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Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology Paperback – Illustrated, 2 December 2013

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 366 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0984782818
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0984782819
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Ben
2.0 out of 5 stars Read Swipe to Unlock and Decode and Conquer instead!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read Swipe to Unlock and Decode and Conquer instead!!
Reviewed in the United States on 12 July 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Product Management 101 - Interviewing in the age of social media and new tech
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Qingling Ni
4.0 out of 5 stars A good review of what product manager interview entails
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Massimiliano
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for anyone with limited experience
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