Fernando Delgado started his product management journey in 2007 with Google as an Associate Product Manager. In 2012, he joined Yahoo with the objective of relaunching the company. His job soon became his passion and he soon decided to become an entrepreneur. He co-founded La Tienda Venezolana, offering an effective channel to purchase products made in Venezuela to Venezuelans living abroad. In addition, Fernando has also been, for many years now, coaching and mentoring aspiring product managers to help them get their dream job!
We recently invited Fernando for a Product Talks by Pragmatic Leaders on “ Cracking a Product Management Interview”
Fernando says, while interacting with various successful Product Managers who wanted to change careers and companies, he noticed a trend that was similar to NBA. Following the Slam Dunk contest of NBA, Fernando concluded that the journey of NBA is a sort of like a product career i.e a very long-term goal but the interview is like the Slam Dunk contest i.e. you require specific skills and training just to crack it.
He adds, to successfully crack a product management interview you must spend time in making yourself valuable to the company. This essentially implies, that in order to make a company buy your skills, you must first learn to correctly market them.
After spending a substantial amount of time coaching and mentoring Product Managers, Fernando concluded that on an average it takes 15-20 hours of serious commitment to get to your peak performance. He shared a 6 Point Agenda that every aspiring Product Manager must follow if they mean serious business. The agenda includes specific frameworks such as prepare your own behavior stories, doing product analysis of different products, investing time in improving your technical skills, solving analytical and estimation questions and most importantly, chalking out time to do tons of practice.
Check out this AMA with Fernando to learn more tricks and growth hacks to crack a Product Management interview.
Below mentioned are some resources Fernando shared with us that may be helpful for you to crack your Product Management Interview:
- Cracking the PM interview by Gayle Laakmann Mcdowell and Jackie Bavaro
- Decode and Conquer by Lewis C. Lin
- Product Manager HQ: 5900+ Members
- Website: Productinterview.xyz
- Website: bit.ly/pmquestionbank
- Website: carlcheo.com/compsci