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Cracking the PM interview: how to land a product manager job in technology

By: McDowell, Gayle Laakmann.
Publisher: CA CareerCup, LLC 2013Description: 363 p; 366 p. 779 KB.ISBN: 9780984782819; B00ISYMUR6 (Kindle edition).Subject(s): Product management | High technology industries - Vocational guidance | Employment interviewingDDC classification: 658.5 Online resources: Kindle ebook Summary: How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan? How do you design an alarm clock for the blind? What is your favorite piece of software and why? How would you launch a video rental service in India? This book will teach you how to answer these questions and more. Cracking the PM Interview is a comprehensive book on landing a product management role in startups or bigger tech companies. Learn how the ambiguously-named “PM” (product manager / program manager) role varies between companies, what experiences you need, how to make your existing experience translate, what a great PM resume and cover letter looks like, and then how to master the PM interview questions (estimation questions, behavioral questions, estimation questions, product questions, technical questions, and the super-important “pitch”). (http://www.crackingthepminterview.com/)
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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

1.1. Why does this matter?
1.2. Who are we?
1.3. What now?

2. The Product Manager Role

2.1. What is a PM?
2.2. Functions of a PM
2.3. Top Myths about Product Management
2.4. Project Managers and Program Managers

3. Companies

3.1. How the PM Role Varies
3.2. Google
3.3. Microsoft
3.4. Apple
3.5. Facebook
3.6. Amazon
3.7. Yahoo
3.8. Twitter
3.9. Startups

4. Getting the Right Experience

4.1. New Grads
4.2. Making the Most of Career Fairs
4.3. Do you need an MBA?
4.4. Why Technical Experience Matters
4.5. Transitioning from Engineer to Product Manager
4.6. Transitioning from Designer to Product Manager
4.7. Transitioning from Other Roles
4.8. What Makes a Good Side Project?

5. Career Advancement

5.1. Tips and Tricks for Career Advancement
5.2. Q & A: Fernando Delgado, Sr. Director, Product Management at Yahoo
5.3. Q & A: Ashley Carroll, Senior Director of Product Management, DocuSign
5.4. Q & A: Brandon Bray, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft
5.5. Q & A: Thomas Arend, International Product Lead, Airbnb
5.6. Q & A: Johanna Wright, VP at Google
5.7. Q & A: Lisa Kostova Ogata, VP of Product at Bright.com

6. Behind the Interview Scenes

6.1. Google
6.2. Microsoft
6.3. Facebook
6.4. Apple
6.5. Amazon
6.6. Yahoo
6.7. Twitter
6.8. Dropbox

7. Resumes

7.1. The 15 Second Rule
7.2. The Rules
7.3. Attributes of a Good PM Resume
7.4. What to Include

8. Real Resumes: Before & After

9. Cover Letters

9.1. Elements of a Good PM Cover Letter
9.2. The Cover Letter Template
9.3. A Great Cover Letter

10. Company Research

10.1. The Product
10.2. The Strategy
10.3. The Culture
10.4. The Role
10.5. The Questions

11. Define Yourself

11.1. "Tell Me About Yourself" (The Pitch)
11.2. "Why do you want to work here?"
11.3. "Why should we hire you?"
11.4. "Why are you leaving your current job?"
11.5. "What do you like to do in your spare time?"
11.6. "Where do you see yourself in five years?"
11.7. "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
11.8. Sample Strengths and Weaknesses

12. Behavioral Questions

12.1. Why These Questions Are Asked
12.2. Preparation
12.3. Follow-Up Questions
12.4. Types of Behavioral Questions

13. Estimation Questions

13.1. Approach
13.2. Numbers Cheat Sheet
13.3. Tips and Tricks
13.4. Example Interview
13.5. Sample Questions

14. Product Questions

14.1. About the Product Question
14.2. Type 1: Designing a Product
14.3. Type 2: Improving a Product
14.4. Type 3: Favorite Product
14.5. Preparation
14.6. Tips and Tricks
14.7. Sample Questions

15. Case Questions

15.1. The Case Question: Consultants vs. PMs
15.2. What Interviewers Look For
15.3. Useful Frameworks
15.4. Product Metrics
15.5. Interview Questions

16. Coding Questions

16.1. Who Needs To Code
16.2. What You Need To Know
16.3. How You Are Evaluated
16.4. How to Approach
16.5. Developing an Algorithm
16.6. Additional Questions
16.7. Solutions

How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan? How do you design an alarm clock for the blind? What is your favorite piece of software and why? How would you launch a video rental service in India? This book will teach you how to answer these questions and more.

Cracking the PM Interview is a comprehensive book on landing a product management role in startups or bigger tech companies. Learn how the ambiguously-named “PM” (product manager / program manager) role varies between companies, what experiences you need, how to make your existing experience translate, what a great PM resume and cover letter looks like, and then how to master the PM interview questions (estimation questions, behavioral questions, estimation questions, product questions, technical questions, and the super-important “pitch”).


(http://www.crackingthepminterview.com/)

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