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# Product Director Interview Questions

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### Director, Product Management at Edifecs was asked...

Nov 4, 2012
 The most unexpected question was "Review this Java code. What's wrong with it?"2 AnswersFor a management role in Product Management, this was an improper question. Product Managers never say "how to do this," they say "what needs to be done."maybe they just wanted to show you some code (regardless of the language) and see if you would figure out something blatantly wrong (like a tag that was not closed) - just to see how you dealt when looking at something you are not familiar with. it's like looking at the reaction of people who did not studied mathematics when they have a formula in front of them - most of the times, they are so scared that they feel paralized

Feb 3, 2010
 1. how may golfballs fit in 747 2. why manhole covers round 2 Answers1. just try to reason out how you'd go about calculating that. 2. check wikipedia for list of good reasons. I managed to come up with a couple on the listMost likely the answer to the 747 question. If it were me, I would have said that though there are countless ways to quantify the actual figure, if one were truly interested you could fill the cabin with liquid, and drain the liquid into a container. Then measure the volume of liquid displaced. Then, you'd need to know the volume of the golf ball, which you could do either with volume equations or by displacement again. Then, find the volume of the square with all sides equal to the diameter of the ball. Divide the volume of the ball by the volume of the square, and then multiply the quotient by the volume of water drained from the 747. Finally, divide the volume of the 747 by the volume of the golf ball, and you've got your number. The reason for the square volume being factored if because golf balls would create negative space not reflected in the fluid. Anyway, that's what I would say.

### Director of Product Management at DIRECTV was asked...

Sep 9, 2011
 Describe the five step processes used to stage gate project management activities.2 AnswersI use a loose combination of Agile, Waterfall and Six Sigma modification to create project plans defining, measuring, analyzing, improving and controlling are the 5 steps. Every project is different and different stakeholders have various expectations of their involvement and expectations of debriefing. Depending on the situation and time frame some steps are more emphasized than others.You don't "stage gate" project management activities. So I think the question must have been referring to product development not project management and therefore the stage gates for product development. Project management still involved planning, organizing, leading, monitoring and controlling no matter what.

### Director Product Marketing at Seagate Technology was asked...

Jun 21, 2012
 What should our strategy be for XYZ1 AnswerI find that companies use this question and others like it to be tell-tale signs that a company is using the interview process to get ideas or competitive information without ever hiring for the role. Ialways have to determine how to answer this as a true interview question without crossing the line into gift giving or a breach of confidentiality.

### Product Management Director at Lawson Software was asked...

Aug 22, 2011
 How would you manage a developer who missed a deadline on a mission critical project?2 AnswersDiscuss process, review approach, timeline and scope of project; allow employee opportunity to explain missed deadline.If Product Manager were involved, he would have known this as a ahead of time. Therefore it should had been informed to management.

### Director, Search Product Specialist at Alabama Media Group was asked...

Mar 1, 2014
 Describe your consultative Sales approach1 AnswerI spoke about how I try to relate my offering to the needs of a client, their profitability, etc.

### Director of Product Marketing at PernixData was asked...

Sep 15, 2013
 What will you do in the first 3 months?1 AnswerSince I was going to be the first person in marketing, I had to think about everything that needed to be done (across all areas of marketing - web, lead gen, field marketing, PR, etc) and then prioritize those compared to the company's plan (Series B announcement, product launch, etc).

### Director, Partner Products at Netflix was asked...

Nov 1, 2009
 What makes a good consumer product?1 AnswerWell, that's the problem. There are a million good answers to this question but figuring out what the right answer would be in this context was non-trivial.

### Director Product Marketing at Inkling was asked...

Apr 25, 2014
 How would you convey the value proposition of Inkling for business?1 AnswerReplied that I would first need to know which personas they were selling to

### Director of New Products at Davison was asked...

Sep 23, 2015
 Do you have experience on the phone.1 AnswerYes, I talk on the phone all the time.
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