The Product Management Interview Blog

What is Product Management?

Simply put, Product Management is fundamentally a mix of soft skills and technical skills where you will eventually sit at the intersection of all the stakeholder departments at your company.  To be successful, you need a firm understanding of who those stakeholders are, what their role is, how Product Managers currently interact with them, and the level of domain knowledge you need to know about their role. To start, we define

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How to Follow Up on an Interview with No Response 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.  You go to a Product Manager Interview and leave feeling like it went well. Everybody seems to like you and while you are heading out, the recruiter says they will be in touch. BOOM! You never hear back from them. It’s been 2 days, 4 days, 1 week… Here’s the big question: Should you wait

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What Makes Every Product Management Experience Unique by Spotify PM 

Product Gym: Justin, here at Product Gym we hear from our students and instructors all the time that Product Management is very different in every company, even on different teams within the same company. What are your thoughts? Justin Belmont: Absolutely. Even within a company, the role of a Product Manager can be quite different from one team to the next. Over the past year at Spotify, my role here has actually changed quite a bit as initiatives have changed. So the role of a Product

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The Advantages of Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond with Spotify PM

Product Gym: How did you get into Product Management? Charles: That’s a great question. I can talk about my career history because there is a whole story attached to it. When I was in college, I studied finance because I wanted to figure out how financial events affect human behavior– for example, how inflation causes the general population to adjust spending habits. I noticed that many of my classmates were

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How to Think Like a Product Manager in Reviewing Gazeify by Grubhub PM

Product Manager: Anthony Rudeen, Product Manager at Grubhub This product review is part of Product Gym’s blog series for practicing Product Managers to share their thoughts on recently launched or beta software products. The goal of this series is to expose Product Gym students, and professionals looking to transition into Product Management, to how a Product Manager thinks when they evaluate software products. What are your initial thoughts when you arrive at the Home Page? As I’m looking

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TOP Questions You Need to Focus On For Your Next Product Management Interview

Product Management is a relatively new industry that doesn’t have established definition as the software itself is relatively new. Especially Business and Consumer facing software for individuals that do not come from an engineering background. Thus the questions that come up are going to be broad facing, with no defined, textbook answer. The questions, however, ARE quite textbook. Specifically, the question

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile To Attract Product Manager Recruiters

If you are like me, then you are a big fan of the path to least resistance. There are only going to be so many positions you can apply to. Do you know that more than 80% of Product Manager positions are not posted on job boards? IF 80% OF PRODUCT MANAGER POSITIONS ARE NOT POSTED ON JOB BOARDS, HOW DO YOU FIND THESE POSITIONS? The answer is

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How To Win The First Round Product Manager Interview

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. Interviewing is a muscle. Your first few calls will sound the worst because you haven’t been exercising this muscle. You’re not comfortable talking about yourself and that’s fine. You need to picture yourself

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How to Brand Yourself as the Ultimate Product Manager

“I have x years of experience in product management, I started at {company}, where I was doing {something related to product management}, I left because of {this reason}”. The point that you are trying to communicate, is that you have a story in how you transitioned into Product Management. To tell this story, you must build the framework of your story first. You are the hero of

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