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.
The first round call with the internal product management recruiter will operate much like a checklist. They are going to ask you to talk about yourself, how you transitioned into product management or how you currently perform product responsibilities, why you are leaving, and what you are looking for in your next role.
To prepare for this first round product management call, you need to do basic research about the company. Find resources about the company you are interviewing for on Google News, LinkedIn, Crunchbase and other news outlets.
Remember to think like a product manager when you are going through these sources. As a PM focused on the business and sales side, you want to ask product questions that might impact the business models. Specifically, look for sources that answer these product questions:
You may not be able to answer all of these questions in-depth but you must have a general grasp of the direction that the business is in or wants to head. Otherwise, the product management information you need pitch yourself to the recruiter will be uninformed.
Specifically, you want to tailor your pitch to the first round recruiter to what they tell you. If they say that they’re looking for a product manager who is passionate about their mission, do your best to find a personal experience that speaks to it. Or if they are looking for a B2B product manager but you’ve only done B2C, focus your pitch on the interactions from when you interfaced with the business stakeholders.
If the recruiter asks you to talk about yourself first without giving you any context for the company, make sure to have your personal pitch and backstory ready. What should your personal pitch be and how do you craft a product management story, especially if you are trying to make a transition? Click Here to find more
Lastly, you want to sound energetic, engaged and enthused about the company. Ask lots of intelligent questions but some of the best questions to ask recruiters and product managers can be found below:
Best Questions to ask Product Management interviews
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