Get Hired as a Product Manager | Applying & Interviewing
What you'll learn
- How to answer interview questions like a Product Manager
- How to find & apply to the right Product Management positions
- How to write an effective Cover Letter for a Product Management position
- How to organize and optimize your resume or CV for Product Management applications
- How to research a company and a Product Manager position prior to your interview
- What questions to expect and prepare for prior to a Product Manager interview
- How to correctly tackle Product Management behavioral interview questions
- How to use the PAR / CAR framework to better answer "tell me about a time when" questions
- How to correctly tackle Product Management product creation interview questions
- How to correctly tackle Product Management estimation interview questions
- How to correctly tackle Product Management instructional interview questions
- How to reverse interview your interviewers and ask the right questions
- How to spot red flags in companies and interview processes before you apply
- How to make yourself stand out in a Product Management interview & application
- How to adapt to any question you get in an interview by thinking like a Product Manager
- How to make a great impression when interviewing virtually
- How to tackle take-home case studies commonly included in Product Management applications
- How to highlight your accomplishments in a way that Product Management hiring managers like
- How to do effective side projects to increase your chance of being hired
- How to effectively brand yourself online before applying for Product Management roles
- How to get started with your first Product Management job and hit the ground running
- No previous experience needed. Can be taken by someone in any role with any level of experience.
The role of "Product Manager" is currently one of the fastest growing, most in demand, and best paid positions in the entire tech industry.
Fastest growing: Companies are expected to hire an additional 2,000 Product Managers this year, and this rate of hiring is expected to grow +20% for every year afterwards (Glassdoor currently ranks Product Manager as the #4 hottest hiring position in the US).
In Demand: There are currently over 3,000 open Product Management positions in companies all over the world
Best Paid: Product Managers get paid on average $112,000 a year, with some companies paying closer to $192,000 a year even for junior level positions. This is on par with software engineers (!) despite the role being entirely non-technical.
Do you want to become a Product Manager?
If so, you'll have to navigate the notoriously difficult application and interview process.
Take home case studies, brain teasers, and multiple rounds of interviews are typical if you want to get hired for any Product position.
How you tackle these hiring challenges makes all the difference, and we're here to guide you through the entire process step-by-step.
A successful Product Management application doesn't just consist of knowing the right answers and what questions to expect.
To truly maximize your chances of landing the role, we took a holistic approach to the entire process: finding suitable roles, building your brand prior to applying, submitting applications, getting the interview, researching companies pre-interview, acing the interview, completing take-home work, and then deciding on the best offer.
What's included in the course?
We'll take you through the entire process for finding, applying to, and acing the interview for a Product Management position.
How to think like and get inside the mindset of a Product Manager before you even start the process
How to find the right companies & positions to apply for
How to optimize your resume / C.V., and cover letter for getting Product Manager interviews
How to research and prepare for each Product Manager interview
How to complete case studies and take-home work, if needed
How to tackle the big 5 types of Product Manager interview question types: behavioral, product creation, estimation, analytical, & instructional.
How to impress your interviewers by reverse interviewing them and ask good questions
How to follow-up post interview and spot any red flags that might change your mind about the role
How to hit the ground running when you do get a job offer and start your Product Manager role
Included as bonuses:
• A full mock interview (Apple) with walkthrough instruction from beginning to end
• 2 interviews with students that recently were hired as a Product Manager where they share insider tips
• A full interview with a Product team lead in charge of hiring for all Product Roles
• A full walkthrough of Product Creation / Design question (1 hour long)
This course is perfect for those applying to their first Product Manager role, as well as anyone interested in transitioning internally to Product AND existing Product Managers who want to apply for a new Product role either internally or externally.
Why learn from us?
We've successfully helped over 148,000 students learn about Product Management, and over 1,000 students get hired or transition into a Product Management role at companies like Airbnb, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Oracle, IBM, and Amazon.
Our courses on Product Management are the largest in the world, with a community of over 100,000 prospective and current Product Managers enrolled.
Your primary instructor, Cole Mercer, has been a Senior Product Manager at companies like Soundcloud, Bonobos, and Mass Relevance. He's interviewed 40+ times for Product Management roles for companies like Google, Facebook, Palantir, Netflix, and even Udemy.
Cole Mercer has been a Senior Product Manager at Soundcloud, Bonobos, Mass Relevance, and has taught the Product Management course at General Assembly in Manhattan, NYC. He is now a full-time Product Management and Strategy consultant.
Evan Kimbrell is a top rated Udemy instructor with numerous courses focused on Entrepreneurship. His courses have over 630,000 enrolled students and more than 32,000 five star reviews. For the past few years, he has also been running a digital agency that has produced over 100 web and mobile products for Fortune 500 companies and startups.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in applying for a role in Product Management
- Anyone interested in transitioning from their current role to a role in Product Management
- Current Product Managers looking to improve their interview skills
Hey there! I'm currently the Head of Product for Academy at Semrush.
Before that, I was a Senior Product Manager at SoundCloud where I work on listener experience for over 170 million monthly users across web, iOS, and Android platforms.
I'm also a former General Assembly Product Management instructor where I taught courses in person to students in Manhattan. I'm on Udemy now because I loved my experience at GA and really enjoy teaching others about things I've learned.
I have consulted for various tech companies, and while in NYC was also a Product Manager at Bonobos - a web-focused retail clothing brand where I oversaw web and mobile properties that generated tens of millions in annual revenue through tens of thousands of customers.
Included in my knowledge is a lot of enterprise and a SaaS product management experience - I was an early product manager at Mass Relevance, a social API and data-focused enterprise marketing platform which was acquired in 2014.
Much earlier in my career I spent over a year as a PM with an investor funded startup in Austin, TX focusing on driving traction for early stage companies where we had over 35,000 users. I moved to that position from an initial role as a web engineer.
My career in Product Management started after graduating from Babson College and becoming a technology consultant to several companies across the US for over 2 years. As a result, I am fortunate enough to have experience in product management that spans several industries and development models.
Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course.
**My courses have been featured in Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessInsider, BuzzFeed, Mashable, TheNextWeb, The Daily Beast, & Techcrunch**
Currently, I'm the Founder and Director of Sprintkick, a full-service, referral-only digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past four years I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from two-man bootstrapping startups to multibillion dollar Fortune 100s like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, and GNC.
Prior to Sprintkick I worked as a VC for a new firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firm's expansion into Silicon Valley and into the Consumer Web tech category.
In the long long ago, I was a co-founder for an educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through five tech incubators (yes, five): Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.
Hope you enjoy my courses!