How to Get a Product Management Job at LinkedIn

If you’re hunting for your next job in Product Management, you should definitely already be familiar with LinkedIn! You’ve seen all the job titles possible (I don’t know what a Product Development Emperor is, but it sounds fun!) and you’ve been rigorously following your favorite Product Leaders.

But have you ever considered that LinkedIn could be the key to your future career in a different way? If you’re passionate about helping others build their careers and help build an awesome social networking product…you could be a LinkedIn Product Manager!

We know getting a job can be challenging sometimes. And getting a particular job which you’ve set your heart on is even harder! So we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a job at LinkedIn…

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Job Overview

Average salary: $216,159 for a Product Manager in the US.

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Locations:

  • Americas: Carpinteria, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Omaha, San Francisco, São Paulo, South Bay, Toronto, Washington D.C.
  • Europe: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai, Dublin, Graz, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Stockholm.
  • Asia-Pacific: Bangalore, Beijing, Gurgaon, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo

Benefits:

LinkedIn invests heavily in their employees, and that’s reflected in the benefits they offer. Benefits will, of course, differ based on location, but may include:

  • Health insurance
  • Wellness program (gym membership, classes, events)
  • Education reimbursement
  • Donation matching to your favorite charities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Fertility and adoption assistance
  • Childcare, elder care, and pet care subsidy
  • Survivor support

Company Culture

LinkedIn has a reputation of being an awesome place to work. It’s one of the highest ranked companies on Glassdoor, with employees noting things like a great work/life balance and 97% approval rating of the former CEO, Jeff Weiner, who stepped down in June 2020.

In 2019, LinkedIn was also officially recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality, disability inclusion, and one of the most ethical companies. Diversity and equality are top priority, which you can read more about here.

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In terms of workplace culture, LinkedIn has set out their main values on their careers portal:

Transformation: Every one of us is here to transform ourselves, our company, and our world for the better.

Integrity: We don’t believe the ends justify the means. Do the right thing.

Collaboration: We’re capable of so much more when we work together.

Humor: Changing the world is hard work. It’s important to have a few laughs along the way.

Results: We set clear goals. We measure our success. We fix what doesn’t work. We deliver.”

When it comes to working in Product Management for LinkedIn, you need to have a very customer-centric approach. Product Managers at LinkedIn are obsessed with figuring out exactly what the customer problem is, and solving it in the best way possible.

This is important to keep in mind when planning things like your roadmap and prioritizing features. At LinkedIn, the customer need will be the driving force behind your decisions.

Check out this great talk from a former Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn, Jasper Sherman-Presser:

The LinkedIn Interview Process

As with all Silicon Valley companies, getting a job at LinkedIn is highly competitive. Luckily, it follows the same basic hiring structure you can expect to find at most companies. This makes the job hunting process a bit less painful, as each interview is good training for your next.

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Step 1: Getting the interview

Aside from making your resume as attractive as possible, getting the right experience, and the right training, there are a couple of ways to actually land the interview.

You can find jobs for LinkedIn directly on their careers portal. (LinkedIn itself is actually a really great resource for finding all kinds of product jobs.)

You may also get a job through their employee referral scheme (this is why networking is so important!) or if you’ve properly optimized your LinkedIn profile, a recruiter may contact you directly.

Step 2: Phone interviews

The number of phone interviews and exactly who will be on them varies depending on the team you’re interviewing with. Generally, your first interview will be with a recruiter. This is just a box-checking interview to make sure you have the bare essentials for a PM job.

Then you’ll have between three and five more telephone interviews with various team members. This is where they’ll be gauging things like culture fit, previous experience, personality, skills….everything. You should be told in advance who you’ll be talking to, so keep that in mind during the interview. There’s room to be a bit more personable with another Product Manager than with the CTO, for example.

Step 3: Onsite interviews

Again, who attends your onsite interview/s will depend on what team you’re working with. They’ll likely be with Senior Product Managers and a Director of Product. These are the interviews where you really have to bring your game face!

Make sure you know your resume back to front. Show how data-driven you are by not just knowing what projects you worked on, but the metrics involved.

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LinkedIn Product Manager Interview Questions

  • What feature or piece of work are you most proud of?
  • How would you increase enterprise engagement?
  • If you were a VC, are you more bullish on AR or VR? What app would you build? What would be your killer feature?
  • How would you design furniture for Airbnb?
  • What is your favorite product? How would you improve it?

Need more interview questions? We’ve got an enormous list of all the Product Manager interview questions you could ever need!

Bonus: How to Use LinkedIn to Get a Product Management Job

While we’re on the topic of LinkedIn, there are some great tips and tricks to landing your dream role that you need to know. Whether you’re specifically looking for a position at LinkedIn or not, these techniques will make your profile more visible and better showcase your achievements.

  1. Finish your profile. Did you set up LinkedIn on a whim a few years ago and completely forget about it? You’re not alone! Step one will be filling out your profile with all of your education and achievements.
  2. Think about your keywords. If a recruiter is looking for Product Managers in Seattle, they’re going to type ‘Product Manager Seattle’ into the search bar. If you want to show up in their search, you need these words on your profile. Let’s imagine that you don’t yet work in product or work in Seattle, but you want to. Your bio could read ‘aspiring Product Manager, currently seeking roles in Seattle.’
  3. Use visual aids. Upload screenshots of things you’ve worked on, or photos of you with your team at events. Stay away from things like selfies and food pics, and focus on what acts as a visual aid for your work.
  4. Follow industry leaders. Not only can you learn from them, but they may share job opportunities within their teams.
  5. Send thoughtful connection requests. Don’t just blindly add anyone and everyone. You wouldn’t just walk up to someone at a conference and say ‘GIVE ME YOUR PHONE NUMBER!’ Not only can this seem a little spammy, but it’ll clutter your feed with updates you don’t need. It’s fine to connect with someone you don’t know personally, but include a little note explaining why you’d love to be in their network.
  6. Get involved in professional groups. Online Product Managers communities are a great way to network online if you don’t have access to your local IRL product community.
  7. Avoid funny/witty job titles. It’s fine to call yourself a Product Guru once you’ve established yourself, but at the start of your career and while job hunting, these aren’t helpful to recruiters, which means they’re not helpful to you!
  8. Interact with Product Managers. Comment on articles about product/tech, or even write your own. Share resources you think are useful and try to build more of a rapport with your network.

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