Three Product Management Interview Questions You Must Be Able To Answer
Hint: If you’re interviewing with me any time soon, READ THIS POST. But don’t copy my answers; that’s just lame.
“My favorite product is Masterpiece Optimus Prime, and here’s why…”
What’s your favorite product or service, and why?
If we’re talking technology, it’s my iPhone because it effectively resolves one of the banes of my existence: Location-based problems. From live driving directions to “where can I eat vegetarian food around here?”, this little device does it all, and does it elegantly and efficiently.
If we’re talking more generally, my favorite product is Masterpiece Optimus Prime. Despite all appearances, this is not a toy. Masterpiece Optimus Prime is imagination and childhood nostalgia crafted in die cast form — complete with rubber wheels, spring-loaded suspension, extensive articulation, and a removable Matrix of Leadership. By far, the best Transformers product ever made.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made as a product manager, and what did you learn from it?
I’ve written about this mistake before.
Suffice to say, I learned several valuable lessons from the experience including: When you apologize for a mistake, don’t try to lighten the mood, and never let internal politics over-rule your common sense, among other lessons.
What kind of phone do you use, and why?
Given my admission about the iPhone, this might seem like an Apple fanboy trap but it really isn’t.
For many people — especially those in technology — your mobile says something about you, and I want you to be able to tell me what yours says about you.
Which aspects about it do you like best, and why? If it’s a smartphone, which apps do you use the most? (If it’s not a smartphone, why not?) What model color did you choose (if you had a choice)?