Some issues which I came across, and have posted about before:
- Candidates barely get to speak to hiring managers during the recruitment process. A colleague mentioned how he was interviewed by a solution architect and the HR manager for a PM role in an IT services firm.
- You are likely to find a “young inexperienced star” running the product function in many startups today, who then looks for senior, experienced folks to report to him.
- Hiring managers in most startups are unable to understand the job needs and make generic job specification (very common across e-commerce websites).
- Resumes are so filled with jargon that they give no sign of a candidates skills, capabilities or achievements.
- 90-95% of applications on job portals may not be viewed by a human.
- PM training is reduced to a few certifications or some short term courses.
- Promoting from within (along with limited PM training) is reducing the firm’s ability to actually deliver great products.
- Recruitment teams are not able to filter good candidates, which is why candidates should start networking with anyone at the firm who can promote their application.
- Many business analysts or solution architects are positioning themselves as product managers, without having the necessary skills to do a good job.
More to follow