Hi, I’m Dan, a former product manager and now advisor at Pathrise. I work with hundreds of product managers to help them land their dream job.
So, you have an onsite interview coming up and you are getting ready to wow them so that you can land your dream job. How can you make sure that you nail the onsite and turn that interview into an offer?
We created a list of 130 product manager interview questions, including questions from top tech companies, so you can prepare for your interview and ace it with confidence.
- Personal taste/experience
- Market sizing/estimation
- Pick and product that you like/dislike. Why? What would you change about the product?
- Apple question – What’s your favorite Apple product?
- Tell me a time where you had to make a decision in the midst of a lot of ambiguity?
- Autodesk question – Do you have experience estimating and managing a project budget? If so, can you describe how you managed a project’s cost?
- Box question – Describe how you used one of your greatest strengths in your job
- Cisco question – How do you work with engineering?
- Explain a process within your role that you learned or developed at your previous job which you feel is valuable enough to take with you to future position.
- eBay question – Describe a challenging situation you faced as PM recently.
- How do you decide which features are the best for a product?
- Facebook question – As a PM on the Facebook Birthdays team, how would you make it better?
- Choose a technology you are particularly excited about and explain why.
- FICO question – What experience do you have in writing product requirements and what product management methodology was used?
- Google question – Tell us about your 3 favorite unknown android applications. Why?
- HubSpot question – What is your product development process? Do you utilize experimentation?
- Intuit question – How have you had to deal with customer expectations in the past?
- LinkedIn question – If you were a VC, are you more bullish on AR or VR? What app would you build? What would be your killer feature?
- What are your 2 main product management principles?
- Rakuten question – Which stage of product management are you most excited to contribute to?
- Teradata question – What specific domain experience do you have?
- TripAdvisor question – What websites do you use everyday and how would you incorporate their user experiences into your product?
- Workday question – How do you engage customers in the product development process?
- If you have a disagreement with an engineer about what should be built, how do you go about solving that?
- Amazon question – Should Amazon enter into selling contact lenses?
- Pretend you know nothing about Amazon Prime. How would you price it?
- We know that 10% of the time a customer will enter a product into our search feature and it will return a “no item found” message. What are some of the possible reasons and how can we fix it?
- Apple question – There is an assembly line and all of a sudden it stops working. No one is around, how will you handle it?
- Cisco question – How do you prioritize your backlog?
- Dropbox question – How do you align stakeholders that have different options when you get into a project?
- eBay question – How do you decide which features are the best for a product?
- Show me your individual process to prioritize a product roadmap and its stories.
- Expedia question – The marketing team asked you to take down your feature from the landing page because it caused a lower conversion rate in Italy. What would you do?
- Facebook question – How do you prioritize competing features?
- Intel question – What is your vision of the industry and what strategy do you suggest?
- Intuit question – What technological trend do you see Intuit taking on in the future and how will it apply it to its growth?
- NetApp question – Talk about the future trend of storage management.
- Pinterest question – Currently Pinterest helps people store ideas via pins. How do you motivate them to take action, i.e. buy?
- Facebook question – Pick an industry that will be different in 10 years and how can Facebook be a part of that?
- Adobe question – What are some of your favorite product? Why? If you were the PM on this product what would you improve and why?
- Box question – Tell me about a feature you designed. How did you come up with this feature? What metrics will you use to track the success of the feature?
- Microsoft question – Design a novel remote control that has only one button to control the TV. Write the binary search.
- Cisco question – How would you create a minivan?
- Intel question – How do you see Intel’s recent market challenge? How do you design a product to overcome that challenge?
- Microsoft question – Design an airport traffic control system
- Design a system to advise drivers how many spots in the parking lot are free
- Salesforce question – How would you design a platform to encourage users to use new tools or other existing tools/features that they don’t use often?
- Uber question – Design an airport to optimize for luggage pickup
- Dell question – What does cloud computing mean?
- Docusign question – How familiar are you with APIs?
- What considerations would you take to develop a mobile app?
- Expedia question – Explain how an object is passed to the results page and what is included.
