Product Management Interviews

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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Sr. Director of Product ManagementFebruary 3
There are different paths that each product manager takes, but the common ones I've seen are: 1. Joining a tech company as an Associate PM or an intern straight from college. For college grads, I suggest starting by connecting with other product managers (e.g. via LinkedIn) to better understand......Read More
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Mamuna Oyofo, MBA
Mamuna Oyofo, MBA
Shopify VP of ProductFebruary 9
My personal take is that when I am speaking with strong product candidates, I can see a few qualities shine through in their story. For me, those are:  1. They are constant Learners/curious They are constantly asking questions and actively listening. They are readers and constant consumers of i......Read More
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Anton Kravchenko
Anton Kravchenko
Carta Sr. Director of Product ManagementFebruary 3
My favorite interview question was asked by a hiring manager ~8 years ago when I interviewed for an Associate PM position at MuleSoft. I was asked the following: "Imagine humans decided to take the moon and put it through a giant chopper/grinder. The mass that comes out of the chopper is being d......Read More
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Brandon Green
Brandon Green
Buffer Staff Product ManagerNovember 7
I personally bias toward PMs (or aspiring PMs) with a creative mind, whether that's shown through actual background experience in a creative field, or a highly creative or unconventional response to a question asked in the interview process. I find creative types (often with liberal arts degrees)......Read More
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Lizzy Masotta
Lizzy Masotta
Shopify Senior Product LeadJuly 26
What are your greatest hits? You really can’t avoid the “tell me about yourself” question in any interview you do and every candidate should be prepared for this question. I like to put a twist on this question and ask “What are the greatest hits of your resume?” Translation: Instead of giving......Read More
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Lizzy Masotta
Lizzy Masotta
Shopify Senior Product LeadJuly 26
1. Tell the interviewee what they want to hear up front Who are you? What type of interview is this? How long will this last? Will I be able to ask questions? What's the next step after this? 2. Don’t ask leading questions. For example: “How do you work with engineering” gives away ......Read More
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Lizzy Masotta
Lizzy Masotta
Shopify Senior Product LeadJuly 26
Interview Red Flags 1. During a Product Case Interview – If your interviewer is having to guide you through each section or prompt you with several follow up questions, that’s not a good thing. 2. If a candidate clearly has never used the product (hint: always sign up for the produ......Read More
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Brandon Green
Brandon Green
Buffer Staff Product ManagerNovember 8
I think going "above and beyond" is a totally subjective thing; it is up to each individual what is above their baseline of preparation for an interview. But - here are a list of things I think are table stakes, that every PM candidate should do at a minimum to prepare: * Know the company you'r......Read More
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Lizzy Masotta
Lizzy Masotta
Shopify Senior Product LeadJuly 26
There are 2 main types of interviews for Product Management roles: 1. Product case interviews 2. Behavioral interviews (by cross functional partners like UX or Engineering, or by the hiring manager) With either interview type, the surest path to failure is when a candidate shows up and wa......Read More
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Lizzy Masotta
Lizzy Masotta
Shopify Senior Product LeadJuly 26
There’s a ton of literature published on PM interviewing - frameworks, types of questions, types of interviews, etc. Your time is best spent introspecting, not obsessing over all the interviewing content. Memorizing frameworks won’t help you ace an interview. The more you know yourself, your s......Read More
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