Product Manager Interview: Improve a Product

Product Manager Interview - Improve a Product

Another common question that is frequently asked during product manager interviews is “How would you improve X product?”

While the product design question asks you to design from scratch, this variation is meant for the interviewer to see how well you can understand the current situation of an existing product, propose potential solutions to any problems the product may currently have, and understand your ability to execute on those solutions.

As usual, you’ll want to structure your answer so that it’s easier for you to process in your mind as well as clear for your interviewer to understand.

Depending on the situation, you may either have the option of choosing an existing product to improve or your interviewer may propose his/her own company’s product. Either way: Continue Reading

Product Manager Interview: The Favorite Product Question

Product Manager Interview - Favorite Product Question

*Updated: September 2017*

One commonly asked question during product manager interviews is “Tell me about your favorite product.”

At first glance, it seems like a harmless question and oftentimes feels like the interviewer is just trying to make casual small talk.

However, don’t take this question too lightly; an interviewer may genuinely be curious about the types of products you enjoy using, but may also be using this question to understand how you think about products and get a sense of your standards for amazing products.

When approaching this question, you don’t need to follow a specific structure but we recommend using this answer framework:

1) What is the product and what does it do? Continue Reading

Product Manager Interview: The Product Design Question

Product Manager Interview - Product Design Question

*Updated: Sept. 2017*

A product manager’s core responsibilities include working with a team to design, build, ship, and continuously improve a product. During product manager interviews, most companies love to hone in on your ability to execute against these responsibilities by asking how you might think about designing a product.

The popular product design question usually takes shape in the form of something like:

Walk me through the steps of how you would design “X product” (some common questions we’ve frequently heard include designing: a pen for astronauts, an alarm clock for the blind, an elevator for handicapped individuals, etc…)

When you answer these types of product design questions, you should always approach them with a framework in mind. Below is one that we highly recommend: Continue Reading