The Ultimate List of Product Manager Interview Questions

What do companies look for in a new Product Manager?

Aside from intellect, smarts, the power to adapt, think and act on their feet? They want a person who is motivated to do the job, can work with multiple types of teams and has the ability to prioritize features that they already know users are looking for. A Product Manager has to be resilient, strategic and insightful. Which means the hiring company will ask a multitude of questions to figure out if you are the one.

Here is the ultimate list of questions you can expect to be asked in a Product Management interview for you to prepare and nail it.

List of Product Manager Interview Questions: General / Personal

  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
  • What do you need from your manager to be successful?
  • How do you say no to people?
  • What is one of the best ideas you’ve ever had?
  • What is one of the worst ideas you’ve ever had?

List of Product Manager Interview Questions: Product Management

  • What aspects of product management do you find the most exciting?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to build or motivate a team.
  • What do you think a day to day would be like for a product manager?
  • How do you think product managers interact with engineers?
  • How would you explain Product Management to a 5-year-old?
  • What aspects of product management do you find the least interesting?
  • Tell me about your role on your team, who else you work with, and how you work with them.

List of Product Manager Interview Questions: Behavioral

  • Tell me about a challenging issue or challenge you took on
  • Tell me about how you interact with customers/users?
  • Talk about how you overcame product failures/challenges or poor feedback.
  • Tell me about a time you had to influence someone.
  • Tell me about a mistake you made and how you handled it.
  • One executive says that Feature A is more important and another executive says Feature B is more important.
  • How do you choose which one to implement?
  • Tell me about a time you used data to make a decision.

 List of Product Manager Interview Questions: Product Questions

  • How do you decide what to build?
  • How many people are currently online in Europe?
  • How many windows are in New York City?
  • How do you decide what not to build?
  • What is the key to a good user interface?
  • What is a product you currently use everyday, why and how would you improve it?
  • How do you know if a product is well designed?
  • How would you redesign our ______ product?
  • What is one improvement you would implement to our _______ product in the next 6 months?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • What is a major challenge our company will face in the next 12-24 months?
  • How would you describe our product to someone?
  • Suggest a new feature for Amazon. What metrics would you use measure it’s success?
  • What metrics do you think would be important for us to track?
  • What has made _____ product successful? (might be the company’s product or another popular mainstream product)
  • What do you dislike about our ______ product?
  • How do you know when to cut corners to get a product out the door?
  • How many iPads are sold in the U.S. every year?
  • How would you prioritize features?
  • How do you think we came up with the price for _____ product?
  • Tell me about a company that has great customer service, what they do and why do they do it well?

 List of Product Manager Interview Questions: Leadership and Communication

  • Is consensus always a good thing?
  • What’s the best way to work with executives?
  • What is the best way to work with customers and users?
  • What kinds of people do you like to work with?
  • What kind of people do you have a hard time working with?
  • What would you do to get a team to stick to a schedule?
  • What’s the difference between leadership and management?

Also check out: How to prepare for a product management interview at Google

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