PM Interview Practice Questions


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The following are some practice questions for a PM Interview:


  • An aspiring Amazon product manager proposes to Jeff Bezos that Amazon should sell groceries from neighborhood markets. What are the pros and cons of this idea?
  • Design an alarm clock for the blind
  • If you were Google's CEO, would you be concerned about Microsoft?
  • If you were CEO of Yahoo!, what would your strategy be?
  • How many iPhones are sold in the US each year?
  • How does LinkedIn make money, and what are the biggest threats?
  • You have a choice between selling a new oven or an oven mitt. Which one do you choose and why?
  • You are the product manager for Google+. What killer feature would you build?
  • Google Maps is launching a new version for schools, how would you design this?
  • Should Amazon launch a smartphone?
  • Estimate McDonald's revenue.
  • How much money do people spend on haircut every year in the US?
  • Re-design a garage door opener.
  • Google shut down a location sharing service called Google Latitude on August 2013. How would you redesign and re-launch a location-sharing app?
  • How would you design an oven for a person in a wheelchair
  • How would you improve Google Maps?
  • How many basketballs are purchased every year?
  • Amazon has ads on its website for products you can buy on other websites. Why do you think is the strategy here? Is it a good idea?
  • How will you improve LinkedIn's home page?
  • Describe the strategy behind Google entering the cell phone market
  • Write an algorithm that detects meeting conflicts.
  • How would you design a blogging application?
  • You are the CEO of the Yellow Cab taxi service. How do you respond to Uber?
  • Select a product you use everyday and discuss its weaknesses.
  • If you were responsible for Microsoft phones, what would you do?
  • How would you price the Kindle Fire HD?
  • You're Larry Page. The head of corporate development tells you that Quora is in play, and both Microsoft and Facebook are bidding for it. Should Google participate in the discussions? Why?
  • How many people are currently online in France?
  • If you were Amazon, would you launch the service in India? Why or why not? How would you do this?
  • How many elevators do you need for a 50-story building?
  • Imagine you were considering launching a new social network service. What would your strategy be?
  • Estimate how much it costs to run Flickr for a 20 GB user.
  • Imagine you were considering launching two services which have similar revenues and costs. How would you decide which one to pursue?
  • Which Google product or service don't make sense to you? Why?
  • What do you think LinkedIn can do on the iPhone that is truly groundbreaking?
  • There's a server bottleneck. How would you solve it?
  • Assume you are the new product manager in our Amazon Prime business and are in charge of feature development. What data would you look at to develop new features? What new features would they be?
  • How much does the US spend on dog food each year?
  • How long would it take to empty a hot tub using only a drinking straw?
  • The billboard industry is under monetized. How can Google create a new product or offering to address this?
  • How many queries per second does Gmail get?
  • How would you design a bookcase for children?
  • How would you improve the LinkedIn mobile app?
  • How would you improve Google's Chrome browser?
  • How would you improve LinkedIn's signup process?
  • Assuming that you are selected, what will be your strategy for next 60 days?
  • Amazon launched display advertisements on its web page, and it was a highly controversial decision within the company. Pick either the pro or con side of the argument and explain your position for or against including ads on the site.
  • How much tennis balls fit in a 2 bedrooms apartment?
  • How much does a schoolbus weigh?
  • Explain recursion.
  • How many windows are in new york?
  • Suggest a killer feature to improve LinkedIn? And what metrics would you track to determine success?
  • How many schools are in the US?
  • What feature would you build to improve Google+? And what metrics would you track to determine success?
  • Tell me about a product that was designed poorly.
  • How does Google make money, and what are the biggest threats?
  • Choose a company that you believe provides a world-class customer experience. What do they do well?
  • How much money does facebook make in ads every year?
  • What would you do the next 2 years if you were CEO of the company?
  • Assume you are the new product manager in our Amazon Prime business and are deciding pricing. The vice president would like to lower the price from $79.99 per year to $69.99 per year. What metrics will you look at to evaluate success of a product?
  • How would you improve image search?
  • How many police officers are in the US?
  • How would you reduce Gmail's storage size?
  • How would you improve Microsoft PowerPoint?
  • How many pairs of eyeglasses are sold every year in the US?
  • Facebook bought Instagram for about $2B, even though Instagram was making no money. Why do you think Facebook did this?
  • Google launched a new program: Google Trusted Stores. Why is Google Trusted Stores strategically important for the company?
  • Brainstorm as many algorithms as possible for recommending Twitter followers.
  • Start a new category, division, or international market for Amazon. Which one did you choose and why?
  • Now tell me why display advertising is a bad decision.
  • How do you like LinkedIn's endorse feature?
  • You're part of the Google Search web spam team. How would you detect duplicate websites?
  • Explain object-oriented programming to your grandmother.
  • How would you improve restaurant search?
  • Design a new iPad app for Google Spreadsheet.
  • Design an elevator control system.