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Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology by [McDowell, Gayle Laakmann, Bavaro, Jackie]
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"I wish this book had existed when I first found my way into product management. Gayle and Jackie don't just help you land a PM job; they show you what it takes to be great once you've got one. Finally there's a game plan for charting your career as a product manager."

--Ken Norton, Partner at Google Ventures (former PM at Google)^"If you were looking for a comprehensive, well-researched book about how to get a job in product management, look no further than Cracking the PM Interview. Gayle and Jackie break down the entire process of landing your dream PM job, while bridging a wide range of perspectives that aspiring PMs may bring to the table. This is a no-brainer resource to leverage during your job search."

--Jason Shah, former Product Manager at Yammer/Microsoft & instructor of How to Get a Job in Product Management^"Impressed by Jackie and Gayle's thorough interview walkthrough, from defining your skills, to resumes and all the way to product questions. A definite handbook for hopeful product managers." 

--Ritu Jain, Organizer of PM Fast Track Community & CEO of LearningJar

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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 about landing a product management role in a startup or bigger tech company. Learn 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").


The Product Manager Role
What is a PM?
Functions of a PM
Top Myths about Product Management
Project Managers and Program Managers

How the PM Role Varies

Getting the Right Experience
New Grads
Making the Most of Career Fairs
Do you need an MBA?
Why Technical Experience Matters
Transitioning from Engineer to Product Manager
Transitioning from Designer to Product Manager
Transitioning from Other Roles
What Makes a Good Side Project?

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

Behind the Interview Scenes

The 15 Second Rule
The Rules
Attributes of a Good PM Resume
What to Include

Real Resumes: Before & After

Cover Letters
Elements of a Good PM Cover Letter
The Cover Letter Template
A Great Cover Letter

Company Research
The Product
The Strategy
The Culture
The Role
The Questions

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

Behavioral Questions
Why These Questions Are Asked
Follow-Up Questions
Types of Behavioral Questions

Estimation Questions
Numbers Cheat Sheet
Tips and Tricks
Example Interview
Sample Questions

Product Questions
About the Product Question
Type 1: Designing a Product
Type 2: Improving a Product
Type 3: Favorite Product
Tips and Tricks
Sample Questions

Case Questions
The Case Question: Consultants vs. PMs
What Interviewers Look For
Useful Frameworks
Product Metrics
Interview Questions

Coding Questions
Who Needs To Code
What You Need To Know
How You Are Evaluated
How To Approach
Developing an Algorithm
Additional Questions & Solutions

Top 1% PMs vs. Top 10% PMs
Be a Great Product Leader
The Inputs to a Great Product Roadmap
How to Hire a Product Manager

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: CareerCup (March 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Project Manager Job in Technology is a comprehensive guide to getting a job as a Product Manager in the world of IT and succeeding at it.

The authors, Gayle Laakmann McDowell and Jackie Bavaro, skillfully walk you through preparing yourself for a PM career, landing the job and excelling at it.

Here are some of the topics the book goes through:

- What is product management?
- Does project management vary at different companies? (The book looks at the usual big names in tech, as well as some up and coming startups)
- What does a good product manager resume look like?
- How do you transition from a different background to a project manager role?
- How do you prepare for a project manager interview? (This is where the meat of the book is. The authors go into detail about different types of questions and overall strategies)
- How do you succeed once you do get that job as a project manager?

Having worked and interviewed at some of the companies mentioned in the book, I found the advice to be highly relevant, extremely well-crafted and super useful.

This book is a must buy if you are considering interviewing for a PM role.
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If you're transferring into the PM world this is simply the best book. 3 skill sets a PM has to have are design, technical and project management / business understanding. All covered in great depth in this book. It even goes to greater depths in explaining how you should position yourself and prepare your resume, etc. I learned a great deal from it and thanks to this book I'm now much better prepared for PM interviews.
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For an incredibly long time I have had problems trying to articulate what on earth of Product Manager or Program Manager does. This book nails it on the head. I think even if you are not interviewing, this is a great book for PM's/PD's to review, as it helps remind you of things you may want to revisit in your own career (at a holistic level).

PLUS! you get excellent resume tips...
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