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How I Transitioned from Engineering to Product Management - Part III: Preparing for the Interview

Jacky Liang
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Phone screen

  • Focus on cultural fit, logistics, experience, and behavioral questions
  • Spend time on the company’s website and have curiosity or opinions
  • Doing research (product, culture, strategy, mission) demonstrates proactiveness

Homework assignment

  • Assess skills and thought process
  • Ask in-depth product design questions to clarify company goals and generate solutions for improvement

Practice product questions

  • Practice makes perfect with case studies
  • Do mock interviews to get used to the environment
  • Maintain confidence and a clear thought process
  • Be methodical and process-oriented
  • Ask for time to gather your thoughts
  • Ask questions with an understanding of goals and users

Practice behavioral questions

  • Assess your leadership questions, decision-making, and teamwork
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer
  • Follow up with a thank-you note within 24 hours
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