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Best Practice Interviewing For Any Position

Best Practice Interviewing For Any Position

  • Create a job blueprint covering mission, outcomes, and competencies that the hiring process and interview questions align around 
  • Perform rigorous short screening interviews evaluating fit against the blueprint — using the same questions for all candidates 
  • Conduct detailed in-person interviews by the hiring manager with a walk-through of a candidate’s past and future evaluating fit against the blueprint — using the same questions for all candidates.

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What To Interview Product Managers For?

  • Strategic Thinking, including macro and micro level design making and problem structuring 
  • Technicals, including engineering and design collaboration tools 
  • Collaboration, including EQ and conflict management 
  • Communication, including the ability to inspire others 
  • Detail Orientation, including QA 
  • User Science & Empathy, including qualitative and quantitative user research.

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Evaluating Will: Top Product Manager Interview Question

  • Does the candidate understand the role? has she done the research to take the application seriously?
  • How does the candidate frame the role? Does the role feel important and ambitious? 
  • Does the candidate remember to answer the second part of the question? Many don’t, even though the second half is more important! 
  • Is this the type of person you want on your team now and in the future?
  • Is this candidate interested in product management because she’s a user-centered builder, or because she wants to add a Product Manager to her resume? 

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Evaluating Skill: Top Product Manager Interview Question

Other ways product leaders ask this question: 

  • VP Product at Target.com, Sean Murphy asks about what people believe are their greatest professional accomplishments and then uses those examples to dig deeper into the candidate’s ways of working, judgment and product principles.
  • Matt from Workframe asks: “walk me through a time where you figured out what to build.”
  • The candidate led a project on Reddit. He covers Prioritization, Resourcing, Stakeholder management, conflict management.

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Product Manager Interview Case Study/Example

I recently interviewed a candidate for a senior product manager role that needs a lot of user discovery for a Whitespace product. The candidate wanted to (and did) demonstrate strong execution, but missed the strategic thinking and User-Research elements of modern product management. He never once mentioned bringing users into the product discovery, development, and release process.

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The Third Big Product Manager Interview Question: Conflict

Reviewing responses from other senior product leaders about their top Product Manager interview questions, most questions fell into three buckets: 

  • “Why are you interested in the job/company/industry” to understand a candidate’s interests and ambitions. 
  • “Walk me through your accomplishment” to understand a candidate’s displayed competencies. 
  • "the conflict example" is either a hypothetical or historical example. Evaluators look for collaboration skills and use of user data.

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