How to Ace the Product Management Interview, Product Camp Seattle Oct 2013


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  • Story: expert at a meeting table. Credibility and likability.
  • Problem: corporate speak. Jargon, stream of consciousness, ramble, ramble, ramble. Solution: communication structures. 1) Rule of three 2) chronological order.
  • Story: I’m at a Google interview, “You can build any killer product that you want. What would it be?” Space elevator. Here’s how you do it.
  • Story: uber story. “Uber is all about customer empowerment. It’s about providing data. Leveraging synergies between mobile world and a person who is increasingly on the go.”
  • Story: Starbucks story.
  • How to Ace the Product Management Interview, Product Camp Seattle Oct 2013

    1. 1. HOW TO ACE THE INTERVIEW Lewis Lin Seattle, WA
    2. 2. Agenda: PM Interview It’s an unconference. What do October 13 want to talk about? 2
    3. 3. What would you like to cover today? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • What are interviewers looking for in a good answer / candidate? How important are PM certifications and MBAs? Not a PM right now (e.g. sw eng), how do you market yourself? What questions you can ask to determine PM role and org? How do you standout as a candidate? Phone screen tips Technical product manager question examples Get an interview call – how to best prepare? Design questions (e.g. coupon system) What are hiring managers looking for in a cover letter What are HMs looking for in a resume Role of the Amazon bar setter (aka bar raiser) How to deflect interview questions that you think is more appropriate for someone else Differences between FT and consultant interviewing Startups vs. established companies Social networking tools October 13 3
    4. 4. Top 5 Tips for the Interview October 13 4
    5. 5. Interview tip #1 Details matter. October 13 5
    6. 6. Interview tip #2 It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. October 13 6
    7. 7. Interview tip #3 Context matters. October 13 7
    8. 8. Interview tip #4 Don’t do heart surgery, if you don’t know what the heart is. October 13 8
    9. 9. Interview tip #5 Practice. October 13 9
    10. 10. Releasing a book on Email me if you’d like to be notified Lewis Lin October 13 10