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Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology (Cracking the Interview & Career) by [Gayle Laakmann McDowell, Jackie Bavaro]

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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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Gayle McDowell is the founder / CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of two books: Cracking the Coding Interview, Amazon.com's #1 best-selling interview book, and The Google Resume. She has worked for Google, Microsoft, and Apple and served on Google's hiring committee. She holds a BSE and MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Jackie Bavaro is a product manager at Asana, a leading startup that builds productivity software used by companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Uber, Foursquare, and Pinterest. Previously, she worked as a Product Manager at Google, where she joined as part of the elite Associate Product Manager program, and as a Program Manager at Microsoft. She holds a BA in Computer Science and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00ISYMUR6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CareerCup (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 4, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 779 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 366 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read Swipe to Unlock and Decode and Conquer instead!!
By Ben on July 11, 2019
Like many other MBA students, I aspired to break into product management post-graduation.
This book was extremely helpful for learning what the role of a PM is all about, how it varies from company to company, what a typical day in the life is like, and some high level interview advice.

I do have two criticisms for this book however:
1. The content is definitely dated and feels like it was last updated over a decade ago. The book lists Yahoo as one of the top companies for PMs and goes in depth alongside companies like Google, Microsoft, etc. It also says Facebook has very stringent technical requirements for PMs. That is actually no longer true and hasn't been true for several years. Facebook doesn't ask any technical questions in their PM interviews.
2. Given the name of the title, I thought the book would focus more on the actual interview questions and answers and less on explaining the role.

Don't get me wrong, the other material in the book is still valuable for newbies but if you are already a PM and know the basics, only one third of the book is actually interview prep material. If your goal is interview prep, I'd recommend reading two other books.
1. Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy - This book was written by PMs at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to break down the core concepts of tech and business strategy that all PMs should know. The book is essentially a collection of mini case studies on all aspects of tech strategy, featuring pretty much every notable tech company (e.g. Google, Uber, Robinhood, etc.)
2. Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews - This book was written by a former Microsoft PM and it's essentially what I was expecting Cracking the PM Interview to be like: a super focused interview book with great frameworks and tons of example PM interview questions and answers.

By reading these two books, I was able to get Product Manager offers from both Apple and Amazon straight out of business school without prior product management experience!

tldr; If you are new to product management, buy this book immediately. If you are already a Product Manager and just looking to brush up for an interview, read Decode and Conquer and Swipe to Unlock instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for practise prior to a Product Management interview
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars It generally gives a good indication of the interview process for US based companies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got me a Job first go
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Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book and definitely helped me get my PM job
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great - not just about the interview step but how ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2014
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