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Product Manager Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Product Manager interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

Product Manager was written by and updated on May 10th, 2022. Learn more here.

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Why do you want to work for our company?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewer wants to know if you've done your homework. They are putting your product manager research and analysis skills to the test.

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30 Product Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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    1. Why do you want to work for our company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you've done your homework. They are putting your product manager research and analysis skills to the test.

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      How to Answer

      You need to spend time researching the company before the interview. Review the company website, social media pages, employee testimonials, and any other materials you can find. You should know about the company (what challenges do they face, are there volunteer organizations they partner with, etc.), the role you are applying for, and the area you'll be working in.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I want to work for your company because your mission is about improving people's lives through affordable and accessible products that make their day-to-day activities easier. I am passionate about helping people live their best lives with products that are not out of reach for the masses and I know at your company I would be able to develop and launch products that have a real impact. I also know you support volunteer work in the local community, offering your employees the opportunity to choose an organization each year to spend time working with, and I would love to be part of a team that treats their employees, customers, and local community like family."

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      Community Answer

      "I see this as an opportunity to contribute to one of the leading online real estate marketplace platforms. The company’s value clearly defines the commitment to deliver an exceptional product, services, and the best customer experience.

      Also, I read articles and have seen that Zillow is consistently listed as one of the best places to work. Zillow provides an excellent condition to help their employee to achieve professional success. Having said that Zillow has an excellent human resource policy, and an extraordinary working environment in the various groups."

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Awesome! It definitely sounds like you've done your due diligence on the company. Can you talk more about what attracts you to the company culture and why you'll be a good fit from that aspect? Also, are you passionate about helping people find their dream homes? Try to show how your passions align with the company's vision. Emphasize why the company will benefit from hiring you versus only focusing on how the company will benefit you. Good job!

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    2. Have you ever been terminated from a job?

      The Goal

      Unless you are interviewing for this role straight out of college or are currently in your first job, your CV shows you have left a company or job at some point. The interviewer is looking to learn the circumstances of any job you were terminated from, if there was cause, and how you took responsibility for any mistakes you made.

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      What to Avoid

      Being terminated from a job can be very confusing and emotional, even years later. Do not let emotions get in the way of your response in the interview. Whatever the reason for your past termination, remain diplomatic, keep a positive tone, and focus on the future. Most importantly, never speak negatively about an employer.

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      How to Answer

      If you have never been terminated from a job, your response should be clear and to the point. If you have been terminated in the past, be honest about the situation. State the situation that led to your termination, remaining diplomatic and neutral. Focus on what you learned and how you have grown from the experience.

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      Manager Example

      "Several years ago, I was let go from a company due to not meeting my sales goals. If I had taken more ownership of my performance, I could have asked for additional training when I saw I was off my projections. Since then, I've had the experience as a manager of terminating a few employees. Termination conversations are always tough, for both the manager and the employee being let go, but I have used my own experience being terminated to help me approach the conversations in an empathetic way."

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    3. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

      The Goal

      This is a common interview question. The interviewer wants to know what your preferred work hours are and if they can count on you as a reliable and dedicated team member.

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      What to Avoid

      Do not give close-ended answers such as "No, I cannot work more than 40 hours a week." You also want to avoid sounding like a workaholic since employers know that path leads to employee burnout.

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      Pro Tip

      Before interviewing for any job, you should know the laws in your state/province/region regarding if an employer can demand an employee work more than 40 hours a week. Know your rights as an employee. You also need to be clear about the daily time commitment you can make as far as starting and stopping times. If the employer expects you to start by 7:00 AM each day and you are not able to start until 8:00 AM due to personal commitments, it is best to discuss this in detail during the interview.

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      How to Answer

      Let the interviewer know you are a reliable and hard worker and that you can finish your tasks in a reasonable amount of time. If you are willing to be flexible in situations that require extra hours, say so. This is also a great time to ask for clarification on the expected hours for the role if you have not discussed this already.

