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Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews Paperback – November 28, 2013
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PRAISE FOR DECODE AND CONQUER
-- John Kim, Senior Vice President, Global Products, EXPEDIA
"Lewis blends his deep product experience with the art, science and psychology of PM interviews in Decode and Conquer."
-- Phil Mui, Former Group Product Manager, GOOGLE
"If you've ever failed a product management interview, you know how hard it is to prepare and do well. With Decode and Conquer, Lewis provides frameworks and sample answers to help you conquer the interview."
-- Roberto Figueroa, Former Vice President, Product Development, YAHOO!
-- Bruce Jaffe, Former Corporate Vice President, MICROSOFT
"Decode and Conquer is a fascinating book about how to succeed in product management interviews, especially case questions. It's essential reading for anyone trying to succeed in a competitive product management job market."
-- Sandi Lin, Former AMAZON Bar Raiser and Senior Manager, Product Management
"Decode and Conquer provides powerful frameworks to tackle product management case questions effectively. It is a must read for hiring managers and anyone interviewing for a PM position."
-- Karthik Rau, Former Vice President, Product Management, VMWARE
"There are plenty of books focused on interviewing, but Decode and Conquer is the first one that focuses on product management interviews. It's a unique, indispensable find that deserves to be on the bookshelf on every product management professional."
-- Ingrid Stabb, Senior Director, ORACLE
About the Author
LEWIS C. LIN is CEO of Impact Interview, an interview coaching firm. Lewis was named by CNN as one of the "top 10 job tweeters you should be following." He has also been featured on FOX, ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, and Business Insider.
Before Impact Interview, Lewis was Microsoft's Director of Product Management. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at Google, leading new AdWords product launches.
Lewis holds a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He also serves on the advisory board for University of Washington's software product management program.
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Lin also does a great job teaching something called the CIRCLES framework which helps prospective PMs think more clearly and compose well-structured, logical responses to the sort of questions they will get asked in PM interviews. As someone who conducts PM interviews at a FANG company though, please be warned that if you are using the framework too closely, you will come off as robotic-almost as if you had been told the question beforehand and were reciting a memorized answer. That is not what the interviewer is looking for. Use frameworks as a reference point to make sure you aren't forgetting anything but do NOT use them verbatim. You want to give organized responses to questions that seem to be coming organically as that is what you will need to do everyday on the job.
Overall, this book is very strong. The only reason I am giving it four stars is because it seems to downplay open ended strategy questions. Sure, Lin touches on this with things like "You're the CEO of the Yellow Cab taxi service. How do you respond to Uber?" however this book doesn't give you industry insight in the strategy's of the top tech companies or how their products work at a high level for less technical PMs.
For that reason, I think Decode and Conquer is one of two must reads for getting PM offers. The other book is called Swipe to Unlock. This book provides considerable insight on the tech and business strategy side to enable you to have the context you need to understand the full implications of what you may be asked. It covers things like why does Google let Yelp & Uber (which are competitors to Google reviews and Waymo) use Google maps or why does Facebook let other apps which are competing for precious user time spent to log in with Facebook credentials instead of making them create their own logins which would cause more friction and probably result in more people using other non-core apps less overall and just defaulting to using Facebook more. It also gives a high level overview of how core tech like search algorithms or machine learning actually work under the hood which may be helpful if you are a PM without a strong computer science education.
Between Decode and Conquer and Swipe to Unlock, you should have everything you need to ace PM interview.
Definitely read up the product sense/design and execution (metrics) chapters.
Just wanted to convey my thanks for writing a special book with very relevant examples that helped me sail through. Also special mention to your recommended strategy of preparing mock-ups and screen visuals before the interview to win interviewer's heart.
How to not sound mechanical while using the frameworks is awesome
Recommend to everyone who wants to be a PM or become a better one!
Decode and Conquer presents a clear framework on addressing product design questions and also has a insightful section on handling pricing questions, which was helpful. My only criticisms are that the technical questions don't give you a full flavor of the types or complexity of questions you might actually encounter in a PM interview (ie, data structures, caching, load balancing).