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Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers 

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Excellent Product Managers are identified based on three criteria of qualities: Must Have, Good to Have, and Bonus. The Must Have category includes communication, leadership, effective within the company culture, outstanding intellectual ability.

Playbook to Find, Interview, and Hire Excellent PMs:

  1. Finding candidates
    1. Finding a team of PMs with diverse experiences and backgrounds allows for competitive advantage against homogenous hiring processes.
    2. Look for a diverse group of PMs (candidates with Computer Science degrees, or with consulting or finance, Engineering, or marketing experience)
  2. Ideal Interview Process
    1. One-on-one phone screenings
    2. Superficial answers should give pause, genuine demonstrated interest about the space should intrigue.
    3. Panel Presentations Invite candidates to give presentations to a team of 8-10, evaluating how they handle engaging group dynamics, how they articulate and synthesize their ideas

Closing candidates

  • Targeting the rewards centers of the PM brain can help close a candidate that you love.
  • Most PMs crave having impact, sense of purpose/mission, growth, and autonomy.
  • Describe and communicate how they will get the rewards.
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