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      Manager Example

      "I am willing to work overtime when needed, especially if I have advanced notice of the extra hours. Is overtime a standard expectation for this role? It would be great to know more details regarding the expected schedule and hours."

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    4. What are your weaknesses?

      The Goal

      The interviewer is looking to see if you are aware of your shortcomings, something we all have. They want a candidate who sees them as an opportunity to learn and grow, not as something that holds you back.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer may ask this question using different phrasing. The questions below are still asking you to discuss a weakness.

      - What professional skill or skills do you most want to improve on this year
      - If you could access training in any area, what would you choose to learn
      - Are there skills listed in the job description that you need to refine

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      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer you have self-awareness and can identify areas for self-improvement. Be honest about your weaknesses, but choose one that is not a core skill for the position. Discuss your interest in professional growth and development, maintain a positive tone, and show confidence in your ability to improve.

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    5. Tell me about yourself.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This is likely to be one of the very first questions the interviewer asks you. It helps them get to know your personality and can set the tone for the interview. Don't just repeat the bullets on your CV. Your answer should give them insight into who you are as a person beyond just your application and interest in the job.

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      How to Answer

      Keep your answer somewhat brief. Share some personal details but don't go overboard. The interviewer may ask for more information and then you can do a deeper dive, but initially, you should aim to keep your answer short. It is okay to mention your current or past role(s) as a product manager or product specialist, but do so in the sense of why you have been driven to pursue the career to meet your personal aspirations or interests.

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    6. Do you have any questions for me?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers ask this question to see if you researched their company ahead of time. They also want to give you an opportunity to ask for clarification on any information they have shared during the interview.

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      How to Answer

      When you do your background research on the company, look for something that catches your interest and where you can ask for more details. You might see on their social media page that they partner with a volunteer organization and you can ask why they chose that organization or what type of work they do together. This is also your chance to show you were listening while the interviewer spoke to you. Bring up a detail they mentioned earlier in the interview and repeat it back to them, asking if you've understood the information correctly.

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    7. Can you talk about a time when you had to deal with a conflict?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A key element of the product manager role is making sure your team stays on track, even when conflicts arise. The interviewer wants to know if you have experience handling conflicts and what method(s) you use to resolve them.

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      How to Answer

      Whether your example has to do with someone missing deadlines or someone who did not agree with your vision, walk through the steps you took to resolve the issue without causing further conflict and without impacting the product launch or success. Show you are able to handle conflicts in a respectful and professional manner.

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    8. How does this job fit into your overall career trajectory?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While most people don't stay at a single company for life anymore, the interviewer wants to make sure you don't view this job as a short-term stepping stone. They are looking to see if you have a vision for your future and how their company fits into it.

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      How to Answer

      Most people have an idea of how they see their career going and where they want to be in five years. Assure the interviewer that you are looking to stay with their company for a long period of time.

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    9. How did you hear about this position?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is asking this question for two reasons. One is to help them determine the usefulness of the different platforms they might be using, such as Indeed or Google. The other reason is to see what your connections might be with the company and how interested you truly are in the job.

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      How to Answer

      Answer this question with more than just a one-word (Indeed, Google, etc.) answer. You want to let them know where you found the job, but also why you were looking for this type of job. Talk about how long had you been looking for a product manager job and why this position sounded like the right one for you. If you know someone who works there who recommended it to you, make sure to mention them by name. This is an opportunity for you to point out why they want to hire you.

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    10. What are your salary expectations?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If the interviewer has asked this question, it is a good sign. It means they are considering hiring you for the position.

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      How to Answer

      You want to state that your salary is not a deciding factor and that you are open to a wide range of compensation for the right job. If the interviewer pushes you for a specific number or range, be prepared with statistics on the average salary for the role in your market/region.

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    11. When can you start?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Most companies are looking to fill their open positions as soon as they find the right candidate. The interviewer is also looking to learn if you are interviewing with other companies.

