FAANG PMs, let’s be honest
I’ve observed a very specific interview style by current and ex- FAANG PMs:
- They’re expecting you to answer questions in a specific way. If not, your experience and answers aren’t considered.
- They don’t take any time to get to know you as a person and they’re not genuine or personable.
- They don’t not listen and often seem distracted or impatient.
- They over-index on product design and product sense questions.
From my experience, it looks like these PMs have taken this interview process to startups too. I’m well aware that interview coaching has become an industry unto itself in tech. But as an experienced PM who has excelled in every role I’ve held and has interviewed others extensively, this narrow-minded, gatekeeper behavior is incredibly frustrating.
So, all current and ex-FAANG PMs I want to hear your honest reflections:
- Does it make sense that the interview process has become so ridiculous and ruthless that even highly competent PMs have to spend weeks prepping?
- Is it really so challenging to be a FAANG PM that it necessitates such a vetting process?
- Given such a stringent process, do you believe that your PM colleagues are exceptional, “top 10% PMs”?