Maahir Shah has been working as a Product Manager for eight years. Here’s how he got his job as a Product Manager at Facebook.
Roles and responsibilities
I lead and work in a large cross-organizational team. I introduce new product initiatives that have well over 100 people involved in them.
How did you find out about your current job and why did the role appeal to you?
I found out about this position through friends who work at the company. It’s a fusion of enterprise SaaS and consumer tech since we’re building for 100s of millions of organisations across the world.
What were you doing before this job?
I worked as a Product Manager for three companies prior to Facebook. These were MediaMath (Director of Product), Citigroup (Product Manager) and Applied Predictive Technologies (Product Manager).
What was the job process like?
I submitted my resume then went through a very rigorous interview process, these included two rounds that I had to progress in.
Round 1 focused on product sense, execution and metrics, while Round 2 focused on product leadership.
What is your educational background and, if relevant, how did this help you to get this role?
I have a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Engineering Management. What I learned in grad school around building blue oceans was pivotal in me landing the right type of product role for me.
Tips on landing a role in product
- Break your interview question down into a series of decisions and if you are not convinced by a decision, do not move ahead.
- Have a rough idea of the end in mind before you even begin with the first decision so you don’t put yourself into a dead end.
- If you end up at a dead-end in deciding what you want to do in your career or how to approach an interview question, don’t hesitate to revisit previous decisions.
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