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The Product Manager Interview

Measure

  • product sense (discuss products, design, creativity, thinking from first principles)
  • execution/collaboration/metrics
  • analytical skills
  • technical depth

Questions

Product

  • How would you design _________? (e.g. a calculator for kids/alaram clock for the blind/a search engine.)
  • What’s your favorite product/service and why? How would you improve it? How did you measure success of that product/feature?
  • How would you measure success if you were the PM on Google search?
  • How do you know a product is well designed?
  • Tell me about a case when a product you were responsible for failed or underperformed. Why?
  • How do you decide which features to include in a product?
  • What tech trends are you excited about?

Behavioral

  • What are the most important skills to being a strong PM (e.g. if you need to hire one)?
  • What's the difference between a project manager and a product manager?
  • What types of people have you found it difficult to work with?
  • Tell me a time when you disagreed with an engineer. How did you convince him or her?
  • How do you get a team to commit to a schedule?
  • Who has the ultimate accountability for shipping a product?
  • How do you know when to cut corners to get a product out the door?
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