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Salesforce Product Marketing Manager Interview Questions

Updated Nov 20, 2017
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Product Marketing Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Salesforce.

Interview

A series of interviews, starting with phone / video and moving to in person. Good amount of communication re: what is expected in each step, but did have a little confusion around overall timeline / process.

Interview Questions

  • How would you re-position a product or brand to better capture a market?   Answer Question
  • How much experience do you have storytelling and giving presentations to internal or external stakeholders?   Answer Question
  • What is a skill you have / something that is not captured on your resume?   Answer Question

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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce in June 2017.

    Interview

    Applied for a product marketing role. Got an email to schedule a phone screen. Recruiter didn't show. I emailed asking if it was still a good time.

    She emailed me later that day saying she'd been busy asking me to reschedule at a specific time the next day. I couldn't make that time so I proposed another and didn't hear back. I replied to my own email the next day and we finally found a time that worked. She was late to that too, but at least she showed.

    Turns out this was actually a corporate communications role camouflaged as a PMM role. It mentioned creating keynotes as one line in the job description. That's fairly normal as part of a PMM role, but that was the entire thing. In addition the recruiter spent half the call telling me about her personal issues.

    Ultimately she said she'd recommend to the hiring manager that they bring me in, but then I got an email that they're not moving forward with me. That's fine - but don't tell me you're going to if you're not.

    Interview Questions


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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    I had an initial phone screen with general recruiter to learn about my background. She then explored additional roles within the org. There was about a 3 week/1 month period before I heard anything back. I then had a phone screen with a hiring manager followed by another session with the same person. I then went in for a team interview with 5 people (which included a formal presentation). I didn't get hired on that team but was referred internally to other teams and ended up finding a really great fit within the company. Overall I really enjoyed the process which was incredibly thorough. I was offered multiple opportunities to engage with additional individuals within the teams to get my questions answered. It really felt like a dialogue, rather than a one-sided process.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (4)  

    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (New York, NY) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Unfortunately, I have interviewed with Salesforce three different times for three different roles in the last two months and each experience did not get better. However, for this review I will focus on my experience interviewing with the hiring manager and the recruiter for a Product Marketing Manager Corporate Messaging role. Since I was referred by an employee the actual set-up of the interview went fairly well. I had a brief phone interview with an initial recruiter, who passed me over to another senior recruiter, who passed me on to her scheduling coordinator to confirm the video interview. Unsure, why I could not have stuck with the original recruiter who reached out to me, but again at least they moved quickly with scheduling a 30 minute interview with the hiring manager. The senior recruiter did not reach after I got transferred to her or prior to my interview to talk my background, the role, or the recruitment process. In the meantime, I prepare based on the information received from the coordinator. I get on the video interview very excited to meet with hiring manager, but he remains monotone the whole time and he never introduces himself, his team or talks specifically about the role. He only leaves 5 minutes for me to ask questions but prefaces it with he has a hard stop at 3:30. So I begin to ask him more about his management style, the team, and success metrics for the role. He answers with he demands excellence and works everyday to 11pm and is extremely ambitious and his team knows this. I tell him I want to be mindful of his time so thanks for taking time to answer my questions and it was a pleasure speaking with you. He just smiles and hangs up from the Google Hangout. I didn't have a good feeling after that, but my friend who referred me said she would reach out to the manager to speak with him. I don't hear from the senior recruiter after a week, so I reach out to her. She says she will speak to the hiring manager and get back to me; it takes her 3 weeks to get back to me, so almost 4 weeks after my initial interview I finally get feedback. The feedback shared stated the hiring manager didn't feel I have enough experience with product messaging, but he never asked me any questions related to my product marketing and messaging experience. He primarily focused on behavioral and situational questions that focused on my experience with C-suite level and other top executives and my communication style. Needless to say, I am not impressed with their recruitment process at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you've had to deliver bad news to a C-suite level executive who is very demanding?   Answer Question

    Salesforce Response

    Oct 5, 2016 – SVP, Global Recruiting

    Thank you for sharing your review with the Glassdoor community. I'm disappointed to learn that you had such a negative and frustrating experience interviewing with us. We clearly have room to improve... More


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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Got an internal referral for q job that was never posted. That job was filled and they kept me interviewing for another not posted position. Very long process that was drawn out. Several strange encounters. I would have loved to work for salesforce but the whole process was very strange.

    Interview Questions


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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Submitted a resume and ended up being selected for a video interview. The video interview was primarily culture based. Next and final step of the interview was a half day in person interview at their San Francisco office with 4 employees. Relaxed and easy interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Included three phone calls, two rounds of in-person interviews, and a presentation in front of my now-colleagues.

    Salesforce recruiter initially reached out via LinkedIn. First phone screen was standard (describe your experience, why are you looking, etc.).

    Second call (two days later) was with the hiring manager. Involved case study questions and decent analysis of my understanding of the company. From there the hiring manager emailed me a prompt and a few materials to use in preparation for an in-person presentation.

    The third call (after ~5 days) was to review my drafted presentation and get feedback from the hiring manager before presenting in-person to a group. I appreciated this step as it was a great opportunity to both get a taste for working with the team and show my ability to take feedback and iterate.

    Presentation + 1:1 interviews came a few days after that. Bulk of the questions focused on understanding and evaluating my thought process. A few asked me to whiteboard scenarios in the room.

    Final in-person interview was with the head of the team. 45 minutes of rapid-firing questioning. Initially wasn't sure how I came out! I received an offer the day after.

    Interview Questions

    • The real world scenario where I had a week to present a fictional product launch to the hiring manager (Director) and head of the group (SVP). It was challenging to balance the workload with my full-time job but gave me a great feel for the team's role and standards within the rest of the company. I also enjoyed the opportunity to show (vs talk about) my work via a relevant project that everyone in the interviews cared about.   Answer Question

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    Manager Product Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Create pitch deck, answer culture questions, show knowledge of salesforce. Must know the function very well - need a good grasp of core skills. Must show innovative ideas that set you apart from the competition. Must show strong leadership potential.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you position x,y,z product   1 Answer
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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview with Salesforce.com's recruiter. The recruiter was okay. She asked some behavior questions. Since the job descriptions involved working with sales team, she discussed how I interacted with them and when I was involved during the sales cycle. After the interview, I haven't heard from her for a while. I followed up with her a week later; she responded with some standard language saying they decided to move ahead with other candidates. No additional feedback was provided.

    Interview Questions

    • When are you pulling into working with the sales? What's the pace?   Answer Question

  9. Helpful (5)  

    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Multi round interview consisting of phone interviews, 1 on1 interviews with both colleagues and execs, and a presentation. Long, slow process... But got the impression that the barks very highland they want to make sure that the peop,e they hire cannot only do the job,but will bea cultural fit. This is an intense, demanding company.... And those that fit well will thrive and love it.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you change about the messaging/positioning of Salesforce and why?   Answer Question

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