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Product Manager interviews test for 3 core skills - product sense, execution and behavioral skills. The format is different for different companies but the interviews test for the same core skills. The hard truth is that most interviews require you to think on your feet and respond quickly. Frameworks help with that. I've developed the following frameworks after doing ~100 mocks, giving several interviews, and interviewing several candidates.

Things to keep in mind while using these frameworks

Execution

This interview tests your ability to prioritize, identify the correct tradeoffs and set your team up for success. As a PM you need to create logical frameworks to make decisions against. There are 3 types of questions that are asked in execution interviews:

  1. Trade off between A and B
  2. Set goal for a product
  3. Root cause analysis

Common gotchas