At 8am on a Sunday morning, the Tepper Simmons auditorium was full of aspiring product managers, ready to hear guest speaker Lewis Lin. Lin has a strong following from his successful interview technique books, especially The Product Manager Interview which is regarding as the PM bible for getting a job in Silicon Valley as a product manager.
The interview session was engaging and interactive with practice interview questions, frameworks, tips, and stories from the industry that Lin has been a part of for 20 years. I left feeling invigorated and ready to tackle upcoming product manager interviews with a better understanding of how to succeed.
Product manager interviews are notoriously difficult because they use a case interview style in addition to behavioral questions. You might get product design questions, metrics questions, system design, technical questions (algorithms or coding) or even marketing planning.
Tepper MBA and MSPM students have a well-known quant focus and the product manager role at tech companies fits into this preference perfectly. In one recent ice breaker for a digital marketing class, 75% of the students were looking for product manager roles after graduation or as summer internships.
While I had heard of Lewis Lin, I was thrilled to hear he was coming to Tepper, hosted by our own Business and Technology Club (B&T) which provides lectures, mock interviews, and company meet and greets throughout the year. The Lin interview session is just one example of the exposure to tech and tech job opportunities that the club provides to MSPM and MBA students.