RocketBlocks: Interviewing and Career Advice Blog

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Interview insights. Industry pointers. And helpful context to help you land jobs at leading companies like McKinsey & Co and Google.

Consulting posts

Chronicling the journeys of six successful PMs and how they broke into product management

Mutually exclusive, completely exhaustive (MECE) is an incredibly powerful tool for structuring problems - learn it with some fun examples.

Partners at leading firms like McKinsey, BCG and Bain can make over $500K annually. This post breaks down the key drivers of partner compensation.

Market sizing questions simultaneously test quantitative skills and business acumen. Check out our advice for how to approach them with confidence.

Product management posts

Covering the craft of product management, what to expect in interviews and industry insights

Lots of people believe a CS degree is necessary to land a product management job - this post debunks that myth.

Side projects are an incredibly helpful way to get product management experience without anyone's permission. These our tips to get started.

Interviewing for a product manager role at Facebook? Don't miss our comprehensive overview of what to expect and how to prepare.


Breaking into product management series

Chronicling the journeys of six successful PMs and how they broke into product management

Abby Grills, Gusto PM, shares her journey from mechanical engineer to Gusto PM.

Andy Jih was destined for a career in audio design for gaming companies. Plans changed and now he's a Stripe PM.

Alex Rosen started in customer experience at Google, ended up running product at GREE and co-founded his own company.

Andrew Chang shares his advice for people breaking into PM from his experience at Google, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tanya has PM'd products at Google, Facebook, Groupon and now leads the product team at UserTesting - but she got her start in sales.

Satyajeet Salgar had the perfect aspiring PM resume (Stanford CS) but breaking in is never easy.


Case interview advice series

A series of deep dives on key consulting interview topics with experts from McKinsey, BCG and Bain

Steve Kenning, a former Bain & Co. Consultant, shares some simple and powerful advice on how to stand out in a good way.

Abhi Tiwari, a former BCG Consultant, provides some practical tips on how to avoid easy case interview mistakes.

Amar Shibli, a former McKinsey & Co. Engagement Manager, shares his tips for how to pitch your experience to consulting firms.

A no, non-sense deep dive on the McKinsey personal experience interview (PEI) and how to shine in it.


Notable alumni databases

A simple, searchable table of notable alumni from great companies

McKinsey & Co. alumni include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and more.

Google PMs like Bret Taylor, Tomas Tunguz and Amy Chang have gone on to found, sell and invest in leading Silicon Valley startups.

BCG alumni span the spectrum: from running global brands like Pepsi (Indra Nooyi) to winning Grammys (John Legend).

YouTube CEO Susan Wojicki is a Bain alumni, along with Mark Pincus, Kenneth Chennault and more.


Consulting Getting Started Guide

A robust guide to the management consulting process with context, insights and anecdotes from consultants at leading companies like McKinsey, BCG, Bain and more.

PM Getting Started Guide

If you're just getting started with a product management career, there is no better place to start. A guide jam-packed with insights from leading PMs at Google, Amazon, Facebook and more.