Product Managers are responsible for the roadmap and strategy of a product as a whole and work towards developing new features that align with the users needs. They work across many different departments and teams, especially researchers, developers and designers.
The main difference between a Product Manager and a Product Owner is that managers deal with external stakeholders, and owners only deal with stakeholders inside the organisation.
Some skills to look out for when interviewing product managers:
- Great time management, organisation and communication skills.
- A confident personality, product managers will be presenting new ideas often so they should be comfortable presenting in front of large groups.
Are you searching for an excellent Product Manager? Before conducting your interviews, take a look at our complete product manager interview questions guide to make sure that you’re asking the right questions to attract the best talent.
Please note: Our interview questions are suggestions for the earlier stages of the application process and for candidates with average work experience. They are therefore a little more general.
Interviews naturally breed nerves, so the first part of your interview should aim to make the candidate feel comfortable speaking with you, you’ll get much more information out of them and a better sense of the person they are if they feel like they can trust the environment they are in.
To do this you can ask some fun and interesting questions linked to the role, they should be open-ended and encourage conversation.