Google Associate Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jun 13, 2014
Updated Jun 13, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Google in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    First met with Google when they came out to my campus. They gave out business cards and encouraged everyone to send them resumes. I gave them my resume and was contacted a month later about scheduling an initial phone interview. I then went through three phone interviews. After I passed each interview, another was scheduled for the following week. They consisted entirely of design questions such as: "what would be your mindset if you had to design a gas station at a busy intersection across the street from a competitor?" After those three interviews, if they like you they will send you out to one of their campuses. I went to New York, NY. They pay for a hotel, taxi, food etc... The final round interview was only 1.5 hrs long, which surprised me. 45 minutes of coding questions (write a function to merge two sorted arrays etc...) and then 45 minutes of design and overall strategy questions. It was a great experience overall. I ended up not performing well enough for the offer. It was certainly because I didn't code as well as I should have. Way more coding was involved than other companies PM interviews I had gone through.

    Interview Questions
    • Write an efficient algorithm to merge sorted arrays of integers.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Google in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interviewer was 15 min late for the interview.
    The same thing happened in my first interview with Google (this is round 2 questions I am sharing).
    It started off with
    a) Tell me about yourself
    b) How much money does Facebook make
    c) Design an elevator for a building (no specifics on what kind of building). Follow up design with two elevators and etc.

    I didn't get the job because I think I messed up in question b. I could only think of one way Facebook generates revenue (advertising), I forgot about the cutesy hearts and stuff you can buy as another source of revenue. But I couldn't figure out how to come up with how much they make per year accept rambled on how much each customer would pay and depended on number of page impressions, size, format and frequency of add displayed and to get the total...I mentioned that I know how much reported net worth of Owner of FB is so it has to be x much more to cover cost of IT, resource, etc.

    I have been interviewed by Google, Apple and Microsoft and to compare all of the interviews I have to say Google's was the least structured. It almost felt like they came up with a question but did not come prepared on who the customer base (question c) which is highly important for a PM to know...

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about yourself   View Answer
    • How much revenue does FB make a year?   View Answer
    • Design an elevator for a building (no specifics on what kind of building). Follow up design with two elevators and etc.   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Product Manager Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Google in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had an on-campus interview scheduled through my University's career center. It involved two half-hour interviews with two Associate Product Managers. Most of the questions gave you a product and you had to explain your ideas for how to improve or design the product.

    Interview Questions
    • First he asked me some of my most frequented websites. Then picked one (Facebook) and asked how to improve it.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Initial screening interview. Got it because I was an intern at Google before. First asked about my experiences and why I wanted the PM position. Then came the harder questions. Asked me if I had any questions at the end. They are hiring very few APMs and more SDEs this year. If you make it past the 2 phone interviews, you'll get a day of on site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked me to estimate the revenue of various free web services from Google and competitors.   View Answer
    • Asked me how I would improve a Google product. My background is in SDE so he didn't ask me any programing/math questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Google in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Being my second job interview ever, I did plenty of research beforehand on the kind of questions I would be asked for an Associate Product Manager position. I learned that Google expects their APMs to have a blend of technical saavy mixed with business knowledge. Thus, I studied both algorithms and considered some common types of business design questions.

    As it turned out, my interview turned out to be entirely about the business side of things and putting me in the role of a real world product manager. I highly enjoyed this approach because it really allowed my creativity to flex itself with unconventional answers. I imagine future interviews may include more tests of technical capabilities, but the first interview begins with personal questions followed by strict role-playing.

    Interview Questions
    • What website do you visit the most and what would you do as PM for that website?   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Google in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    There were 2 phone interviews, mostly asking design questions.

    1. Airports are inefficient. What would you do to improve them?
    2. It is difficult to remember what you read, especially after many years. Contemplate how to address this.
    3. If Google were to offer a TV commercial service, how would you implement this?

    The interviewers were hard to read... I still have no idea what would have made stellar answers to these.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you design a TV commercial service?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    Received request for phone interview nearly six months after applying. Had a phone interview with a Post MBA product manager. The interview felt very rushed. Spent the majority of time talking about my favorite Google Product, a technology that excites you and how to value twitter. Received a thank you for applying email 1 week later.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favorite google product and what would you change about it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Google in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    I was emailed after submitting my resume through their online process (canned email). Two weeks later I received an email saying they would like to have a phone interview. I replied yes and they scheduled something for the next day (no alternative times offered). I had two phone interviews with Associate Product Managers. The first consisted of questions to show how much I loved Google (how much do you use our products and how many products can you name). The second interview had more questions about what new product I would want to champion for development at Google.

    1 week letter I received a thank you for applying email. A day after that an email asking me to provide feedback on their interview process.

    My opinion of their interview process: I would say that it felt like they were checking the box by replying to my resume and had no real job available (aka they wasted my time). This was reaffirmed by my interviewers attitudes which sounded like they had no time. One of them was also fairly rude and full of himself which I was told after the fact is not uncommon in the company. Finally, if you aren't drinking the "Google is the best place in the world ever to work" Kool Aid I wouldnt bother applying.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were at Google what new product would you like to have developed and why?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Google in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    The onsite interview was with six people, each half an hour -- three before lunch, three after. Questions varied from person to person, ranging from personality interviews, to design questions, to brain teasers, to computer science questions.

    The people were relaxed, dressed casually. The office reflected its people -- very casually designed and laid out, with lots of places to relax (pool, ping pong, arcade games, more).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 11 people found this helpful  

    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Google in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by an employee and after my resume was sent in by my referral, I received an e-mail about a month later to schedule a phone interview with a Product Manager. Google is quite flexible in scheduling the phone interview so that was great.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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