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The SAR Method for Product Management Interview Questions

tl:dr version of https://www.productschool.com/blog/product-management-2/the-sar-method-for-product-management-interview-questions/

“…Product Management interviews feature a lot of questions that are meant to show how candidates really fulfill their tasks. This article will show you how to use the SAR method to answer these challenging Product Management interview questions.

…What does “SAR” even mean?

Situation.

Action.

Result.

Can you start figuring out what an answer based on this looks like? Imagine that they ask you “How did you deal with a disagreement with the engineering team?”. First, you describe the situation: a particular instance where your goals and those of the technical team were misaligned. Then, you describe the actions you took to solve this conflict. Finally, you explain the results linked to your intervention….

Let’s see why the SAR method is extremely useful to structure any interview answer:

  1. “The situation paints a picture of who you are as a professional. Literally, it describes a scene where you are taking care of things in an office. This is a key interview goal.
  2. You are not just dropping names and numbers; you are adding actions and context to them. This way, they become way more real than your resume and other application materials.
  3. The fact that you are willing to go in detail shows that you are open and honest. Especially if the story sounds less as “bragging” and more like a situation which truly tested your skills.
  4. The way you arrived at a conclusion and put your decisions in motion reveals your thinking process. This is crucial for many interviewers, who want to understand the how as much as the what.
  5. Finally, the information and particular data you pick to explain the effects of your actions are clues to your robustness as a PM. Particularly, your rigor when justifying your actions.”
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What People Don’t Tell You About Product Management

tl:dr version of https://medium.com/better-humans/what-people-dont-tell-you-about-product-management-b87bc11b1865

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The power of “why now?” as a prioritization technique

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/elezea/the-power-of-why-now-as-a-prioritization-technique-4cb9b24cb38f

“We have so many methodologies for prioritizing problems and features, but I’ve found that this one question is able to cut through all the complex reasoning and (rightfully) stop unneeded projects in their tracks.

…why it’s important to work on something right away is really helpful to separate the truly worthy projects from the ones that can wait.

…If we don’t solve this problem or add this feature right now, what do we lose? … [No solidly good reason?] that’s a pretty good indication that this thing can wait for later.

…it’s quite possible that a few months from now you’ll answer that question differently, and suddenly now becomes the perfect time to work on it. The point is that we should never do something now if later is a better option.”

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Rich Mironov knows how to build products that your customers will actually use (and shares his expertise with you)

tl;dr version of https://www.productboard.com/blog/rich-mironov-building-excellent-products/

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Hacking the PM Interview with fmr Amazon Sr PM

tl:dr version of https://www.productschool.com/blog/product-management-2/career-path/hack-pm-interview-amazon/