Interviewing to hire Product Managers

What should I ask in the PM interview to the hiring manager?


Here are some potential questions you might want to ask your candidate:
Tell me about yourself.
How did you hear about this role?
What interests you about this role?
What are you looking for in a new position?
Why do you want to leave your current job?
What do you like most/least about your current job?
Why do you want to work here?
What are your career goals?


You as an interviewer would want to understand how the past product management experience will translate into the new position. Your candidate might expect to discuss common product management topics, such as setting strategy, creating product roadmaps, managing releases, gathering ideas, and defining features.


Answers to the following questions can effectively describe your interviewee’s experience:
How would you explain product management to a stranger?
Tell me about the product(s) you own.
Who are the customers? How big is the customer base?
What type of customer research do you conduct and how often?
How do you develop product strategy?
What inputs do you use to build your roadmap?
How do you plan releases? What development methodology does your company follow?
How often do you launch new features?
Where do ideas for new features come from? How do you decide which ones to build?
Take me through how you manage a feature from conception to launch.
Tell me about the most successful product have managed. What made it so successful?
Describe one of your failures. Why do you think it failed? What would you do differently?
How do you know if a product launch is successful?
Can you share a lesson from your last product launch?

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Successful product managers must be skilled at leading a cross-functional team. This requires the ability to make decisions, influence other people, and unite teams (such as engineering, marketing, sales, and support) around a common vision and goals. Here are a few examples of interview questions that explore one’s leadership skills:
What types of people do you like to work with?
Tell me how you motivate other people?
What makes you really angry?
How frequently do you meet with cross-functional teams?
Tell me about a project that required you to influence people that did not report to you.
If I spoke to your coworkers, what is one word they would use to describe you?
Tell me about a time when something went wrong at work and you took control.
Have you ever had a disagreement with a teammate? What was the outcome?
How do you communicate with executive leadership?
Describe a time when you used data to make a decision.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Who do you respect most for their leadership ability and why?