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How to Win the Wayfair Product Manager Interview

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In Product Gym, we have encountered many people that have been either student or have been teachers at our courses that have dealt with noteworthy companies like Wayfair.  The Boston-based E-commerce giant has been heavily pursued as a great place to work at by Product Managers and non-Product Managers alike.  However, when it comes to applying for a Product Manager position at Wayfair, it becomes very hard to get in, as they are obviously selective with any position.  It’s therefore very important to gain any advantages you may have the opportunity to have.

The types of applicants that Wayfair are interested in are generally people that are passionate about E-commerce and creating scalable operational systems that will drive their business and elevate customer, supplier, and employee experiences.  Wayfair wants people to have experience with working on cross-functional or software projects, as well as working with large datasets while possessing the ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously.

We here at Product Gym have provided access to questions that we believe will be asked in the first and second round interviews so people wanting to work at Wayfair but worried about being unprepared will have a leg up on their competition and answer these questions assertively with heavy preparation.

First Round Interview:

  • Do you have:
    • experience evaluating and replacing enterprise software?
    • or, work well in a cross-functional collaboration setting?
    • experience leading a product management and/or integrations sprint team?
    • experience with Agile/Scrums and running a sprint team or kanban schedule?
    • any prior experience in application systems maintenance and enhancement projects?
  • List a time when you demonstrated a product vision and incorporate the company’s goals into the product roadmap.

Second Round Interview:

  • Tell me about the cross-functional skills you currently possess.
  • Can you explain more about your transition to Product Management from (list field)?
  • Tell me about your experiences with EDI. Discuss more in detail what your experiences with other software programs have been like.
  • Can you describe one of those setups in detail?
  • When you were doing A/B Testing, what specific things were you evaluating? (Transaction speed & volume?)
  • Have you ever worked with a checkout tool or an order management system?
  • What improvements would you make or what program would you implement to Wayfair’s transaction services? What specific transaction is this program that you envision that Wayfair can use help benefit are we talking about?
  • Are we talking about purchase order to a warehouse, transmitting inventory, invoicing, tendering loads to carriers, or updating facts to carriers?
  • What’s a typical day look like at your current company?
  • In your experience  and involvement, what are the most common KPIs?
  • Say you’re working at Wayfair, and we want to start shipping freight across the ocean in containers from our suppliers outside of North America and stock them at our warehouse here in the United States.  Is there a way to track that visibility from our supply chain?
  • If Wayfair builds a program to track the visibility (aforementioned in the previous question) internally, on the top of your head, what kind of things do you think we should build or improve on?
  • What’s your spirit animal?
  • What were some common issues you ran into in that specific space?
  • Is there a specific project that you’ll that you’re most proud of?
  • Is there a project that didn’t go super smoothly for you?  If so, can you talk about the problems and how do you overcome it?

Please schedule a call today or RSVP for our next event to see how Product Gym can help you land your next Product Manager job.

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