Recruiting

The Differences between Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles for Product Managers

I’ve reviewed countless product manager resumes and product manager LinkedIn profiles, and one mistake that I commonly see is that the candidate’s resume and profile are...
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How to Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations as a Product Manager

To succeed as product managers, we need to demonstrate that we’re effective cross-functional collaborators One of the best ways to demonstrate that is to obtain a recommendation...
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How to Write LinkedIn Recommendations as a Product Manager

A LinkedIn recommendation can significantly boost the appeal of any product manager candidate After all, it’s a publicly visible recommendation, which means that the recommender...
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How to Write a Product Manager Resume [with Examples]

Whether you're an aspiring product manager or a senior product manager, you'll always need to have a fantastic resume Every hiring organization uses the resume to evaluate how...
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How to Craft a Solid Product Manager LinkedIn Profile

Your profile is one of the first things a product management recruiter will look at So, you should regularly keep your product manager profile optimized and up-to-date First,...
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What Does an Associate Product Manager Do? Role and Responsibilities

One of the best ways to break into the field of product management is to start as an associate product manager (APM) After all, the associate product manager role is set up as...
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Product Distribution Models

One reason why product management is so complex is that context matters Different product distribution models fundamentally change the way that products are built, validated, and...
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How to Become a Great Product Manager [Complete Guide]

Becoming a product manager is the frustrating chicken and egg problem Companies like to hire people with prior product management experience and it’s hard to get prior...
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How to Decide if You Need an MBA as a Product Manager

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “do you recommend that I get an MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) to become a product manager” My answer is,...
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The Critical Path Method for Product Managers

Product managers are always juggling lots of initiatives at once, so it’s crucial for product managers to know how to effectively manage projects and deadlines In my own journey...
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What Is the Average Product Manager Salary?

It’s hard to find stellar product managers Due to that scarcity, employers are eager to attract product managers through generous compensation The software product...
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Coffee Chats for Product Managers

The best product managers treat themselves as products, and that means that they have a deep understanding of which market segments they target and which pains they solve within...
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Interviewing with Engineering Managers

As part of the product manager interview process, you’ll find that you’ll be interviewing with engineering managers quite regularly After all, product managers work closely...
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Product Manager Interview: The Product Design Question

A product manager's core responsibilities include working with a team to design, build, ship, and continuously improve a product During product manager interviews, most companies...
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Product Managers Are Also Products

When I work with product managers, I strongly believe that the most valuable product they ship is themselves In other words, product managers are also products In fact, I'd go...
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Product Manager Interview: Prioritization Question

Every new feature or product your team works on is an opportunity cost for the company As a product manager, it is absolutely critical that you fully understand your customer...
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Product Manager Interview: Improve a Product

Another common question that is frequently asked during product manager interviews is “How would you improve X product” While the product design question asks you to...
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Product Manager Interview: Pre-Interview Research

As a product manager, you will be expected to know quite a few different areas of knowledge Not only are you required to become a domain expert in the product that you'll own, but...
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Product Manager Interview: The Weakness Question

Self-awareness is a critical trait for all product managers to have So, it makes sense for companies to test for self-awareness as part of the interview process One way to test...
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Product Manager Interview: The Failure Question

I’ve found that no matter what, part of the product manager interview process involves asking the failure question to prospective candidates The popular failure question...
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Product Manager Interview: Create a Product Roadmap

One of the core responsibilities as a product manager is to determine the long-term strategy for their product To do so, product managers create product roadmaps to orient...
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Product Manager Interview: Analyze a Metric Change

One core responsibility of a product manager is to analyze the performance of their product After all, by analyzing product performance, product managers can drive impact...
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Product Manager Interview: Create a New Product

As you might imagine, creating a new product is an extremely broad and open-ended topic that can quickly get out of hand If an interviewer asks you to walk through how you might...
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How I Became a Product Manager

In the PMHQ Slack community, we regularly get thought-provoking questions that we feel should be explored in-depth and documented for future reference We're starting a new set of...
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Product Manager Interview: The Favorite Product Question

One commonly asked question during product manager interviews is: "What's your favorite product and why" At first glance, it seems like a harmless question and oftentimes...
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The Product Manager Interview Process at Large Tech Companies

This is a guest post from our PMHQ Advisor, Fernando Delgado Context I worked at Google for 5+ years, where I interviewed over 150 PM candidates I then worked at Yahoo for 3...
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Growth Product Management

I’ve noticed that more and more people have been asking, “what is growth product management” and “is growth product management right for me” These are fantastic...
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5 Tips for New Product Managers

Starting off as a new product manager might seem daunting There are so many things to learn in such a short period of time, and you're expected to provide the vision and roadmap...
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How I Got Hooked on Product Management

This is a guest post that was originally published by Evgeny Lazarenko on Medium “I’m a Product Manager at TradeGecko, an inventory management SaaS-based in Singapore This...
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How to Find a Product Manager Job

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “how can I find a product manager job” I have good news for you: as software continues to eat the world, the need for talented...
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IN PROGRESS - Product Manager Interviews vs. Management Consulting Interviews

THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY HALFWAY DONE PLEASE IGNORE FOR NOW highlight similarities, differences Misconceptions About the Interview Let's also talk about what information is...
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Does a Product Manager Need an MBA?

  Another age-old question in product management circles is whether PMs should have MBAs At least today, an MBA can be a double-edged sword when it comes to recruiting for...
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5 Ways the Product Role Varies Across Companies

There are few professional fields I've come across as diverse as the product management field In all my conversations with other PMs, I haven't experienced one instance where...
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Should You Become a Product Manager?

A lot of our readers have been asking for advice on whether or not product management is the career for them I thought I'd first lay out a few points about common...
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4 Recruiting Tips for Students Aspiring to be Product Managers

  Last week I had the opportunity to return to my alma mater to help out with campus recruiting It was both humbling and eye-opening to realize that I was now on the...
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