How to Crack the Product Manager Interview by Gayle McDowell

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In this talk, Gayle McDowell taught how to prepare for Product Manager interviews, what top companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft really look for, and how to tackle the toughest problems.

Gayle discussed how the ambiguously-named "PM" (product manager / program manager) role varies across companies, what experience you need, how to make your existing experience translate, what a great PM resume and cover letter look like, and finally, how to master the PM interview questions (estimation questions, behavioral questions, case questions, product questions, technical questions, and the super important "pitch").

Gayle McDowell is the author of the book "Cracking the PM Interview", the #1 interview prep book for aspiring product managers. She is also the Founder and CEO of CareerCup and the author of Cracking the Coding Interview and Cracking the Tech Career.

Gayle has worked as a Software Engineer for Google, Microsoft and Apple and has extensive interviewing experience on both sides of the table. She has interviewed and received offers from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Goldman Sachs and a variety of other firms, and she has interviewed over 120 candidates at Google and served on its hiring committee.

Chapter 1 0:05 Speaker Introduction
Chapter 2 2:10 The many names of a Product Manager & What They Do
Chapter 3 3:30 What Is the Perfect Product Manager?
Chapter 4 12:10 In an MBA Needed?
Chapter 5 17:40 Behavioral Questions.
Chapter 6 22:25 How to Tell a Great Pitch?
Chapter 7 29:35 Big Mistakes
Chapter 8 34:40 Mistakes, Weaknesses, Failures
Chapter 9 38:10 Product Design
Chapter 10 50:05 Not All Products Are Created Equal
Chapter 11 52:20 Estimation Questionsç
Chapter 12 1:00:30 Major Mistakes with Estimation Questions
Chapter 13 1:02:20 Basic Interview Questions
Chapter 14 1:10:05 Questions from the Audience

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