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Decode and Conquer: here's what readers say
THANK YOU! I’m a founder turned product leader and your content (I own Decode & Conquer, The Product Manager Interview, Interview Math, and The Marketing Interview) has been instrumental in teaching me how to a) think and articulate my thoughts in a more structured manner, b) improve my product management skills (not just for interviews but on the job as well), and c) not be totally paralyzed by intimidation.
I recently read 'Decode and Conquer' to prepare for my upcoming PM interviews. I found it very helpful and it has definitely improved the way I frame my answers. Thank you for writing such a great resource.
I am reading your book Decode and Conquer, and I’d really like to thank you for sharing a your experience as a PM. Great job.
I am reading your book "Decode and Conquer" and finding it extremely useful in my preparation for Product Management.
I'm a 2nd year MBA at the Ohio State trying to make a career in Product Management space. Your work has really inspired me, and I loved your book - Decode & Conquer.
I'm a software Developer turned product manager. Even though I had a short stint at product management, your book 'Decode and Conquer' brought a great deal of clarity and structure to my thoughts. Thanks a lot for that! Hoping to learn more from your compilations to excel in this role.
Hey Lewis! I wanted to thank you for the wonderfully written book and PM exercises.
Hi Lewis! I'm a BS/MS CS student at Stanford, passionate about product management. I wanted to thank you for being such an incredible resource for the PM community. Your book Decode and Conquer has really helped me frame my thoughts in a structured way, and having the answers to challenging problems really helped me get started in my PM journey! I also really appreciated this slack you created. I cannot emphasize enough how helpful it has been.
Hi Lewis, I wanted to say thanks for putting together the books and community for PM prep. It’s been extremely helpful to me and many others.
Lewis - just wanted to drop a line and again share thanks. I know I mentioned your books helped me when I first got the PM job at Amazon. They again helped me refresh, alongside my gained experience, when I moved to Google. That, as you know, is through an interview process that’s notoriously one of the hardest in the industry. The shared wisdom in the pages of the book (even when I sometimes disagreed with the methods and answers) was extremely helpful.
I just wanted to thank you for your awesome book Decode and Conquer. I've been using it to prep for PM interviews and have found it very helpful and easy to follow.
I've enjoyed reading both Decode and Conquer as well as The Product Manager Interview. They helped me very much with the interview I had yesterday.
Hopefully, they will help me with the rest of the process there, or with other places I might try.
Anyway, I feel it makes me a better product manager and I will recommend the books to my colleagues.
This community and Lewis Lin is the best. Just heard back from Uber, it’s a yes! 🙏 I had interviewed there twice before over the years, but it wasn’t until I encountered Lewis, his materials, and this community that I was finally able to crack it.
You've helped many people in ways more than you know. I wish to do that someday in my own way.
I have been diligently studying your books and participating in the pminterview slack channel.
Thank you very much for all the materials and advice you have provided! They have been extremely helpful.
I am a Zimbabwean who has been living in China for the last 8 years. No direct PM experience but your 2-week PM guide has been incredibly useful. I have also been reading 'Decode and Conquer’ which has gotten me up to speed really fast. Brilliant book!
I purchased Decode and Conquer - Answers to Product Management Interview and after reading it 10-15 times, was able to crack the interview processes at Microsoft, Amazon and UBER. Just wanted to convey my thanks for writing a special book with very relevant examples that helped me sail through. Also special mention to your recommended strategy of preparing mock-ups and screen visuals before the interview to win interviewer's heart.
Hi Lewis, I am sure you might not remember me, but we at Georgia Tech, I am 1st year MBA student. I wanted to let you know that I will be an intern at Google this summer, all thanks to platform you have created, without it I wouldn't get the practice I needed to succeed, your book was a major help as well.
Lewis, I am a current second year student at [top-tier business school]. If you remember, we had met during your session here last month, and I had mentioned how I had found your workshop and book useful for securing the internship at Amazon and was about to interview with Google. I have gone through the recruiting process with Google as well, and have an offer from them as well now for a full time role. Thanks again for all the help through the process through your material!
