Google Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 21, 2015
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Product Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
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Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

Interview

I had a recruiter contact so applied directly. The entire process took 3 months. Round1: HR Questions: Why Google, what do you bring to the table etc. Most people clear this. Honestly if you did not or cannot then consider another career Round2: Phone screen with a Senior Product Manager Very professional, punctual and courteous Questions: Resume review, projects, product I like and what I will change about it Round3: Onsite Interviewer 1 (I-1): Seasoned PM Questions: Took one project on my resume and discussed it for 45 minutes. Standard PM framework approach to answering questions I-2: Seasoned GPM from YouTube Questions: Market sizing, opportunity assessment, why Google, how will you improve product X I-3 Junior PM in Search and was previously at Microsoft Questions: Annoying as hell and the only value add was he/she corrected me that it's Orange is the new black. I said Orange is the new Red. Mid 20's, annoying and arrogant as hell. We discussed about Netflix model and what can be improved. He/She just kept on saying.. What else.. what else.. what else... I think he/she said that at least 30 times. I-4: Seasoned GPM Questions: None as it was lunch interview. General talk about soccer world cup, etc. Guy was jaded and I think waiting for his stocks to vest. Overall nothing much to report here I-5: HR I thought I was done but she asked me to stay back. Hopes up... LOL I-6: Seasoned PM from Identity Management team Questions: SSO, OAuth, improving checkout etc. Nothing crazy I-7: Engineer from YouTube Questions: Professional and very very nice. Asked me to design a load balancer using data structures. I told him I can write in VB or SQL. He said does not care about language. Wants to see how I use data structures I-8: Junior PM from Google+ Questions: Mostly around improve X, improve Y. What non tech product I like? I told I love my Canon Mark III. Discussed it to death and since I know it in an out it was easy to talk about what I would love to change in it Overall, if you know frameworks you are good to go. They don't asking anything earth shattering. HR called in a week and said team loved you.. no questions there but felt that you would be a better fit elsewhere. I was offered a position in Google Tech Services as a Senior Manager. I am a Senior PM in a top company in the Bay area. It did not make sense for me to move into a Tech role. I declined and moved on. In hindsight I thank Google for saying no to me. I'm nearing 40. It does not make sense for me to hang out with 20 year olds PM's. There is only so much I have in common with them. I'm more of a PBS kind of guy. Orange could be the new Blue for all I care.

Interview Questions

  • I have been a PM for over 5 years and in marketing and management consulting all my career. Nothing was unexpected. Irksome? yes. But then again I said to myself, a decade ago I was as arrogant as that 20+ kid.   Answer Question

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Not a PM position but a position in Google Tech Services

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    They warn you ahead of time that the interview process will take months but it was surprising nonetheless. The interviews were fun, I went through a pretty light phone screen with a recruiter, a more rigorous screening with an existing PM, and then three rounds of onsite interviews for one day. After about a week, I heard back from the company saying they would pass on me for now and re-apply, but they refused to give any feedback, which would have been helpful for upcoming interviews and to understand what I could work on if I should re-apply.

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
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    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The conversation was halting and not fluid. I couldn't really get comfortable with the interviewer. His tone was a little distant and calculated. He asked questions and he took a lot of notes. I was told that note taking is normal, but it made it feel like I was talking to a distracted doctor versus having a conversation with someone.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were Product Manager of (unnamed product), how would you improve the functionality 10x of what it is now.   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Good process. Phone interview with basic background questions. On site with several interviewers digging into various skills - product, engineering, and analytical. Nobody cares about background or experience. Just how the conversation and questions go.

    Interview Questions

    • I had almost all product questions -- pick a product you like/hate. Why. Design a better one. You have a startup for product category X. Design me a product. You are making a change to improve product X. How would you measure its improvement.   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    1. Recruiter reached out to me via LinkedIn 2. Email exchange then initial phone screen with recruiter. Only question asked was if I was willing to relocate. 3. Phone screen with Product Manager 4. On-site interview (didn't make it this far)

    Interview Questions

    • The only interesting takeaway was a question regarding mean vs. median. Wasn't expecting statistics, but it was an applicable question when thinking about how to create applications or use population statistics. Normal questions about explaining things to someone (how you think) and increasing user-ship by doing XYZ (product strategy).   2 Answers
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I was recruited from the university. First I had a talk with a very nice recruiter. She asked me about my interest, some behavioral questions, etc. Second was a phone interview with a PM person. Here I had a couple questions and brainteasers. After this interview I was rejected.