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      How to Answer

      If you can start immediately, say so. If you need to offer your current job a certain amount of notice or are waiting for other interviews, let the interviewer know how much time you would need. Bear in mind that if the company's need is immediate, a start date that is too far out may result in not getting a job you otherwise would have been selected for.

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    12. How would you describe our product to someone who wants something similar but cheaper?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Product managers need to be able to translate a product's overall vision into everyday language prospective customers will understand. The interviewer is putting your communication skills to the test and is looking to see if you've researched the company and its products.

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      How to Answer

      Consider mentioning product features, cost/benefits, and user testimonials during your answer. Show the interviewer that you did your homework and have a solid understanding of their product.

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    13. Do you have experience in helping to develop a new product? If so, talk about what your role was in the development of this product.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know more than just if you have experience--they know that already from your CV. They want to see if you understand the concept of a product roadmap and how you look at teamwork, timing, and tracking progress.

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      How to Answer

      If you do not have experience helping develop a new product: Acknowledge your lack of experience and then move on to why you are still a strong candidate for the position. Discuss a project you worked on where you had to work with a team, had a deadline to follow and a project outline to stick to, or had to convince stakeholders to buy into your concept.

      If you do have experience helping develop a new product: Use an example of a successful product launch to organically weave in your strengths. Discuss the issue you were trying to solve and how you worked collaboratively with a team to come up with a solution. Discuss the development of the launch plan, your role in tracking progress, and how you kept the project on time.

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    14. How do you define market opportunity in a business plan?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      One of the main roles of a product manager is to analyze and identify market opportunities. The interviewer wants you to define what a market opportunity is and explain how you would go about locating one for the company.

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      How to Answer

      Your answer should provide more than just the steps you would follow. It also needs to explain why the process is important for the success of the product. Start with a brief definition of a market opportunity, and then move into your own process for identifying one, making sure to discuss both internal and external factors.

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    15. When presented with alternative product proposals, how do you decide which one to proceed with?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a product manager, you may find yourself challenged with choosing one product to move forward with out of a selection of proposals. The interviewer wants to know how you will determine which is likely to be the most successful or how you would decide which one to move forward with.

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      How to Answer

      Describe to the interviewer how you would evaluate each of the proposals and the criteria you would use to select the best one to move forward with. Keep your answer concise, but be prepared for follow-up questions.

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    16. Please describe our product to someone who has never seen it before.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is looking to see if you have done your research on the company and on their products. They also want to test your communication skills and see if you are able to describe the features of their product in a concise and understandable way.

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      How to Answer

      Do your homework before the interview so you are prepared for this type of question. You should know as much as possible about the company's products, markets, and competitors. You will want to consider the target audience (market) when describing the product's features, and mentioning a competitor shows the depth of your knowledge.

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    17. Our company makes products for both the general public and the B2B market. How would you market one product to both customer types?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It is common for a business to have both consumer and business customers. The interviewer wants to know how you would handle developing a product that was meant for different types of customers.

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      How to Answer

      Your answer should mention the product changes you would make as well as the differences required in the sales and marketing of the product. If you have experience doing this, make sure to mention that in your answer.

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    18. What is the top technical skill that you possess?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer already knows from your CV what technical skills you have. They are looking to learn what skill you most enjoy and why.

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      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about one specific skill you excel at and enjoy. Give an example of when using that skill resulted in a positive outcome.

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    19. Let's say we're rolling out the successor to our most popular product. How do you position the legacy product so it continues to sell?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a product manager, you will be expected to handle legacy products at some point. The interviewer wants to know if you have prior experience doing this and the steps you have or would use.

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      How to Answer

      If you've been through this before: Use the STAR (situation, task, action, result) method to talk through what happened, the role you played, and the final outcome.

      If you have not been through this before: Discuss how you would theoretically handle the scenario. Show a solid understanding of the company's products and target audience and offer ideas on how you would position the older product to still have a good appeal.