- Google question – When are Bayesian methods more appropriate than “Artificial Intelligence” techniques for predictive analytics?
- Microsoft question – Are there any complications in C when you try to typecast an Integer to an enum?
- VMWare question – What is a virtual machine? What are all the advantages of a virtual machine?
- Google question – How much storage space do you need to store all the info from Google Maps
- Groupon question – How would you design a Sudoku game for mobile device?
- HubSpot question – Talk about the most technical project you’ve worked on and the successes and failures within it.
- InterSystems question – Learn a logic system and produce resulting code to implement
- Microsoft question – How do you output a tree in column sequence from left to right?
- Design a method that removes every other node from a linked list.
- How would you get authentication to work across domains?
- Oracle question – How do you calculate the sum of integers in a randomly chosen rectangle within a finite grid of numbers?
- Rakuten question – How would you optimize an API?
- Salesforce question – How would you integrate video into Chatter?
- SAP question – Tell me how HANA works.
- Slack question – What would you build as an MVP for a 3D printer that can print any type of pharmaceutical?
- Spotify question – What does continuous integration mean?
- What is spaghetti code?
- VMWare question – What is the difference between public and private clouds? What is a hybrid cloud?
- Amazon question – Describe a customer feedback recommendation that you implemented
- Booking question – What metrics did you use to measure the success of a product you were involved recently?
- Box question – How do you measure effectiveness of your user interface?
- eBay question – How would you design a better metric for measuring seller success?
- LinkedIn question – How would you get sales professionals to post more links on LinkedIn? What metrics would you look at?
- Expedia question – Talk about a time you used data to make a product decision.
- How would you, as a PM, track what your a client selected in their itinerary?
- Facebook question – You are the PM of the Facebook timeline, how would you measure retention?
- LinkedIn question – What are some main KPIs for project X? Be able to talk at length about metrics and KPIs.
- Facebook question – How would you determine the negative value of an abusive posting?
- Slack question – Aggregate prints per household dipped but the marketing campaign was a success and unit sales increased. Explain why this happened.
- Intuit question – Describe some of the best practices/strategies you use for marketing data analysis and the different methodologies for devising marketing analysis plans.
- LinkedIn question – A/B testing – how would you test a certain LinkedIn feature? (Ex: ‘people you may know’ feature). How would you initially think about it when you don’t have any data to base the decision off of?
- How would you determine the success of a specific feature?
- Pinterest question – Choose an Ad at a given point of time from a pool of promoted pins from all advertisers and make sure every advertiser’s daily budget needs are met.
- Slack question – What is the most important metric for Slack and why?
- Snap question – Give an example of a data analysis process to change a feature or price of a product.
- Stripe question – Define a north star metric for a given product, how do you move the metric, how do you set goals, metric x is going up/down, why?
- TripAdvisor question – Review data of consumer conversion between pages in an Excel spreadsheet. Derive insights on the conversion data.
- Twitter question – How would you increase engagement of users with analytics features in Twitter?
- Uber question – There is a data point that indicates that there are more Uber drop-offs at the airport than pick-ups from the airport. Why is this the case and what would you do within the product to change that?
- Facebook question – How would you determine how to rank posts in the news feed?
- Amazon question – How did you size the market for your product? What metrics did you use to measure the product success? What would you go back and change in your product
- Google question – The NBA championships are about to happen and you are the producer of merchandise showcasing the winning team–but, you don’t know which team that will be. What do you produce and how much do you produce to dress the stadium visitors with merchandise?
- Microsoft question – How would you calculate the market value of the Segway market in the United States of America?
- Dell question – Can you analyze current market trends and opportunities for Dell for a Product X?
- Facebook question – How would you calculate the number of daily registrations that Facebook has?
- Let’s say you wanted to build the world’s most popular mobile messaging product, and you needed to estimate how much network bandwidth would be used in a year. How would you go about doing this?
- Google question – What will be the impact of self-driving cars?
- Choose a city and estimate how many Piano Tuners operate there.
- Microsoft question – How many ping pong balls can you fit into a warehouse?
