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Product Manager Intern was asked...September 17, 2009

How many times does the Earth rotate around its own axis while it makes one revolution around the sun?

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one time more than the number of days in a year

365. Second response is funny: - The earth completes 1 rotation on its own axis approximately every 24hrs; + I add that one day as 24hrs; - 24 rotations per day.... Well I didn't know we had a 576hrs days :) Less

While it makes 365 complete rotations around the sun, to answer the question being asked, the answer would have to be that the earth is constantly rotating around its own axis. Less

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Say DAU is increasing but MAU are decreasing (over 3 months period), how would you approach this problem and what data sets would you work with?

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Let's go over the definitions first: DAU - The measure used to find the number of *unique* daily users for the game. MAU - The measure used to find the number *unique* monthly users for the game. Since you're DAUs are going up, but you're MAU's are going down, it means that you're undergoing a large amount of churn. Essentially, lots of new people are using the app everyday, but they never come back on a month-to-month basis. Let's confine the notion of a "month" to just 3 days instead of 30. "Month 1" Day 1: 1M new people login Day 2: 1M new people login, 500k "Day 1" people login again Day 3: 1M new people login, 250k "Day 1" people login again, 500k "Day 2" people login again "Month 2" Day 1: 1.75M new people login, *nobody" from "Month 1" logs in Day 2: 250K new people login, 1.75M "Day 1" people login again Day 3: 500K new people login, 1.5M "Day 1" people login again, 250K "Day 2" people login again Already, we can see the trend occurring: Month 1 had consecutive DAUs of 1M, 1.5M, 1.75M users - and a MAU of 3M people Month 2 had consecutive DAUS of 1.75M, 2M, 2.25M - and a MAU of just 2.5M people. The game is doing much better in terms of 3-day retention despite decreasing exposure. However, when it comes to monthly retention, we're talking about 0% of users logging in the next month. You're going to have to first work entirely with retention data sets that show user session activity over the 3 month period. You're looking for retention within the month including anything from 3-day retention to 10-day retention and then figuring out when/why users are dropping off within the month. There are several factors that could lead a user to be heavily engaged for a few days and then drop the game. It could be that users are getting bored of content and are exhausting the game within a small time span. It could also mean that the game's difficulty curve is rising too steeply. Given the data we had above, you definitely know that people get "addicted" to the game for a few days and then drop off; this is very important in focusing your initial direction on what to fix. Once you know the suspects, then you can delve into more game-specific data sets such as the difficulty curve or amount of algorithmically generated content produced for users. Less

Just following up to my last answer above: This is just a bandage to cover up the declining MAU numbers just in case you need to meet a certain quota for your boss: You could battle decreasing MAUs by increasing the percentage of DAUs that are "new users" through increased marketing/paid installs. This way, you're not only increasing your DAUs, but you're also increasing MAUs. Be warned, however, that this isn't sustainable as you'll end up paying thousands of dollars buying installs/users that won't come back next month just to cover up a retention problem. Less

DAU is increasing, MAU is decreasing. * Main reason is Churn - Check your 'COHORTS'/Waterfall/Decay Analysis * Less 'Usage/engagement' * Sessions made per user gets down mostly because of the product user's using * Change/beautification in the product required * Retain with catchy Push notifications Less

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Tell me about the side project written in resume

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My side project was site engineer job role in handle all manpower and visite time to time site and check working process..then report with senior. Less




What type of projects I had developed before?

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I mentioned the projects



Explain recursion to a 3 year old

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Recursion is like a stem on broccoli. Breaking off each stem is simply reducing the whole by using smaller parts of itself. Less

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Tell me something about yourself (record video)

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Hey, Can you tell me whether they get back to you or not after completing the interview. Less

Have they gotten back yet? I haven't received any email yet


What price per minute would you set for a cloud computing product that delivers a premium product and is currently set at $1.04 per minute?

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Depends on the forecasted demand of that product. If YOY demand is increasing then I would benchmark the product to sell at a premium than $1.04 / minute. If not, I would sell less based on the price demand elasticity. Less

Canadian Space Agency

Introduce yourself, how does your past experience (academic or work) relate to the position?

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related my previous academic and work experience to the position at a high level. It is difficult to go in-depth due to time constraints. Think of a direct answer and three supporting points to mention Less


Do you like to play video games?

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I used to play a lot in middle school, didn't really have time after that.

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why would you like to do your internship here?

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I am very passionate about 3D Models and video companies and would love to have the opportunity to be the project manager intern in such a position. Less

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