[October 2018] Product Manager Job Leads by Lewis Lin

We're into the fall 🍁, which means my half and full-day workshops are underway. Here's a photo from last week's visit to Philadelphia & St. Louis.

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Check with your career development office if I'm headed to your school.

For those of you at Columbia and NYU, I'll be headed your way this week. If you're attending my workshop, please do swing by and say hello!

JOB LEADS
To help you find the perfect PM role, we've created an open source repository to share product manager job leads. Many of these have been sent to us by our recruiting and staffing friends.

To see the full list, or to add positions you'd like to share, go here: bit.ly/pm-jobs.

Experienced Hires
Product Manager | AngelList | New York City or San Francisco
Product Manager | Slack | San Francisco
Product Manager | Robinhood | Menlo Park
Sr. Product Manager | Amazon | Seattle

MBA
Product Manager | Google | Mountain View
Product Manager | Yelp | San Francisco
Product Manager | Walmart | San Bruno

MBA Intern
Product Manager MBA Intern (Fall)| Zendesk | San Francisco
MBA Intern | T-Mobile | Bellevue
Product Manager MBA Intern | PayPal | San Francisco

Undergrad
APM | Lyft | San Francisco
APM | LinkedIn | Sunnyvale
APM | Oath| Sunnyvale

Undergrad Intern
APM Intern | Yelp | San Francisco
PM Intern | Tableau | Sunnyvale
PM Intern | Cisco Meraki | San Francisco

ESTIMATION QUESTIONS: ADDITIONAL PRACTICE
I've created new estimation questions and answers, and I'm seeking reviewers.
It's a great opportunity to get more practice. Email me if you're interested in providing feedback.

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Wishing you all the best with your interviews,

Lewis C. Lin

[Watermelon Edition 🍉] Lewis C. Lin's New Book: The Marketing Interview by Lewis Lin

I'm excited to announce a new book, The Marketing Interview. It's the brand new, retitled second edition of Rise Above the Noise, the world's #1 marketing interview prep book.

Updated for the digital age, The Marketing Interview includes two new chapters on digital marketing and marketing analytics questions. Here are the new questions covered in the new release:

Chapter 12 Marketing Analytics Questions

  • Let's say you run a display advertising campaign for an eCommerce website. What metrics would you track?
  • What metrics would you consider to understand your company's relationship with your target customers?
  • Which profitability metrics are most important?
  • You're evaluating a potential promotion, a $10 off coupon. What metrics would you track?

Chapter 15 Digital Marketing Questions

  • The number of shopping cart conversions has decreased seven percent week-over-week. What would you check?
  • Your boss wants you to A/B test your eCommerce site's product details page. What would you do?
  • Let's say you manage the website of an enterprise-focused company. Walk me through how you'd do lead scoring.

Finally, here's what one Amazon reviewer said about the new book:

After reading The Marketing Interview, I felt like I had been to several marketing interviews. The information in the beginning of each chapter is detailed but not overly complicated. The practice questions at the end let you put your new knowledge to the test. The examples also solidify the concepts of the chapter. Seeing how the information is translated into real-life business situations deepens your understanding. In addition to the answers, there are critiques of the answers. This gets you inside the interviewer's head, which does a great job at preparing readers to give the types of answers interviewers are looking for. It is clear that Lin has interviewed many, many people, and I found his insight very valuable. He knows what interviewers are looking for and relays that to the reader.

Have a great summer and wishing all of you the best with your career,

Lewis C. Lin 🦊

P.S. The sales results for May are in. Once again, The Product Manager Interview (TPMI) beat out Decode and Conquer as the top selling PM Interview book. If you're a PM and haven't checked out TPMI, you are missing out!

P.P.S. The Marketing Interview is available in an eBook edition too.

📣 Announcing a new Lewis C. Lin book: The Product Manager Interview by Lewis Lin

My newest book, The Product Manager Interviewis now available!

It's an incredible book.

It reveals the newest, most advanced thinking on how to prepare for product management (PM) interviews including:

  • NEW! 30-Day Facebook PM Interview Preparation Plan including product sense, execution & leadership questions
  • 30-Day Google PM Interview Preparation Plan
  • 36-Day Amazon PM Interview Preparation Plan


Don't miss out.

This is perfect for PM candidates who are looking for step-by-step guidance on how to prepare for specific companies, complete with practice problems and sample answers.

    It also includes one of the most anticipated sections: a reference sheet of nearly 100 assumptions you should know for estimation and analytical questions including facts from the:

    • Smartphone Industry
    • Online Advertising
    • eCommerce
    • Enterprise Software
    • Social Networks

    Lastly, since it is the third edition (previously known as PM Interview Questions), I've made thousands of changes, including major overhauls, revisions, and in some cases complete rewrites of the 164 sample answers in the book.

