What I Look for in PM Candidates out of College

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5 aspects that I think are crucial to success

If you were to head to LinkedIn and put the words ‘Product Manager’ in the search bar, you would be returned ~14 million results. However, if you were to dig a little bit deeper, you would begin to notice a trend in the profiles.

  1. Switching functions within a company after a few years
  2. Obtaining an MBA then moving into a PM role at a new company

Do you have any professional experience?

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I completed 3 internships before landing my first full-time PM role
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My first ever internship I developed and tested wire & cable for Nuclear power plants

What tangible skills or domain knowledge can you bring to the table?

I’m going to be interviewing a lot of really smart people that also have a lot of solid professional experiences. What is a differentiator you can bring to the table? Two obvious buckets are: tangible skills or domain knowledge.

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Do you have any tangible skills to bring to the table? If not, consider investing time into learning one.

What products have you helped build and launch?

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One of the apps we launched in college. It allowed students to exchange tickets, books and leases.
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Concepts for an E-Waste Recycling project I worked on. Not every project has to be software-based.

How strong are your soft skills?

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Pitching another one of our software products to execs at Qualcomm’s headquarters

Are you a good culture fit (Or addition)?

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Leaders at top companies take their culture very seriously, as they should.

If you have any additional thoughts or filters that you or your company uses, please feel free to add to the comments below!

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💼 Product @ LinkedIn. 📘 Author of ‘Modern College’. https://www.alexvalaitis.com/

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