What are the Steps in Hiring a Product Manager?

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Product management recruitment can be challenging, but it’s an essential step to ensuring you hire the right person for the job. Taking the time to consider the specific skills and traits your product manager will need to succeed is an imperative step in the recruiting process. This article will discuss the most crucial aspects of recruiting when hiring a product manager.


Defining the Role of a Product Manager

Before you begin product management recruitment, you need to have a clear vision of the role of the product manager. Identifying the skills and traits necessary to succeed in the role will help you determine the criteria for assessing potential candidates.


When defining the role of a product manager, you should consider the type of products and services your company offers and your goals for the product. For instance, if you are looking for a product manager to oversee the development of a new product, then the product manager should have experience in similar product development and design. If you’re looking for someone to manage an existing product, then the product manager should be experienced in customer service, sales, and marketing. The role of the product manager should also include tasks such as market research, customer feedback, and data analysis.

It’s also beneficial to consider the leadership style the product manager should have. Finding someone who can lead a team and make decisions quickly is a necessity. The product manager should be able to work well with other departments in the company and effectively communicate their ideas and vision to the team.


Creating a Job Description

Once you have defined the role of a product manager, the next step is to create the job description. You should have a detailed list of the responsibilities and expectations of the position as well as any nuances to the role. It would also be beneficial to have a description of the candidate you are looking for, that way you can quickly evaluate resumes as they come in. When writing the job description, keep it concise and to the point. It should be written in simple language and layed out in a way that is appealing to potential candidates.


Advertising the Position

Once you have written the job description, the next step is to advertise the position. It can be done through various methods, such as job boards, social media, career websites, and job fairs. It is essential to ensure that the job listing is informative and written in a way that will attract suitable candidates.


When advertising the position, be clear about the role and the expectations. It may be tempting to keep it broad and open opportunities for a wider audience, but specificity is key here when filling higher level positions such as a product manager. Also  include information about the company and the benefits of working for the company. This could be information about your company culture, insurance benefits, 401k programs, gym memberships, etc.


Interviewing for the Position

Once you have screened the applicants, the next step is interviewing them for the position. This is your opportunity to assess the applicant’s skills, qualifications, and industry knowledge, so be sure to ask questions that can help you gauge the preferred qualities.


Ask questions about the applicant’s experience and qualifications, as well as their problem-solving skills and ability to work in a team. This will help you understand the applicant’s understanding of the product manager role and their ability to handle customer feedback and market research.


Onboarding the New Product Manager

The next step is making sure the new product manager is comfortable and prepared for their role. Provide them with an overview of the company, their team, and the role they play in your company’s success. Sit and talk with them about any resources they may need to be successful in the position. After the first month, have a touchpoint with them to discuss any feedback they or you may have.



Hiring a product manager can be daunting, and ensuring that you hire the right person for the position is no easy feat. The HR department needs to work closely with product managers to create a process that works for the company and considers the specific skills and traits product managers will need to succeed. By creating a structured and organized process for product management recruitment, you can ensure you make the right hire. Most of the work is on the front-end–creating transparent job descriptions, applicant evaluations, and onboarding resources will help you streamline the process and make better decisions.

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