Hey Lewis! Hope you are doing well. Just wanted to share some good news - I landed a PM internship at Google this summer. Thanks for all your help, it was really useful! Let me know if I can ever repay the favor.
Your books are brilliant. I bought a couple of them. Keep up the good work Lewis.
I have just about finished your book Decode and Conquer and have found it to be enlightening. I feel that I already have drastically reduced the amount of PM interviews that I would have failed with a deer in the headlights look on my face:)
Hi Lewis Lin. Hope you are doing good. I am placed in a startup in Chennai as Associate Product Manager. I am so excited !! Thank you for all the help 😊
I recently recommended your book Decode and Conquer to a friend preparing for a PM interview and he was so grateful.
Your books and this Slack channel are much needed. Thank you for the value you provide.
Thanks a lot @lewislin for publishing the books and creating this community. This helped me get an offer.
Thank you so much for this wonderful group. It has been so helpful.
Your book Decode & Conquer is very insightful and acting as virtual guide and mentor for change seekers like me.
I have just had a chance to read your Decode and Conquer and wanted to thank you for sharing your valuable experience for aspiring Product Managers like me.
Your book, Decode & Conquer, has been immensely helpful for me understanding "product speak", since my professional background is actually in Sales & Marketing.
I hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! I'm spending most of my time off practicing for my Facebook rPM interview in about two weeks.
Thank you for creating an amazing community on Slack as well to practice mock interviewing!
Love your book "Decode and Conquer"! After reading it, I decided to check out your website and noticed you've posted n-day guides to prepping for Google, Amazon, Uber PM interviews.
Loved your session today. I have worked in startups for the last 5 years in India and looking to get into product management roles. Enjoyed reading Decode and Conquer.
Just wanted to share my gratitude for your work! Bought Decode & Conquer and enjoying every page :)
The Product Manager Interview: here's what readers say
Thank you so much for reading a fantastic book. It played a key role in landing a job at [top-tier consumer eCommerce company] managing their ML capabilities in London!
Hi Lewis, I just want to say thank you for sharing your valuable experiences. I read your older books and recently bought your latest one, The Product Manager Interview, what an amazing book. So much knowledge in your books! Thank you very much for your effort and sharing it with everybody.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom and expertise through your books and workshop (product management interview). I attended last year at Georgia Tech and will be referring to your material often during this job hunt! All the best!
Just wanted to send a quick thank you your way. Just scored a dream job at Facebook and your two books - The Product Manager Interview and Decode and Conquer - were a big part of my success.
First off, I wanted to share that I'm a huge fan and supporter of your contributions to both the product community and also to aspiring PMs. I own your book and have read your blog which have made a huge impact on me.
My Facebook interview, an Instagram PM, was exactly as it was in the study guide:
Weekly active users are down x percent. Walk me through your thought process on how you would solve it. This was fairly easy since i was fortunate enough to read few times.
The second question was about FB reactions. We have 6 of them and want to launch 7th. What's your thought process on how to decide to launch? What if the Facebook comments PM comes and let you know it is cannibalizing comments? What will you do then?
While prepping for a Facebook PM interview, I have found Lewis’ The Product Manager Interview as well as Decode and Conquer to be excellent.
Thanks for what you do...it's so helpful!
I'm a first year MBA student at [West Coast university] and we met when you were on campus at the end of last year for a Product Management workshop. I got my Decode and Conquer copy signed by you after the session. I wanted to inform you that both Decode & Conquer and 150 PM Interview Questions books helped me immensely in my preparation for PM interviews, particularly since I was trying to transition from a Consulting background. I have successfully landed the Sr.PM internship role with Amazon for this Summer, and it was my target company. I would like to thank you for the content you've provided and material covered in your books! Hands down the best questions I've come across in my preparation. Thank you again, and good luck with your future work. :)
I'm very much enjoying the book. It will definitely help me with applying to Google...
I want to begin by saying that your books have been the coaching / guidance I needed all along. I come from a background of Business Analysis and have been looking to make a transition to Product Management. I have done some bits of Product Management without knowing I was actually doing that. Going through your book, website helped me organize myself in not only my job search, but also in my current job.
