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What's the biggest weakness you see among experienced candidates for product marketing positions?

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Katherine Kelly
Katherine Kelly
Benchling Head of Product MarketingMay 18

I'll tell you a few of the red flags that immediately turn me off a candidate:

1. too many "I" statements. PMM is so collaborative, so cross-functional...if you are making it sound like YOU did all this stuff on your own, either I fully doubt it, or in fact that tells me something was wrong.

2. Speaking in too many absolutes. When I ask about how you do a thing, if you respond like there's one way - that actually makes me feel like you're just quoting the textbook. I love when a candidate says "well it depends...in this scenario, I did it like this. In that scenario, I did it like that" shows me that you're connecting insight through to strategy through to execution and I'm more confident that you'll be able to apply that experience to a new situation.

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Amy Loh
Amy Loh
Square Head of Product Marketing, Square StaffApril 13

One area that I generally push to understand is the ability to tie their work to business impact. I've interviewed many candidates who have led impressive product launches or been part of a big growth story. When they speak about their experience, I try to understand why they decided to go in a specific direction, what did they learn that made them change course, and how the results ladder up to the overall business goals. I want to hear them articulate how a successful launch ultimately contributed to their team's growth targets. 

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Eric Bensley
Eric Bensley
Asana Head of Global Product MarketingNovember 21

Ability to get stuff done while also driving strategy. To me, a PMM leader still needs to roll up their sleeves and driving a keynote deck, create foundational messaging for a team, get in front of customers. The messaging/positioning muscle atrophies fast. When interviewing potential leaders, I always probe into recent projects to understand how hands on they are, what they actually did vs directed, and if they have passion for the discipline. Good PMM leaders will always need to get hands on for key projects and not all of them are great at jumping in.

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