If you want to work for YouTube, you better have some advice for improvements to its products ready to fire off in your interview.
At a New York Times talk on Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki shared her favourite interview question. She said she usually asks about a specific product YouTube has released, or a neutral product — something she knows they use — and then asks the interviewee, “How do you make it better?”
For a product manager especially, you always have to be thinking of the next generation, Wojcicki said. If you can’t think of a single thing to make a product better that you use a lot, you are in trouble. And you’re probably not going to get the job.
Wojcicki said another question she has asked in the past is, “How do you manage your email?” She said it gave her insight into people’s organizational skill sets, into how they schedule their days, and even some tips.
“I found that incredibly interesting, the variety in ways people manage their email,” she said. And for the record, Wojcicki has all her email in one box, and never deletes email — ever. She likes to be able to search for an email someone might have sent her three years ago.
See the full talk here: