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Does anyone else get intimidated by the “gotcha” questions during PM interviews (seemingly simple questions that are very loaded)? Any strategies for how to handle them if you get asked one you didn’t prepare for?

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Do you have any examples of gotcha questions?

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I think going in with a cheat sheet on what you're about and what you're worth is important. So prepare a little list, just for yourself, to remember a few on hand: things I think are true of my personality, things I know about the industry, things/products I like, what I'm really good at, what I wish I was better at. Those categories tend to be the basis of any curveball question. Then just take a moment to put them together like a puzzle piece. So if it's what's your superpower - you reference in your head what you like and what you're good at. Is there something that would give you an advantage for either or both, etc. It's ok to take a minute to think about it too, let them see that you're contemplative and thoughtful. :P If you can say WHY you picked something, that's really great. And remember, the answers to those are NOT the deciding factor of your interview so if you "bomb" it just roll into the next question.

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As an example, I was asked “what is your superpower?” during a recent interview and I didn’t know how to answer it.
I just went through some of my strengths, but felt like I wasn’t following a framework the interviewer was expecting

I think they want to know how you think. So whatever you say, it gives them an insight into things you want/know etc. With SA 1's answer, it may be cliche, fine, but it still says something. I don't think these questions are the be all and end all. Just say something to give them a little tidbit about your brain.

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