I have been working on products and operations in a big Internet company all the year round. I have participated in several promotions with success and failure. I have also coached my teammates to participate in promotion many times, and I have email list also served as a judge for other people's promotion. I have some experience from various angles. Let’s talk about the general parts of the product selection post and the operation post, try to be able to land as much as possible, and hope to help everyone.
1. Being able to answer the questions of the judges is the key
First of all, it needs to be clear. Whether it is PPT materials or the judges' questions, the promotion defense is a process. The ultimate goal is to make the judges feel that you are very powerful and you are worthy of promotion.
Because the decision of whether to pass the promotion is in the hands of the judges, the first question that needs to be understood is: what kind of people are the judges, and how do they feel that I am worthy of promotion?
In large Internet companies, judges are usually leaders in various positions, and their rank is relatively high. Some large companies have different rank competency standards, which is better, at least the judges have a unified standard for reference.
If there is no uniform standard, it will be more troublesome. But no matter what kind, it is a relatively subjective and non-standard question to think that one person can do it or not, whether it can pass or not, and there is no way to quantify it like 1+1=2.
Because it is a non-standard question, subjective feelings are very important. Therefore, compared with promotion materials, answering the questions of the judges can better determine whether to pass the promotion. Judging from the various promotions I have participated in, this conclusion can basically be confirmed.
I understand there are two reasons behind it:
One is the question-and-answer interaction with the judges on the spot. Compared with the promotion materials, the physical sensation is stronger and can convey more content. Imagine that the judges asked one business question after another. You calmly and calmly gave the answer clearly and clearly. The feeling to the judges is that this student is reliable, professional and confident;
Another reason is that the promotion materials are easy to "ghost-write", and the "authenticity" is not as good as asking questions on the spot, because TL usually guides students to prepare materials in advance, and then the judges are also TL, everyone understands. At the scene, I have seen a few times where the material is well written, but I don’t understand it well.
Of course, this is not to say that promotion materials are not important. Promotion materials are the first impression, the foundation, and also very important.
I just want to convey a point of view: if the promotion materials are well written, the defense questions may not be passed. If the promotion materials are not well written, the defense questions are likely to be unreliable.
In addition, whether it is promotion materials or defense questions, they are essentially examining the candidates' understanding of the project, but the form is different (and there are basically templates for promotion materials).