Meesho Product Manager Interview 2022 complete guide

Content:

  1. Meesho PM Interview Structure
  2. PM Interview Questions at Meesho
  3. Negotiations
  4. Asking the Right Questions
  5. Product Organizational Structure
  6. Conclusion

PM Interview Structure

The process of getting the call from HR to obtaining the offer letter takes about 1.5-2 months on an average.

Phase 1 (Exploratory and Phone Screening Rounds)

1. Exploratory Discussion

This is the stage when you’ll be interacting with your potential Hiring Manager. As soon as your CV is shortlisted, your recruiter will set up an exploratory discussion based on your availability.

🔓The intent of this round is to understand your past experience, expectations and aspirations for the future.

Common mistakes: Speaking poorly about previous employers and coworkers instead of focusing on your own journey.

2. Case Study

You will be given a real-world problem statement where the interviewer will judge you on how you use structured thinking and frameworks to understand a problem on the macro level and break it down into deeper and smaller areas. The problem statement can be from any domain/industry/business/context. You can also expect non industry-based questions on metrics and guesstimates can also be part of this interview round.

🔓The interviewer will evaluate you on the breadth and depth of your thought process through this exercise. Be as exhaustive and thorough as possible.

Common mistakes: Thinking that there is a single universal solution and not exploring different possibilities, restricting yourself to artificial constraints.

3. Assignment

You will be given an assignment, usually related to a problem Meesho is facing currently, and you are expected to solve the problem using your technical and contextual knowledge of Meesho, its products, and its platforms.

🔓You can use any framework and provide any solution, given that you can justify your solution, its feasibility, and its impact clearly.

Common mistakes: Not being familiar with Meesho and its products, or not demonstrating a clear understanding of the problem presented. Not using specific answers and trying to present vague answers will damage your chances.

Phase 2 (Fit Interviews)

1. Behavioral Interview

The interviewer will try to understand your aspirations, inspirations and motivations, self-awareness, leadership ability, stakeholder management, strengths and weaknesses, etc.

🔓The intent of this round is to evaluate your team fitment based on your experience, interests and Strengths demonstrated across other rounds

Common mistakes: Trying to present an ideal self before the interviewer and not your actual self.

2. Discussion with Executives (CTO, CPO, etc.)

In this round, you are being evaluated for your business and technical acumen at Meesho. The round is meant to assess whether you would be a good fit in Meesho. There are no right or wrong answers. Be honest and think thoroughly before you answer.

🔓There may be questions around your past experiences, career aspirations, hypothetical scenarios, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. We highly recommend that you invest some time in preparing yourself for the interview.

Common mistakes: Lying about questions you aren’t ready to deal with would not help. Be honest and upfront.

PM Interview Questions at Meesho

1. If you were a PM at Ola Play what would you have done differently?(Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They aren’t looking for a very detailed answer, just a general overview of your strategy.

2.  How would you monetize Ola Play and is it monetization necessary? (Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They want you to present a case for your answer with proper examples and assumptions stated clearly.

3.Introduce yourself. Why are you interested in product management? (Nov 2021, APM)

Pro Tip: They aren’t looking for a very thorough introduction, focus on your spikes (things you are very good at), and try to weave a story around yourself.

4. How would you build a product that assigns riders in food delivery apps? (Nov 2021, APM)

Pro Tip: They want you to analyze the problem from new perspectives, and not try to reinvent the wheel.

5. You want to increase paid subscriptions for a meditation app. How would you go about doing it? (Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They are looking for an answer that uses proper frameworks and clearly outlines a definite strategy, not vague answers that just provide scant details.

6. What steps would you take to reduce delivery time on a food delivery app? (Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They want to know how you identify problems and solve them to optimize pre-existing solutions.

7. How would you build a recommendation engine for an app like Spotify? (Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They are looking to gauge your technical expertise as well as general understanding of users.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Nov 2021, PM)

Pro Tip: They are looking to understand your fit at the company and how you envision yourself in its growth.

9. If you could go back in time to when you graduated what would you have done differently? (Nov 2021, APM)

Pro Tip: This question is just present to understand you better as a person. Try to answer it in an honest manner.

10. How would you increase the customer base of LinkedIn by 10x? (Nov 2021, APM)

Pro Tip: They are looking for your familiarity with frameworks, conceptualisation of problems, and ideation and implementation of feasible solutions.

Negotiations

On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest, most applicants rated the interview and the salary negotiation process at 8+ points.

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Asking the Right Questions

  1. Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?

Why ask this : Shows your curiosity and enthusiasm for the company & your planning abilities.

2. What does a typical day look like?

Why ask this : Shows you care about company culture, and are curious about how you would spend your time at the company.

3. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?

Why ask this : Shows you have a planning nature and are eager to learn about the intricacies of the role.

4. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?

Why ask this : Shows you know how to do expectation setting and want to understand the demands of the company from you.

5. What’s your favourite part about working here?

Why ask this : Shows you are eager to learn about company culture.

6. What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?

Why ask this : Shows you want to understand company vision and how you would contribute to it.

Product Organisation Structure

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No of PMs in the team - 50 to 60 PMs currently
PM to Engineers ratio - 1:3

Some Products by Meesho

Social Commerce

E-commerce platform for small business retailers where the logistics and platform is offered by Meesho.

Conclusion

PMs wear multiple hats over the course of the day, with their job entailing people management, expectation setting, coordination, business analysis, and leading teams.

Apart from exceptional PM skills, they look for a dependable and well rounded individual that operates with a user first approach. PMs have to work in a collaborative environment which makes good communication skills a must amongst other qualities like the ability to prioritise and execute fast.

What makes any candidate a strong YES for everyone on the interview panel is their approach to the problem statement and the structure of their solution. This post has tried to cover all the information one needs to crack a product management interview at Meesho.

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