product manager interview
I remember my first PM interview a long time ago.
It happened during my on-site Microsoft interview for a software engineering role; the recruiters decided that they would have me interview for PM because I had strong communication skills. I had no idea what PM was all about! But I figured I’d play along, do what I was asked, and take this PM interview. Besides, they gave me a nice compliment. I had to reciprocate!
I still remember that first PM interview question: “How would you design a TV remote?” It was tough to answer because I had never used a remote before in my life!
I’ve come a long way since then: I have lots of experience using TV remotes now.
PM interview prep has come a long way as well. Our collective knowledge on how to prepare for those interviews have improved dramatically. We’ve got frameworks likes CIRCLES, AARM and DIGS to get us through tough product design, analytics, and behavioral interview questions.
To provide some encouragement, I’ve included this note I received from one of my readers. She successfully received offers from Google, Facebook and more last fall. And the cool part: she’s a busy mom too.
Conquer those interviews,
Lewis C. Lin
There’s a new trend in product management interviews: the take home assignment.
Take home assignments can vary in their format. They can either be:
Written tests that revolve around hypothetical questions
Written tests that revolve around case questions
Written tests that revolve around behavioral questions
As you can note from the repetition, take home assignments are simply derivatives of PM question categories that you’re already familiar with:
Simply apply the same frameworks and tips on solving behavioral, case, and hypothetical questions from Decode and Conquer and complete the take home assignment.
PS I’ve got more tips about take home assignments in my book, Secrets of the Product Manager Interview.
Product Manager Interview Question 7: how do you go about finding the data necessary to substantiate a potential business opportunity? /
In a situation where your intuition tells you there is a potential business opportunity, how do you go about finding the data necessary to substantiate it? Where do you even start?
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