16 Product Management Interview Questions You Need to Think About

The scope of Product Management Interview(s) is some of the broadest and deepest of any role that software companies are hiring for. Simply put, Product Management is a new industry and profession that has not been readily defined. Thus, you must have a depth of Product Management knowledge that also speaks to your Product Management background and personal backstory.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions in a Product Management Interview, specific to the first and second round calls that you would get from a Recruiter and from a Product Manager who is hiring. That Product Manager may potentially be your manager or could be the Founder or CEO of the company.

FIRST ROUND CALLS

  1. Tell me about yourself. Walk me through your background and experience.
  2. Why are you interested in {company}?
  3. Why are you interested in leaving your current company?
  4. What makes a good Product Manager?
  5. Have you ever worked in an Agile environment?/Do you work in an Agile environment.
  6. How do you determine if your Product is successful?
  7. How do you define your Product Roadmap?
  8. What are you looking for in your next role?

SECOND ROUND CALLS

  1. How do you make your team more Agile?
  2. What is your Product Development Lifecycle?
  3. How do you prioritize your Backlog?
  4. How do you make Product decisions?
  5. Where do you get new Ideas for Features?
  6. If {company} wanted to implement {some feature}, walk me through your thought process.
  7. How closely do you work with design?
  8. Tell me about a difficult time you worked with a {designer, engineer, senior leader, etc}.

ANSWERS TO PRODUCT MANAGEMENT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

With over 3000 interview questions from Product Management candidates, Product Management hiring managers and the best recruiters for Product Management, we’ve realized that the answers to all these questions lie in the candidate’s mindset.

The interview process is broken. A recruiter spends hours culling through hundreds of thousands of resumes, only to choose a couple to call and even less to promote to the next interview stage. It inherently becomes an interrogation when you get on that first phone call with them. That is because the power dynamic is clear – you need this job more than they need to hire you.

But – that’s where a fundamental shift in your mindset helps you control the Product Management Interview. You start asking the questions.  Create discomfort and interrogate the recruiter or the hiring manager. Essentially, you have to build the necessary confidence to feel that they are courting you for the job and not the other way around. The best way to do this is to understand that the answers to the above questions always depend on the product and the context.

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