The title of this excellent book under-sells itself somewhat (though it was named this way to tie in with Gayle Laakmann McDowell's previous bestseller - "cracking the coding interview"). In addition to a detailed breakdown (with solutions and example questions) of all the various types of questions you might face (coding, case, estimation, problem solving, design etc) it gives a great overview of what product management actually means, how it compares to similar roles (project management, product marketing etc.) and how the various big tech firms differ in their approach and technology.
Simply a must-have for any aspiring product manager and a handy resource for those working in the field already.
on 9 August 2014
A great book for product management interview preparation. Get the book, around 3 weeks in advance, of a scheduled interview. Try to practice the case interview/market sizing questions with a friend. The case interview section gives you good examples, that should provide you with valuable vocabulary for your interview. However, I would have loved a few more case questions discussed in the book.
Market sizing is the best part of the book. The ten examples that the book uses are explained in details, and would prepare you well for this type of questions. Also, drill them with a friend.
The product design questions are helpful. A set of example questions are given. You would need a friend/colleague to brainstorm around these design questions.
The coding questions are a bit easy, however probably for PM interviews they do not ask anything harder. For coding questions, however I would consult, the other book that Gayle has written. I used that book to crack my Microsoft interview some 5 years back.
All in all very helpful.
on 7 June 2016
This is a fantastic book. Not only does it tell you how to prepare for product manager interviews in technology companies, it gives an excellent overview of product management, what product managers do, they way they think, the skills they have. I have learnt so much from this book and it has given me a huge amount of confidence by helping me to put my accidental product management experience into a rigorous framework. This book will help guide you to see what experience you are missing, what to look for next. I highly recommend this book for all product managers, whether or not they are currently looking for a new job.