How crisply can you answer the surprise, seemingly big-picture question: “what’s your philosophy of [insert your role]?” Or, similarly, “what makes a good [your role]?”
When you’re at an entry level, you speculate or say you don’t know.
When you’re intermediate (or sophomoric), you likely gush a huge paragraph.
When you’re a professional, it’s crisp and short.
Here are my best two:
- What makes a great product manager? Being CEO of the product instead of a ticket pusher.
- What’s your philosophy of startup CEO-ness? Three things: Set direction, get the right people on/off the bus, and make sure the company never runs out of money.
Don’t ask me my design philosophy. “Uhh… see what’s needed and do it?”