How I hire Product Managers?

Disha Chhabra
Mar 8, 2018 · 8 min read

Starting my journey as an engineer to doing my MBA and getting into product management has been a gradual and coherent move for my career. Having started my product management career with Yatra.com and building their holidays line of product as an individual contributor, I moved to Paytm where my journey evolved from being an individual contributor to one where I became a product head and a large part of my time was spent in mentoring, coaching and honing the skills of my team to set them up for success. Soon, the realization dawned that I could only be as successful as the PMs on my team; the larger responsibilities I was confident they could take and scale with, the more time I had at hand to think forward and spend time more strategically. I made some choices which I thought were correct and some which not so correct.

Sometime back, in one random conversation, one of my seniors in this industry asked me how I make hiring decisions. The question forced me to think and come up with the list of the skills I wanted to evaluate each candidate I ever consider hiring for a PM role against.

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Here is what I look for in an ideal product manager when hiring for my team/company:

Even in a world today when I get almost 10 LinkedIn requests every week from people seeking job opportunities as a PM, finding a great PM is often hard. Finding one candidate with all these skills is easier said than done. Depending on at what level I am hiring for, I give more importance to some of these skills than others.

Hopefully, this article helps people in knowing what does it take to be a PM, what does it take to hire a PM. For the PMs on my network, what do you think? Is there a skill I have overrated? Is there a skill I have missed? Wish to add anything? Would love to hear your thoughts/criticisms/applauds.

To read the life of a PM and learn from my corporate experience as a PM, checkout my recently launched book, ‘Corporate Avatars’

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Disha Chhabra

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Author of 3 bestsellers — ‘My Beloved’s MBA Plans’ , ‘Because Life Is A Gift’, ‘Corporate Avatars’ | Principal Product Manager @ Amazon | Ex-Paytm,Yatra | IIM-C

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Great Companies and Great Product Managers finding each other

Disha Chhabra

Written by

Author of 3 bestsellers — ‘My Beloved’s MBA Plans’ , ‘Because Life Is A Gift’, ‘Corporate Avatars’ | Principal Product Manager @ Amazon | Ex-Paytm,Yatra | IIM-C

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Great Companies and Great Product Managers finding each other

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