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Common Product Management Interview Questions

• What are the top 3 most important responsibilities of a product manager?
• When hiring product managers, what personality traits would you look for that are an indicator of success?
• How would you decide the necessity of a new product or a new feature to determine its GTM strategy?
• Describe a time when you had to decide between moving forward with your plan or continue gathering more data. What approach did you take? What was the outcome?
• Describe an example of a situation where you had to overcome major obstacles to achieve your objectives.
• Describe a time when you hired someone and it didn't turn out as expected. How did you handle it?
• Describe a time where you went above and beyond your job description.
• What would you do if somehow you misdirected 10K units of something?
• Describe a time when you had to think of more than one way to convince a person to agree with an idea.
• If your direct manager was instructing you to do something you disagreed with, how would you handle it?
• If you were told that you project was cancelled, what would you do?
• What would you do if you found out that your closest friend at work was stealing?
• Describe a time when you were leading a team, were assigned a goal, and didn't reach it.
• Describe a time when you had a conflict with a person and how you handled it.
• Describe a time when you had a group conflict. How did you overcome this conflict?
• How did your actions in leadership role increase productivity?
• Describe an example when you communicated your vision and motivated your peers.
• Walk through a time when you helped a customer through a difficult process and what that looked like.
• How do you find the time to stay inspired, acquire new knowledge, and innovate in your work?
• Describe a time when you had to deal with a poor performer on your team.
• Describe a time when you could have stopped working on something but you persisted.
• Describe a time when you proposed a new business.
• Describe how you would handle a busy situation where three people are waiting for help from you.
• Describe a time when you came up with a clever way to save money for the company.
• Describe a time when you earned the trust of a group.
• Describe the most difficult interaction you had at work.
• Describe a time when you overcame an obstacle and delivered the results.
• When was the last time you created a metric and implemented it?
• Explain a time when you dealt with ambiguity.
• What will you do if your engineering team tells you the product will not be ready on time for launch?
• What was your riskiest step or experience?
• Describe a time when you made a gut decision, without looking into any data.
• Describe a time when you failed as a product manager.
• Describe a time when you couldn't meet a deadline.
• Describe a time when you had a few months to finish a project and then the timeline changed and you only had a matter of days. What did you do?
• Who is the best person you have hired? Why?
• What is the difference between program and project management?
• How would you avoid cannibalization?
• How does a product manager persuade developers to do what they dislike?
• What values do you say you care about most?
• How would you deliver a project with no enough resources (developers, time, etc.)?
• How would to track and analyze the demand?
• How would you increase the website traffic?


This list was last updated in October 2020.