Google Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 19, 2015
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Product Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed 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

Reasons for Declining

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+ months. I interviewed 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.

    Interview Questions

    • The NBA championships are about to happen and you produce merchandise showcasing the winning team--but, you don't know which team that will be. What do you produce and how much do you produce to dress the stadium visitors with merchandise?   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Google in August 2015.

    Interview

    Google recruiter approached me for an interview per my profile mentioned at social sites/ blogs, and set the telephonic, followed by on-site interviews. Overall easy and simple process. Of course, they asked about location preference, and few HR related questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What 8 videos you will project on YouTube home screen, given the user is login first time and no history/ analytics is available for that user?   Answer Question
    • How would you know if website traffic has been reduced after adding a feature? what would you do?   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Had one video interview with the hiring manager – mostly behavioral questions followed by a second interview with a team member that was more technical. Focus on the 2nd interview was again on challenging behavioral type scenarios Note, they no longer ask their famous Google questions like number of manhole covers and piano tuners so dont waste time on those. Was then invited to Mountain View for a face to face. Their face to face interviews are typically with 4 people (their analysis has shown four to be the right number) and last half a day. I interviewed with the hiring manager, a business partner and they also always interview with an individual outside the function you are applying for. I was told a week later by the recruiter that my candidacy would not be considered further. Was unfortunately, never routed to the hiring Committee for decioning which is the last step of the process. From the get-go the recruiter explains that their hiring process is very fact-based and scientific. However at the end, the reasons for passing on me were very vague and ambiguous. I pressed for details but none came. For a scientific process, it sure felt like the final decision was very subjective (basically told my experience was in old economy type companies not new age Internet companies which is what they were looking for) Final point – you must nail every interview, don’t assume one interview is more important or significant then another; the hiring manager can love you but if one other individual doesn’t agree you are the right person, that person can stop the process dead in its tracks.

    Interview Questions

    • - Difficult colleague – how did you deal with it? - What’s your strategy in meeting objectives within a project with extremely tight deadlines? - Favorite Google product – how would you improve it? - Many questions from the CV (know your CV inside out)   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed 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 in Mountain View, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    45 min over the phone. Followed by a day of interview at the headquarter in Mountain View. Lots of interaction with the recruiter. Several questions - very little on my background. Mostly around 'How would you estimate/evaluate...'. Analytical questions, nothing particularly difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • over the phone interview: how would you estimate the market size for 'rocket boots'? Several standard PM questions when on site - off the book nothing that I was not prepared for, just standard ' how would you ...' questions. Did not strike me they were really interesting and well thought questions. Throughout the entire process I could not get off my head the way the interviewer over the phone interacted with me. My phone interview latest 45 min. Right off, the interview did not properly introduced himself. He quickly said his name and nothing else. Engagement: 0%. He was on speaker phone and despite me mentioning there was a lot of noise/feedback in the room he did not even make an effort to eliminate it. He jumped right away into an analytical question. So here I am, 20+ experience in Prod mgmt, and I am being asked to evaluate the market size of 'rocket boots'. Great! I spoke at length about sizing and evaluations, how to narrow down the target using different techniques. He clearly was a very junior person, did not even know about analysts ( never heard of Gartner). Had no clue about Android vs IOS. During the discussion he would hang on peculiar details with honestly had no bearing on the overall conversation. His tone sounded somewhat arrogant. In the last few minutes I was asked if I had any more questions, so I inquired about his reason for joining Google and what motivates him. He simply said ' because of the very good engineers' . Such a plain, vanilla, boring comment. Could have done much better and put a bit more effort into the conversation. On-site Interview were on and off. Some guys with big egos and some very nice people. All in all, I did not feel Google was a good match. Pay is not that great and I would have never worked together with this guy in case I had to. I am sure there any many valuable people in the company. I must have gotten the rotten apple.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Not a good match - too much egos around - sorry

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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I was referred for the PM position by a Google employee. The process was quick for how large Google is. Within a week I received an email asking for my availability to setup an interview with one of their product managers. The coordinating process was a breeze. There was an initial phone screen which provided an overview of the PM role and gave me a chance to ask questions, followed by a 45 minute phone interview with a Google Product Manager one week later. Most of the interview guides on Glassdoor were very helpful. I was turned down because of my lack of technical experience. Google prides themselves on having extremely technical PMs, so study up. If you don't have a CS degree, you should have a lot of real world programming experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your background   Answer Question
    • Case: How would you go about designing _______ for _______? (i.e. a video app for the elderly)   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed 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. I 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed 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.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Tell us about your 3 favorite unknown android applications. Why? Q: How much storage space do you need to store all the info from Google Maps   1 Answer
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