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Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews Paperback – November 28, 2013
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-- 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
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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Top Customer Reviews
The book’s main focus is on how to succeed in the product management interview, which tests analytical, design, and technical know-how. But Decode and Conquer’s frameworks and approaches can be used in many analytical or case-based interviews outside of product management.
This book’s strengths include: 1) revealing the types of common (and even uncommon) questions asked in these interviews, 2) providing frameworks for answering these questions, and where the book really shines, 3) giving many sample answers (good, bad, and ugly ones) with accompanying critiques.
I personally learn more from failures than successes, and this book shows some answers that may on the surface sound good, but upon closer inspection, fall apart. Walking through these answers, Lewis shows how bad answers can be made right and good answers made better. While many other interview books provide frameworks and theories, Decode and Conquer provides practical advice from scores of real world interviews the author has conducted.
Lewis also provides useful soft skills for the interview from asking for feedback to pausing to collect your thoughts before diving into an answer. These are often neglected by many interviewees who may jump too quickly to conclusion. I would like to see additional material on soft skills in the next edition of the book.
Any prospective product manager should get this book and even seasoned product managers will find valuable insight into their roles and up their game with Decode and Conquer.
I received this book the night before my interview, and though I didn't get to read the whole thing beforehand, I was able to quickly and easily identify the most important elements for my particular interview.
The most helpful parts for me were the frameworks for responses and sample questions/answers. Being able to ensure that I would completely answer a question about product development with CIRCLES and being able to discuss relevant metrics with AARM really helped me complete my thoughts.
One of the sample questions with a example response was actually about a competitor's product! That was perfect and it was great to think of other viewpoints for this company's product.
If you want to make sure that you land that awesome Product role, you need to read this book. You'll be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition!
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Best approach and flexible frameworks
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