    With all the time invested, I'm proud to say that you will not find a more detailed product management interview prep book on the market.

    Conquer those interviews,

    Lewis C. Lin 🦊

    P.S. I've also re-released my salary negotiation book under a new, more descriptive title, 71 Brilliant Salary Negotiation Email Samples. Check it out!

    Sample Answer from The Product Manager Interview

    Amazon Product Manager Interview Cheat Sheet by Lewis Lin

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    Why? Amazon is hiring twice as many MBAs as any other tech firm.

    Aside from torrential job growth, there's another reason why MBAs should pay attention to Amazon; it's a phenomenal company to have on one's resume.

    This snippet, from my latest book, explains why hiring managers find Amazonians to be the most coveted, right after Google and Facebook:

    What are the best tech companies to have on a product manager’s resume?

    #3: Amazon
    More so than PMs at other companies, Amazon PMs are known to be absolute grinders. Amazon PMs, along with Amazon employees in general, are the only ones known to consistently work 60-hour work weeks. Many work more.

    Tough as nails, Amazon PMs will persist longer than others in impossible conditions.

    While Amazon is not as selective as lower-ranked companies (partly due to the fact they are on a hiring binge), an Amazonian’s grit is commendable and a big difference maker that edge Amazon PMs ahead of others.

     

    How to Download the Amazon PM Interview Cheat Sheet


    If I had an Amazon PM interview, and I could only bring one cheat sheet...this one would be it.

    Print out the high-resolution version of this cheat sheet, available in bothJPG and PDF.

    Cheers,

    Lewis C. Lin

    Google Product Manager Interview Cheat Sheet (PM or APM) by Lewis Lin

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    CIRCLES Method™ featured in Business Insider


    Let me start with good news. Decode and Conquer (D&C) sales have been scorching 🔥 this month!

    If you've been following who gets job offers from Facebook 👥  and Google, you know that candidates prefer D&C over other PM interview prep books

    Google's recruiters are also big fans of D&C.

    Business Insider revealed that Google's recruiters prescribe my CIRCLES Method™ as the #1 method when preparing for product design questions.

    Google recruiters also recommend my on-demand, coding interview prep materials too.

    Brand New Google Product Manager Interview Cheat Sheet


    Speaking of Google, I'm honored to share a brand new Google PM interview cheat sheet with all of you.

    It's fun, colorful, and Googley. More importantly, it covers all the different question types you'd encounter at the interview including product design, technical, analytical, and strategy. 

    This cheat sheet is based on my latest book, Secrets of the Product Manager Interview.

    The Biggest Mistake Google PM Candidates Make

    Google PM candidates erroneously believe that they the reason they didn't get a Google PM offer is because they failed the whiteboard coding interview.

    That's incorrect.

    #1 reason why candidates fail: poor responses to product design questions

    What are product design questions? Here are two examples from actual Google interviews:

    • How would you design a better smoke detector?
    • Design an new iPad app for Google spreadsheet.

    Product design questions aren't covered by the standard MBA curriculum nor consulting case interview prep.

    There are a few reasons why product design questions are so challenging:

    • Suffocating time pressure. Great products, such as the iPhone are not built in a day, let alone a 45-minute interview.
    • Limited domain knowledge. How can candidates suggest smoke detector innovations if they don't know how they work?
    • No support. Real-life innovation happens in teams; team members can build on each other's ideas. No such support system exists in a solitary closet-sized interview room.

    To do well requires lots of practice. And the best place to start is the CIRCLES Method™.

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    How to Download the Google PM Interview Cheat Sheet


    If I had a Google PM interview, and I could only bring one cheat sheet...this would be it.

    Print out the high-resolution version of this cheat sheet, available in both JPG and PDF.

    Conquer those interviews,

    Lewis C. Lin

    Facebook Product Manager Interview Cheat Sheet (PM or RPM) 👥 by Lewis Lin

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    Some big news last week: Facebook (FB) announced that they're now accepting applications for their 2018 RPM program. There's a reason why aspiring PMs are buzzing about this: FB is one of the most coveted employers today. Here's more context from my latest book, Secrets of the Product Manager Interview

    Being a Facebook employee is like graduating from Harvard. That is,  joining Facebook will offer a network of movers and shakers that you’ll find valuable throughout your career, trailing Google’s by just a tad.

