The Product Manager Interview Process at Large Tech Companies

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This is a guest post from our PMHQ Advisor, Fernando Delgado.

Context

I worked at Google for 5+ years, where I interviewed over 150 PM candidates. I then worked at Yahoo for 3 years, where I interviewed over 100 PM candidates. At Yahoo, I was a member of the hiring committee for 2 years and co-founded the APM program. So the observations below mainly apply to those 2 companies and the Product Manager role.

When you apply for a job at a tech company, you formally enter their recruiting pipeline. That pipeline has a number of filters that cuts down the number of candidates at every step. At a high level, the process may look like this:

  1. Company receives resume
  2. Recruiter calls candidate
  3. 1 or 2 phone interviews (can be in-person campus interviews for college students)
  4. 3 to 6 in-person interviews
  5. Offer is extended

Note: occasionally, there are exceptions to these steps. For instance, if a candidate has an offer from a competitor with a tight deadline, the company may choose to skip step 3 altogether. Continue Reading