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Recruiter reached out on LinkedIn, had an initial 15-min phone conversation with her primarily to talk about the role and a little bit about my background and to set up a 45-min phone conversation with a PM

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Phone screen followed by on-site interview. Had four product interviews and one technical interview. Three interviews were by PMs and one was a Group PM. The technical interview was led by an engineer. Questions were fairly standard, how would you improve the in-store shopping experience, what will be the impact of self-driving cars, how many buildings are built in California etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What will be the impact of self-driving cars?   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview

    A friend of mine submitted my resume through some contacts of his; I'm not sure about the exact details here. I got an email from a recruiter who asked if I would like to apply for the Product Manager position. I said yes, I would love to. Another recruiter then contacted me to set up a phone interview with a Product Manager for around two weeks later. This interview had a few basic questions, then centered around a theoretical problem: imagine that you are the manager of [one of Google's largest products], and that you're thinking about doing [major change to the business model of the product]. How would you think about that? What would you do? (I'm omitting the details of the question in order to respect the confidentiality of their interview process. The very same day the original recruiter told me I passed and asked for my availability over the next three weeks to come in for a full day of on-site interviews. The next day I received an email from yet another recruiter confirming that I would have my interviews on one of the days I had sent, with detailed instructions on time, location, etc. This had NDAs and a formal job application to fill out. As it turned out the interview process required only 4.5 hours on site, including lunch, but I kept the whole day blocked off as I had heard rumors (here?) that some people were asked to stay later than their scheduled end time in order to have additional interviews, if the feedback was ambiguous. On the day of the interviews, my train in was delayed and I was ~10 minutes late for my first one. I'm not sure if that was counted against me, but it did throw me off a bit. I believe that over the course of the day I interviewed with four product managers and one software engineer, in addition to a "non-evaluatory" lunch with another product manager in one of the cafes. I thought I had good rapport with two of the product managers, although it was hard to tell, as they were trying hard to push me with their questions. The big questions I got were: First interview: Product Manager What are all the products you used since you got up this morning? Pick one you like and describe why. Pick one you don't like, describe why, and how would you improve it. Second Interview: Product Manager Tell me about yourself. How big is the [xyz] market? What are some technology trends you are following? Third Interview: Product Manager How would you improve [Google product]? Is [Google product] important (to Google)? Why? How from a product perspective, would you get more people to use it? What features would you add? Fourth Interview: Product Manager Tell me about yourself. What is a product manager? How would you handle a situation in which someone senior to you disagrees with your product decision? (came out of something I said about how sometimes you mold user research into a product, and sometimes you're not able to) Tell me about a product that you created that you're proud of. Imagine that you are a PM at a big software company, and you are assigned to build [a business process] software for [a small business vertical]. How would you measure success? How would you build the product? What would you say to the engineering team? How would you iterate? Fifth Interview: Software Engineer Some technical questions about web-based collaboration software. A simple code sample that I had to read and then say what it did. What's wrong with the code sample? Assume that you put the [code sample app] up on the web, and it became really popular. What are some optimizations you could do to speed up response times under load?

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    • Imagine that you are a PM at [big software company], and you are assigned to build [business process] software for [small business vertical]. How would you measure success?   2 Answers
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Google (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter on LInkedin, did one initial screening phone interview which was mostly about my background and history. I did a second phone interview where I was asked hypothetical questions and had to show my working verbally, it seemed focused on estimating market size, but I think it was judged on problem solving methodology. I then did an on-site which was like an interview written by Charles Dickens, as I was visited by 5 different interviewers throughout the day. Mostly hypotheticals again in the on-site.

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