    How to Prepare for Facebook PM Interviews

    Whether you're interviewing for Facebook, as part of the RPM program or as an industry hire, we've created a beautiful cheat sheet that covers all three areas of the FB PM interview:

    1. Product Sense
    2. Execution
    3. Leadership

    How FB evaluates PM candidates is different from Google or Amazon. I suggest that candidates get familiar with these three areas, anticipate the appropriate case questions, and create a Facebook-specific preparation plan.

    Execution Questions are the Most Mysterious...and Hard to Prepare For 

    Execution questions are the most mysterious question type. It's not a surprise that failing the execution interview is the reason why many do not get the job offer.

    One may think "execution" refers to one's ability to get things done, like a project manager would. However, that's not FB's intent. 

    When assessing a candidate's "execution" skills, what FB really means is testing one's "executive decision making." And FB evaluates a candidate's executive decision making skills through six categories of rare and peculiar questions that revolve around metricsROI estimation, and root cause analysis.
     

    Lewis' Exclusive Teaching Note on FB Execution Questions

    A few months ago, I penned a teaching note that:

    • Details the six different "execution question" categories
    • Shares my secrets on how to approach each one
    • Recommends relevant practice problems

    A small group of former clients and students have seen this teaching note. 

    But I'm prepared to share it again.

    If you're interested in receiving my teaching note on FB execution and metric questions, sign up here before September 1st, and I'll send it to you shortly after.

    UPDATE: You can sign-up for the Facebook execution notes here.

    How to Download the Facebook PM Interview Cheat Sheet

    If I had a Facebook PM interview, and I could only bring one cheat sheet...this would be it.

    Print out the high-resolution version of this cheat sheet, available in both JPG and PDF.

    Cheers,

    Lewis C. Lin

    ☕ 🥐 New Marketing Interview Cheat Sheet: 10 Frameworks You Need to Know by Lewis Lin

    I'm excited to announce a brand new marketing interview cheat sheet. It's based on my #1 selling marketing interview prep book on Amazon.com: The Marketing Interview (previous titled as Rise Above the Noise).  

    The cheat sheet covers indispensable frameworks for the most popular marketing case questions including:

    • Marketing plans
    • Go-to-market strategy
    • ROI calculations
    • Advertising critiques
    • Dealing with PR disasters

    It's ideal for both traditional CPG / brand management roles  (think: Starbucks ☕, General Mills 🥐, Hershey 🍬) as well as tech marketing interviews (think: Google, Amazon, Facebook).  It's also appropriate for general and product management candidates, who often get blind-sided with go-to-market questions.

    Why Marketing Case Interview Prep Should Not Be Overlooked

    Surprisingly, many candidates overlook marketing case interview prep. They assume that marketing interviews will not have case questions.  

    That's a dangerous assumption.  

    Product management candidates make a similar mistake: assuming that marketing questions will not appear during the PM interview.  

    Bad call.

    Here's why:

    Over the last year, many Google PM candidates have howled how interviewers have "invented a new question type." That supposedly new question type is nothing more than a go-to-market case interview question, covered in The Marketing Interview.

    How to Download the Marketing Interview Cheat Sheet

    If I had a CPG or tech marketing interview, and I could only bring one cheat sheet...this one would be it.

    Print out the high-resolution version of this cheat sheet, available in both JPG and PDF.

    Cheers,

    Lewis C. Lin

    PS Good luck to those heading out to the Prospanica and National Black MBA conferences for CPG & marketing interviews in September!

    🍔 🍰🍦Amazon Prime Day Deal, a Delicious Interview Cheat Sheet, and New Interview Prep Software by Lewis Lin

    Amazon Prime Day is in full swing, and we've got a deal for you.

    But first, I wanted to share two new resources for aspiring management consultants.

    Practice Software for Case Interview Math

    Amazon.com named Interview Math the #1 selling case interview math prep book. To help our readers master case interview math further, Jack Hyder, along with Daanish Khazi, created Interview Math Practice Software. Now you can practice Interview Math questions on your own. You can time yourself and answer questions faster.

    It's FREE.

    Works for both desktop and mobile devices.

    Sketchnote for Market Sizing Numbers to Know

    Next, Interview Math readers have loved our market sizing numbers to know cheat sheet. Katie, on my team, created a beautiful sketchnote version.

    Pictures are better than words.

    Katie's unforgettable visual makes those numbers stick.

    Amazon Prime Day Deal

    Finally, Amazon is offering $5 off any of my books priced $15 or more for Prime Day. Use code: PRIMEBOOKS17. Expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) July 12, 2017.

    Conquer those interviews,

    Lewis C. Lin