How to Create a Positive Interview Experience on the Product Manager Job Hunt

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There are many attributes to an interview that could differentiate a positive interview experience from a negative one. Many people naturally feel apprehensive about the outcome of their interview, and that’s a given. However, following some guidelines during and after an interview can definitely help a person feel better about the overall experience. Such tips are discussed within this article. 

Ask for What You Need, When You Need It

A positive interview experience relies on what the interview candidate has on hand. One way to identify who will get a question right and who will get a question wrong is based upon what they have on them currently.

For example, if someone were to ask you at what time on a clock would the hour-hand and the minute-hand form a 65-degree angle, then the ones who ask for a pen and paper would be more likely to get the answer correctly. They take time with what they do, and this will more often than not lead to them getting a better overall result. If you asked for what you needed at the time of the question, such as additional information about the situation of a case study, then you’re more likely to succeed in the interview and have a more positive interview experience overall.

Treat Everyone with Equal Value and Respect

A common mistake for an interviewee, especially one who is in an interview with multiple people within the company of different statuses, would be to focus primarily on one member. This is usually the senior member or the highest ranking within the interview. Be sure to treat everyone as if you were already on the team, and to communicate efficiently with everybody at the job site. This could range entirely from the receptionist, or the front-desk operator, to the executives. If you walk into the interview as though you already work there with everyone as your teammate, then you’ll feel even more so like that after the interview. 

Take a Moment to Think

There are always tough questions that will be asked during the interview process. Of course, answering right off the bat with anything your mind comes up with may not always be the very best. For example, a question asked could be “Why are you passionate about pursuing this career path in your life?” Instead of answering so quickly, you could always give yourself ample time to gather your thoughts, such as delaying an answer with your own personal quote for difficult-to-answer situations. Such quotes could include:

“That’s a very interesting question. If I had to give a definitive explanation, it would be…”

“That’s a difficult question to answer. I would have to say…”

You could also repeat the question while giving more thought to what your answer to it would be. After all, in an interview, the answers to a question matter tremendously, and depending on your answer, you may or may not move onto the next round, or land the job. Thus, having the extra time to provide for an amazing answer could be a lifesaver. 

Write Your Interviewer(s) a Thank You Note

When the interviewing session is all done and dealt with, it’s common practice to address to your interviewer a ‘Thank You’ email. This shows your dedication to the role, and how interested you are, as well as how thankful you are to the interviewer for taking the time out of their schedule to introduce you to this amazing opportunity. This is also out of best courtesies, and will definitely make you stand-out compared to those who don’t write emails.

Following all of these, you may find yourself feeling much better after your interviews. Of course, feeling anxious about the outcome of an interview is a natural given for most people, but it is still possible to mitigate this feeling of anxiety.

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