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PREPARING FOR A GOOGLE PM INTERVIEW

By Omar Fernández, Google Product Manager

THE GOOGLE PM INTERVIEW

Notoriously challenging, the process is optimized to minimize the chances of hiring the wrong person. Many talented individuals are often not hired. It is crucial to prepare in order to have a chance at passing the interviews.

Strategy

Design

Technical

Analytical

YOU MUST PREPARE FOR FOUR TYPES OF INTERVIEWS

STRATEGY

Questions like should Google compete in a specific market? The interviewer assesses whether you have good business acumen.

DESIGN

Questions like "can you design an elevator for blind people"? The interviewer assesses your ability to understand users and propose solutions for their needs.

ANALYTICS

Questions like "how much revenue does company [X] make"? The interviewer assesses your ability to break down a complex problem into manageable parts and make reasonable assumptions.

TECHNICAL

Questions like "design an algorithm to detect duplicate calendar events"? The interviewer assesses your understanding of computer science fundamentals and technical infrastructure.

START WITH A FRAMEWORK

Despite the wide range of interview questions, you can use a common framework to answer them.

Ask clarifying questions to understand the problem

Structure your solution - map out specific business goals, user pain points, and user needs.

Propose a solution for key user pain points, also propose alternatives.

RESPONSE FRAMEWORK

Evaluate pros and cons of your solution.

Practice with a friend.

Record yourself, then listen to yourself answering (trust me!)

Propose a solution for key user pain points, also propose alternatives.

HOW TO PRACTICE

Get plenty of sleep!