- Twitter question – How many logins are there in a day into Gmail?
- What is the market size of toilet paper in Canada?
- Accenture question – What are the use cases you worked on?
- Adobe question – What do you do when a team stops working on the product and is only working on innovations and not listening to the needs of our customers and the business?
- Are you concerned about any features? What did we do right, what did we get wrong?
- Airbnb question – How would you drive supply-side growth for certain markets?
- Talk about a project you started and pushed through engineering – what data did you look at, what did you consider, what problem did you see, how did you resolve it?
- Amazon question – Think of a new product or business for Amazon, and describe how you would decide to create the product and launch it? How would you choose which features to implement and which are most important to our customers?
- What are the variable costs associated with sending physical products to customers?
- Apple question – Walk me through the components needed to build a data processing and reporting system.
- Cisco question – Can you explain market transitions and technology transitions?
- eBay question – How would you explain what the Internet is to aliens?
- Esri question – How do you translate a business need into requirements?
- Facebook question – How would you build Facebook for blind people?
- How would you bootstrap a product that helps people find apartments and how would you differentiate it from existing competitors?
- FICO question – Give me some examples of what you see as emerging credit trends.
- FIS question – How would you handle a situation where a vendor is not meeting a deadline, which in turn is delaying your deadline with the customer?
- GE Healthcare question – How do you manage if you have conflict with your team member?
- Slack question – What holds Slack back as you think of unreleased feature x? What would you build in the short term? What would you build in the long term?
- Google question – If you were the product manager of (unnamed product), how would you improve the functionality 10x of what it is now?
- IBM question – How do you convince non-designers of your decisions?
- Intuit question – Design an experiment for Quickbooks Online.
- LinkedIn question – What is a product you would improve? (Be ready to talk at length about why your improvement is important and how you could market it).
- McKesson question – Stakeholder A wants to build Feature 1 on product X and stakeholder B wants to build Feature 2 on product Y. You only have the budget and IT bandwidth to build 1 feature for 1 product. IT resources are shared across products. Walk me through your approach and your decision.
- Microsoft question – How would you market the Windows 8 pre-packaged product?
- How else could you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself became obsolete? (List many, then pick one and go into detail)
- NetApp question – A client makes a request for modifying the storage software. The client is insistent but the development team is busy on other work and is unable to dedicate time to the client request. Also, you are not sure if making an investment in modifying the software will be useful for other clients. What would you do in this situation?
- Slack question – How would you drive adoption of apps from Slack’s app directory?
- TripAdvisor question – What are the top features you would add to our site and why?
- Twitter question – If Twitter were to get into payments, how should they do it?
- Uber question – Name the most recent large concert, sports game, or event you attended. Based on your observations, what were some complications with ridesharing during the event, and how could we improve?
Our advisors meet with so many smart product managers who still find that they have difficulty with their onsite technical interviews. So, we also wanted to provide some tips for you to keep in mind to nail your onsite interview.
- Always start with clarifying questions
Sometimes, interviewers make a question intentionally vague. Always take about 15-30 seconds to think about clarifying questions, like “Can I wireframe this out first?” or “Can I take notes with a pen & paper?”
- Proactively show positive signal
Take the time to show that you know what you’re doing. This is a strong tactic used by candidates who want to reduce the amount of opportunities to show negative signal. In general 30 second “tidbits” of knowledge bodes well. Give background information as you go.
- Keep context in the forefront
Context statements let the interviewer know that you know what you are doing. By providing the reasoning before doing something, you can change how you are interpreted for the better.
- Know how to get help
Most of the time, it’s ok to ask for help. But, it’s important to know that some interviewers really hate the word, “hint.” A better approach would be to say, “my assumptions are X and Y, I’m thinking of doing Z. But I’m struggling with solving [problem].” You can also ask collaborative questions like,
- I was wondering if you had any thoughts.
- Do you think I’m going down the right direction?
- Do you think my assumptions are incorrect?
With these questions & tips in your back pocket, you should be more than prepared for your next technical onsite interview.
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