Are you interested in joining Gartner’s growing team? Wondering which role will be the right fit for you? Below, Mustasim Azhar, a Product Analyst in Stamford, CT, shares about the skills needed to succeed on our product team and his 3 tips for career success.
How to Succeed on the Product Team
Mastering influence: Influence is essential for successful execution. It helps mobilize the team’s efforts and motivate them toward achieving the shared goal. When working with teams from around the world, who bring in their unique insights to the discussion, ensuring stakeholder buy-in often becomes challenging. My experience at Gartner has helped me structure my propositions in a manner that not only empathize with the team’s input but delivers my ask and justifies its contribution to the end goal. It helps ensure that team members know they are heard, their input is valued and can be refined further. Often the best ideas fail at execution due to ineffective framing. Mastering influence and effective framing are skills I get to iteratively develop daily through my professional interactions at Gartner.
Adapting to change: Borrowing some words from Stephen Hawking here: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” My role at Gartner provides me with numerous avenues to hone my resources for ensuring applicability to often-capricious client challenges. Leading problem-solving sessions on multiple accounts, it was not rare for new information to surface and challenge our previous understanding. In such a case, one needs to break free of the previous lens and analyze the situation from a different vantage point. Adapting quickly and effectively to changed contexts, while understanding the perspectives of different teams, has really help me problem-solve around high impact challenges.
My Advice for Applicants
Culture and team profile are more important than you might think: We are certain about the industry we want to work in or the kind of role that would be ideal, but a key element we often overlook is the impact of culture or the caliber of your colleagues in shaping the future you. My advice to potential applicants would be to weigh in such elements while prospecting your future career path. Think about it — you are spending the majority of your waking hours within this environment and ensuring that it is optimal for bringing the best out of you is the biggest favor you can do for yourself. An effective culture and team nourishes your skills, motivates you to deliver and helps you iteratively build yourself up through a continuous feedback loop.
Learn from the interviewer’s experience: The interviews provide you a captive audience with highly effective professionals from across the organization. Additionally, they are interested in knowing more about you. I would recommend that candidates utilize this favorable environment to their advantage by gaining from their refined professional perspectives. It would be optimal if you research the interviewers and come prepared with focused asks to learn more from them. Trust me, they will be more than happy to share. Regardless of whether you score the job or not, learning from their vast experience is definitely a win.
Managing uncertainties during interviews: There is a chance that your interview might take a turn that you had not planned for. During such times, I would strongly recommend to not spend more time on it than necessary, as you run the risk of projecting a minor setback onto the entire interview. You still have time in the interview to make your case. Carol Dweck (the author of Mindset) sums up the strategy pretty comprehensively: “Failure is information — we label it failure, but it’s more like ‘This didn’t work, I’m a problem solver, and I’ll try something else.’”
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