A Product Owner plays an important role that defines the product vision and direction. The success or failure depends upon how well the Product owner can articulate and communicate the needs to the team. A Product Owner is largely successful if S/he understands and practices the Product management aspects well and can bring such experience into the role.
When a Product owner role opens up in an organization, there are several perspectives in which the interviews are approached. Given the several stances of the Product Owner (PO) role, the recruiter needs to understand how s/he tackles different scenarios as part of the job profile. The key is to have a broad discussion around the assumed responsibilities by both parties. This will ensure that the expectations are understood, and the Product Owner can fulfil the duties.
In this article, we will discuss a few questions that are most important in a PO interview. We will skip the initial icebreaker questions such as “Tell us about yourself” and jump to questions more pertinent to the role. So, here we go.
Here’s a bonus question that might make sense to ask the PO, just in case:
When looking at the above questions, you could see that we have covered stakeholder management, negotiation capabilities, tools and techniques in a Product Owner’s armoury and time management aspects. Depending on the replies for each of these questions, you could expect more context-driven questions to be discussed in the interviews, along with some additional areas covering soft skills, methods, or frameworks. The key is being able to communicate and substantiate the answers in an easy to understand manner. Of course, nobody is perfect, but it helps if the basic understanding of the product owner profile clearly comes out during the interview.