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    20. How experienced are you in the end-of-life process for a product?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It's important that a product manager knows how to shut down a product or service. The interview wants to know if you have real-world experience with the end-of-life process or, if not, that you at least have a solid understanding of what the process looks like.

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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the various elements you would take under consideration during this process. Focus on how important it is to not lose large clients or damage the company's image when going through this process. If possible, use personal examples.

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    21. What is the hardest decision you've ever made as a product manager?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Product managers often have to make difficult decisions that impact many people or even their employers. The interviewer is looking to hire a candidate who is not intimidated by tough choices.

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      How to Answer

      Give an example of a time when you made a challenging decision. Explain the research and analysis you did as part of your decision-making process. Also, discuss how you communicated the decision to your team and the impact it had on your employer.

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    22. What would you do if it looked like you were going to miss your deadline?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer knows there are times as a product manager when you cannot meet a deadline. They want to know how you would handle this type of situation. They are looking to discover if you perform well under pressure and what steps you would take.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss how you would handle this type of situation, including how you might recognize it in advance and the steps you would take to avoid it. If you have an example of when this happened to you in the past, tell the interviewer what steps you took and what the outcome was.

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    23. Tell me the differences between a project manager and a product manager.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you understand the role of a product manager. Product managers are often confused with project managers, so they want to see if you know the difference.

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      How to Answer

      The bulk of your answer will be detailing the different roles the product manager and project manager play. You should close out your answer by acknowledging the important of the two working together collaboratively to ensure success.

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    24. What KPIs do you typically use to track performance and success?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Product managers use a variety of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and measure performance. The interviewer wants to make sure you have a strong understanding of KPIs and how to best utilize them.

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      How to Answer

      You'll want to mention several different KPIs and explain how you have used them. Make sure to provide examples from various categories, including business, product development, product quality, and product usage metrics.

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    25. How will you gain credibility from the engineering and development teams when you are first hired?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While product managers are expected to lead, it's not always easy to jump right into an established team and immediately take on a leadership role. The interviewer wants to know how you will engage with your team as well as how you plan to listen and communicate with them.

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      How to Answer

      Explain the steps you will take to get to know your own team as well as the teams you will be expected to collaborate with. Use this as an opportunity to list some of your strengths, such as being collaborative, fair, and hard-working. You should also make it clear you understand gaining trust and credibility will not happen immediately and that it will take time to establish the relationships you would like to form.

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    26. What processes and methods would you use to launch a new product?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A huge part of a product manager's role is launching new products. The interviewer wants to know if you are knowledgeable and experienced in this area.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss the processes you follow to develop a launch strategy and plan, as well as how you monitor and measure your progress. You'll want to show that you're a team player and collaborative, in addition to being a leader who is competent and in charge.

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    27. Tell me about the elements that comprise a competitive analysis.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is looking to see if you have a thorough understanding of all the elements of a competitive analysis. They also want to see if you understand why a competitive analysis is important.

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      How to Answer

      You will want to break your answer into two parts. First, discuss what a SWOT analysis is and how you perform one. Second, talk about how to conduct a technical feature-by-feature competitor comparison.

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    28. How do you communicate your product vision?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It's important for a product manager to build a consensus around their product's vision and strategy among key stakeholders. The interviewer wants to know how you would go about doing this.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewer the techniques and tools you use to communicate your product vision. Emphasize how you go about bringing everyone on board instead of just announcing your idea and pushing it through without support.

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    29. Describe a time when you had trouble reaching a consensus and how you handled it.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Product managers frequently have to persuade others to support their vision for a product. This can be a challenge, and the interviewer wants to know what methods you would use.

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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about how you would overcome objections and bring key stakeholders to a consensus. If possible, use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to describe how you've handled this before.

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    30. What methods do you use to determine what customers want and need?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Product managers must know how to conduct customer research in order to clarify what market opportunities exist. The interviewer wants to know what methods you would use to connect with customers to find out what they need and want.

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      How to Answer

      Provide examples of times in the past when you've performed this type of research. Share both the steps you took and what the outcomes were.

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