Top 10 Resources for Product Manager Interview Preparation / by Lewis Lin

There's a lot of product management (PM) interview advice on the Internet.

To help you save time, I've created a map of the most important resources for PM candidates below.

Read on, good luck, and crush those interviews,

Lewis C. Lin 🦊
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Facebook PM or RPM

Whether you're an RPM candidate or an experienced PM candidate, start with Facebook's official guide to product management candidates*. It'll provide an introduction to the 3 areas of a Facebook PM interview:

  • Product Sense
  • Execution
  • Leadership & Drive

Then, check out the 30-day Facebook PM interview prep plan included in The Product Manager Interview (TPMI). It'll prescribe a step-by-step prep plan, including specific exercises and recommendations.

You'll also want to download my teaching note on Facebook execution questions. Execution questions are a mysterious question type that's gaining popularity, not just at Facebook, but at other companies as well.

* For an alternate description of the Facebook PM interview process, refer my blog post: Facebook Product Manager Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare.
 

Google APM, PM or Senior PM

Google APM, PM, and senior PM candidates will benefit from reading thisBusiness Insider article.

Next, check out my 30-day Google PM interview study guide, excerpted from TPMI. Don't miss out on my Google PM interview cheat sheet, displayed here:

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For those Google PM candidates who make it to the on-site interviews, Google will ask technical questions focused on either system design, algorithms, or technical trivia. You'll find the technical topics recommended in my 2-week Product Management Interview Plan helpful. For those of you who aren't interviewing at Google, Facebook, or Amazon -- you'll also find the 2-week PM interview plan helpful in providing a comprehensive list of study topics and keeping your preparation on track.

Amazon PM

Familiarize yourself with Amazon's leadership principles and read about how they'll come into play at not just the Amazon PM interview but anyAmazon interview.

Amazon takes its leadership principles very seriously; it's one of the main reasons why they have the strongest tech culture today**. 

**Let's forget, for a moment, about those free Googley snacks and β˜€οΈ rooftop yoga at Facebook.

Use my Amazon interview spreadsheet to organize your responses using my DIGS Methodβ„’.

Lastly, jump into the 30-day Amazon interview study guide. There's no shortage of case interview questions including:

  • Product design
  • Pricing
  • Go-to-market.

The good news is, unlike Google PM interviews, you won't have to worry about technical interview prep. Jeff Bezos, after all, came from Wall Street.
 

Do Mock Interviews

It's easy to get familiar with the question types, frameworks, and examples from my books.

But nobody ever won a boxing match by preparing with books only. πŸ₯Š

Mock interviews are the only way to master those frameworks and provide perfect responses to questions you've never heard before.

Easily find mock interview PM partners on my Slack channel. Serious candidates will do at least 30 mock interviews before a Google, Facebook, or Amazon interview.

There's one individual who did 100+ mock interviews; he landed a PM offer at Google.

Who to Practice With

Does it matter if you pair up with experienced or inexperienced PM candidates?

According to one community member, who landed a PM job at Facebook, she learned something from everyone she practiced with: young and old.

So don't waste time trying to find the perfect partner.

Just do it.

New to the PM Interview?

If you're new, you might feel more comfortable shadowing someone who's doing a mock interview. The PM interview community is very friendly, so ask if you can listen and observe.

Some folks want privacy, so that's okay too. In that case, simply get a copy of Decode & Conquer. It'll introduce you to question types & provide frameworks on how to answer each one. And reading the sample answers will give you the over-the-shoulder glance of how an interview response might unfold. You can read those sample answers anywhere, anytime. No permission necessary.

One Last Tip

You may feel awkward about doing mock interviews.

You might also find it impossible to conjure interview answers that are on par with the sample answers in Decode and Conquer or The Product Manager Interview.

You wouldn't be the first the feel that way.

So muster that courage πŸ‹οΈ. Be comfortable with learning & failure.

Who knows? After your 50th or 75th mock interview session, your answers may consistently be on par or even surpass the sample answers in my books. If so, email me. You might be someone I'd like to partner with on my next venture.