e.g.: If Facebook can buy any other non-tech company which one should they? or Instagram Executives had a strategy meeting and decided they wanted to pursue something in the area of Education. You’ve been chosen as the PM to lead the effort. What do you do?
Following this post. Curious what the approach is as well
Another broad question that was asked recently - What should Facebook do next?
These questions are two distinct types, I want to address each separately:
“If Facebook can buy any other non-tech company which one should they?” or “What should Facebook do next?”
This is not a question you’d get at a Facebook product sense round. It could be a question you get in a hiring manager screen or possibly (rarely) in leadership & drive. If asked in that context, it’s a question testing raw product intuition/creativity: the interviewer is looking to hear a few cool/interesting ideas and your answer shouldn’t more than a few minutes long (i.e. no framework). It should be something you genuinely believe and are excited to talk about (rather than something that’s designed to “sound big”).
Instagram Executives had a strategy meeting and decided they wanted to pursue something in the area of Education. You’ve been chosen as the PM to lead the effort. What do you do?
This is a more typical product sense question: it’s basically “Build Instagram for education” wrapped in a narrative. You can use the usual product sense framework. Because education is a big space, you’ll probably need to do a scope cut at some point, e.g you could cut on stage of education (pre-K, K-12, adult education, etc.).
Very interesting perspectives. Thanks for the breakdown!
Thank you so much, so helpful! I was worried about the first type of question too. It seems much less intimidating now!!