I have all your books and PM interview courses. I really like how you make things simple to understand.
I’m following the 30-day Facebook PM interview prep, in your PM Interview book. I'm a great fan of this book and all your books!
Hi Lewis, I am a first year MBA candidate at the Olin Business School, pursuing a career in Technology. I really value your insights and your books have helped me land an internship at Amazon for this summer.
Hi Lewis. Firstly I want to thank you for creating such an awesome platform for learning for product manager community.
While browsing the content of your books on Amazon i was really amazed and really became your die heart fan. It is such awesome content.
For people like me who were struggling to find the right content and direction in this domain you have given us a clear direction.
Thanks a lot!
Hey Lewis – love your books, and your various resources have been helping me out a bunch. Thanks! Currently preparing for LinkedIn onsite.
You’ve created a super awesome community, especially the Slack channel. It is the best Slack channel out there! Thanks for all your contributions to the PM community!
Enjoying the book so far. Examples are great in helping to get into the proper frame of mind.
Interview Math: here's what readers say
I am writing to let you know that I got an offer from Google! Your books are really big help for me to get through all the interviews!
Hi Lewis. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that I really appreciated your book on quant interviews. It focused on just the right amount of info, was clear, and I liked the large number of practice cases. I breezed through my LEK quant consulting case because of it.
I love your book. Thank you for your help!
I find your book highly useful to tackle case interviews.
I've been working through Interview Math, and I wanted to thank you for providing us with this very helpful resource.
CASE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR TECH: here's what readers say
Hey Lewis, Just wanted to follow up and say thanks a lot for writing the book. It was a lot of "simple" concepts but the fact that you aggregated it all in one place was very valuable. Oh and I got the job!
Hi Lewis, I am reading your book, Case Interview for Tech Companies. It is an amazing book and I have learned so much. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.
The Marketing Interview: here's what readers say
Hi Lewis, a few years ago I read a book called Rise Above The Noise. I instantly recognized you when I saw this post. I just wanted to say great work! It looks like you're doing really well for yourself.
I'm applying for a product marketing role at Google on Wednesday. I just finished working through your book Rise Above the Noise, and wanted to say thank you so much for such a valuable resource!
Reading Rise Above the Noise landed me my dream job as a Microsoft Product Marketing Manager for their marketing rotational program.
I'm a product manager for an enterprise software firm. I have read both your Decode and Conquer and Rise Above The Noise books and find them to be excellent material to prepare for product management and marketing interviews. Thank you for these great resources.
Secrets of the Product Manager Interview: here's what readers say
I have just completed reading your 2 books - "Decode and Conquer" which was amazingly helpful and "Secrets of the product manager Interview" which also helped me a lot. I bought both of them as a Kindle addition in Amazon.
I read Secrets of The Product Manager Interview and find it very helpful!
71 Brilliant Salary Negotiation Email Samples: here's what readers say
Many [salary negotiation books] are full of fluff. This is hard won knowledge with scripts and email templates for every scenario. Highly recommend.
Firstly I would like to say thank you for your top tips in your 5 Minutes to a Higher Salary online talk. I stumbled upon it whilst watching a related video and found your advice - especially the sixth part pertaining to women - specific and insightful.
GOOD INTERVIEW CANDIDATE, BAD INTERVIEW CANDIDATE: HERE'S WHAT READERS SAY
Thanks for sharing the excellent essay -- perhaps it is worth of many books :) Every job seeker must have it.
HERE'S WHAT READERS SAY about lewis’ other works
I am an MBA student at UCD Smurfit, Ireland and was planning to move into product management. I came across your podcast on "Career in Product management" on ucdsmurfit.firsthand and must say it was very informative, specially the part on how to leverage coding experience.
Thanks a lot for sharing the insightful essay.
Thank you for coining a great set of characteristics for good and bad interview candidates. I am in the process of preparing to an interview. Your essay underlines and complement many ideas I was thinking about. Very good read. I truly enjoyed it!
Lewis - Thanks for sending this/putting this together. Completely appropriate and nice riff on BH's tome! More of these please.
Loved the 10 points you have outlined in the essay!