects

At Product Gym, we are asked the question, “What do you think about building side projects? Or what are the best side projects for me to build?” The answer that we always tell to our clients is, “Building a Side Project is the worst strategy you can employ to land a product manager job.” The following are 8 Reasons Building a Side Project is the Worst Strategy Ever to Land a

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