#AskMeAnything Session with Jyoti Bhatia Meta Product Lead
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Welcome to this week’s AMA with Jyoti Bhatia, Product Lead at Meta.
Joyti Bhatia is a Product Lead at Meta. She has 10+ years of experience in the end-to-end product life cycle.
Jyoti worked as a Strategic Product and Project Manager in multiple domains including internet security, insurance, and education with a passion to solve critical business problems. She successfully managed the redesigning and delivery of endpoint security products in a fast-paced, change-oriented environment alongside managing cross-sectional teams.
Previously, she worked as a Senior Product Manager at ThreatModeler Software and as a Product Manager at Allcity Global and Comodo where Jyoti was responsible to ensure successful product launches and optimization of the experience.
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For a fresher what he/she has to go through for an APM role?
Hey Jyoti! Thanks for being here. What prioritization frameworks do you use in such fast-paced environments?
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this AMA, Jyoti!
When will the next Meta RPM application window open? How should I start preparing from now?
Hi Jyoti! Happy to have you here
In your experience, what are the skills that Meta looks for when hiring Product Managers?
Hi everyone and welcome to Launch!
We are super excited to have @JyotiB here with us today to answer all your product management questions!
Hi Jyoti, thank you for joining us.
Folks feel free to ask away!
There are multiple prioritization frameworks that can be utilized. However, considering a fast paced environment, impact, cost, reach and effort (RICE) has been used in various flavors.
At Meta, the process of thinking around users and pain points is encouraged. The skills are primary around product sense, design, execution and leadership. For a detailed set of responsibilities, I recommend taking a look at their careers page and reading up some roles.
Ability to build products to solve pain points and learn from success and failures in a move fast environment, is a valuable experience.
Meta has a dedicated website for their RPM program.
Here is one link: https://www.fbrpms.com/
This is from under the FAQ section:
We hire RPMs once a year for two start dates in the following calendar year. There are five Facebook offices which support RPMs: Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, London, and Tel Aviv. We also offer a remote option in the United States. Applications generally open in late July or early August on Facebook Careers. We encourage you to sign up for alerts there so you are notified when applications go live.
Your application to the program will require a resume and responses to short answer questions. These questions should take no longer than 1 hour to complete. Applicants must answer these questions before they may submit their application to the program so applicants should be mindful of the application deadline and plan accordingly. Late applications will not be accepted.
Application timeline for 2022 start dates:
- July 26, 2021: Applications available (all sites)
- July 30, 2021 at 5 PM PT: Application deadline for Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, and US - Remote
- August 8, 2021 at 5 PM BT: Application deadline for London
- Rolling: Application deadline for Tel Aviv
What’s the first step should folks without prior PM experience do to land their first PM role or gain product experience?
What is the best way for PMs to help keep their teams focused when there seems to be competing priorities at the leadership level?
Ruthless prioritization is critical for a PM to cultivate amongst the team for it to deliver impact. It’s critical for a PM to be aligned with the leadership on the priorities and determine the timelines for the same. Once the 1-2 year strategy has been established, the PM can continue to communicate the half yearly roadmap and its monthly progress with the leadership , which includes goals and success metrics to determine how the team is progressing towards the goals.
For any competing priorities, the planning needs to consider the impact of the change in the competing priorities, resource needs and how it might impact the current roadmap.
In partnership with leadership , the updates to the strategy and changes to the roadmap (if any) need to be incorporated.
What is the preferred CV style for people who recruit Product Owner/Manager?
Should the CV be Project-based?
I mean like Project X - 4 months duration - accomplished Y
Or Traditional CVs?
Company name - years employed - achieved Y?
I am not sure of the CV style, but there are certain traits in a CV that are more attractive than the others. Some of these are: what was the impact to the user or the organization accomplished because of the efforts. Quantified impact versus just qualitative results. Hope this helps.
For candidates without product experience, there are multiple avenues to pursue entry into the PM field. Its about gaining knowledge and experience. Knowledge can be pursued through multiple courses offered through organization like Product School and / or college/universities. For experience, one can explore if the current project or organization has avenue to contribute and engage in those career moves. Apply for Entry level roles to organizations of interest. Some organizations also offer intern positions and training avenues like the RPM (Rotational Product Manager) program at Meta. Engaging with PM communities on LinkedIn and networking are areas that can help.
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Thank you Product School for organizing the AMA series and inviting me to it. I hope the session was helpful to those who attended. Wishing each one nothing but the best in the product journey!