The One Thing I Wish More Candidates Asked in Their Product Management Interviews

Ben Staples
5 min readNov 7, 2022
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Finding a new job is hard. Hiring is also hard. As a hiring manager you’re working two jobs; one as an interviewer / recruiter, the other still trying to fulfill your normal responsibilities. I recently had an opening on my team. After countless interviews, phone calls, and screeners, we’ve landed with a stellar Product Manager that made all that pain worth it.

Now that the marathon is over, I thought back on the experience and asked myself; what is the one thing I wished candidates asked in their interview that never seemed to come up? All interviewers should save time for questions, and coming prepared with the right ones to ask will book-end your interview with either a great finish or a terrible one.

Well I’m sick of waiting for someone to ask so here it is. Thanks to Bessy Tam for originally teaching me this as an interviewee.

The very best question to ask at the end of your Product Management interview is:

Do you have any concerns about me as a candidate for this role that I could potentially address?

One clarifier before we jump in; to make this a non awkward question, it 1000% needs to be asked in the realm of…



Ben Staples

Ben Staples has over 7 years of product management and PMM eCommerce experience from at Nordstrom, Trunk Club, and Vistaprint . Currently based in Chicago IL