What are some interview questions for product managers?
If you have landed an interview for a product management position, you are probably wondering what types of questions to expect. The interviewer will most likely pose the typical ice-breaker types of questions to get to know you, but do not be surprised if some questions seem off-the-wall.
The interviewer will want to determine how your past experience will translate into the new position. He will also want to assess your technical knowledge, business sense, decision-making abilities, and analytical skills.
Here are 25 potential questions you might encounter:
- Why did you want to become a product manager?
- Share some insights on how you would improve our product.
- How would you explain product management to a stranger?
- Tell me how you would build a product roadmap.
- What is the best feature you have ever built and why?
- What do you consider the least interesting part of the product management role?
- How will you decide which features to build?
- Take me through how you would build an alarm clock for someone who is hearing-impaired.
- What is the difference between waterfall and agile methodologies, and which do you prefer?
- Which metrics will be most important to track for our product?
- What would you change about our website to improve conversions?
- Tell me about the coolest innovation you have seen lately and why you like it.
- What feature would you like to see on the iPhone?
- Tell me how you would approach working with our development team.
- How many people are flying out of La Guardia Airport today?
- How do you know if a product launch is successful?
- Have you ever had a disagreement with a team member, and what was the outcome?
- If I spoke to your coworkers, what would they say about you?
- What types of people do you like to work with?
- Describe a time when you used data to make a decision.
- What has been your greatest achievement?
- What makes you really angry?
- Describe one of your failures. What would you do differently, given the chance?
- What are you most passionate about?
- Why do you want to work here?
Here are a few tips:
Whatever question you encounter, take time to think through your answer. The interviewer will want to see that you are thinking through the question in a logical way.
Do not be afraid to ask questions of your own. The more the interview feels like a normal conversation, the more comfortable both of you will feel.
Whatever you do, do not just answer a question with "I don't know" and just leave it at that. If you are not sure how to answer a question, describe how you would go about finding out the answer.
Best of luck in your interview.