Microsoft Senior Product Manager Interview Questions

Updated Apr 19, 2014
Updated Apr 19, 2014
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    First, a third party recruiter contacted me and we talked for about 45 minutes. Then a Microsoft employee recruiter interviewed me for about 30 minutes. Then the hiring manager interviewed me. Then they flew both me and my spouse out for a two-day interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions were experienced based (tell me about a time when .....) or behavioral based (what would you do if...) Toughest question was when one of the interviewers started out the interview by telling me that he didn't think I was right for the job.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate, the package was more than I asked for.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very well organized team arranging the whole process from end to end. Very open to questions around how things work and very detailed description of the role and responsibilities and how I would be measured.

    Interview Questions
    • What would be the first four new initiatives you would do based on your knowledge of the product?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    met with 5 different people - some peers in team, others peers in different teams. If you get through these, you will meet a senior level person (the 'as appropriate') who will evaluate you for overall fit for Microsoft.

    Interview Questions
    • None difficult per se, just very behavioral in nature: "how would you size this market?", for example.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    difficult to negotiate a lot on salary as they put you into a level band - but worth effort. Much more flexibility around 1-time expenditures, like signing bonus.
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Sent resume through campus career fair, scheduled a on campus interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had submitted a resume online back in December 2012, but was first contacted by a recruiter in early February. She emailed me, and we set up a conference call for the next day. After chatting with her about the position and my resume, she had indicated that the hiring manager (a Director) was interested in my background, and we set up a call for two days later between myself and the hiring manager.

    That phone conversation went well also. Talked with the hiring manager about the position, his expectations, their products, the corporate structure of their team and how they are organized by product line. At the end of the call, the manager indicated that he wanted me to fly up to Redmond for face-to-face interviews, and he was interested in me due to the fact that I was currently working with a competitor, involved in the same type of software licensing realm this his team is involved with.

    The on-site interviews went very well. It was a long day (5 one hour interviews), but it felt like they went by very quickly. I interviewed with the hiring manager again, a Sr. Product Manager who would be one of my peers, and other product managers and directors from other teams. Most of the interviews were very relaxed, get-to-know-you type conversations. The peer asked more business case questions, where there was not really a correct answer, but testing to see how you think through the problem. I thought I was a little shaky on this part, trying to get a feel if I was answering the question in the manner that he was seeking.

    I flew back home, and was informed that the General Manager (the hiring manager's boss) was out of town while I was there, and they would make a decision on the 3 final candidates who would get to do a final phone conversation with the GM. Fortunately, I was selected, and was set up for a phone call with him the following week. I think this is the "final stamp of approval" type scenario. The phone conversation went very well with the GM, just like the others. He was doing more of the selling Microsoft and living in Seattle, telling me about his life experiences and how he ended up with Microsoft. He then did a little testing on my passion for technology, which is very important at Microsoft. We talked about different products (not related to what the role would be involved with), asking me questions about how I would approach competitively positioning the products. At the end of the call, we discussed salary expectations, and it ended with him letting me know that they would get back to me soon with a decision.

    Two days later, I received an email from the recruiter with their offer. Based on the salary averages for the position that I saw here on Glassdoor, it was pretty much on that mark. I negotiated for a little more, and they met my counter-offer the next day. At this point, I accepted the job.

    Overall, a very pleasant experience. And the recruiter and others who organized the interview process were always quick to respond to questions and informed me of all details throughout.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you position the Microsoft Surface to the market, and what other considerations should be taken into account (in relation to other Microsoft products)?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I countered their initial offer with a figure $6k higher. They accepted my counter.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Okay, but it comes down to your internal review score, if you are a internal hire. You do better coming from outside the company.

    Interview Questions
    • 1.) Diagram the consumerization of IT in the cloud, and what can we do to protect information in the cloud.

      2.) Diagram a solution for pulling information back from email or information sent outside of an organization that is deemed confidential.

      3.) Using pencil and paper, build a cash flow statement for a business I'm about to tell you and tell me what the annual cash flows looking like. You have to ask questions to get necessary information.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Abstract questions to understand thought process.
    Push the candidates to see their tolerance for roadblocks
    Dealing with ambiguity

    Interview Questions
    • Dealing with Ambiguity - what if this doesn't work? what if budget is cut? What if you have a new manager every 6 months?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Some of the interviewers were fair and wanted to see the positive, some were trying to trip you up and wanted to see how you would react to stressful situations.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Straight forward process with little to no ambiguity.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    I worked at MSFT for 6 years and left about 5 years ago. The hiring manager for this position and I had a mutual friend, thus the interview. I had a phone interview with recruiter then a scheduled full in-person loop with 5 team members. All interviews went well and I made it to the 'as appropriate' interviewer. Typically at MSFT they reserve one high-level person to pop in as the last interviewer if everyone else has given you a thumbs up. Recruiter then went and checked my references. All seemed good, but she called back quickly and said that the team decided to go with another candidate, which seemed odd. She didn't give detailed feedback as to what I was missing vs the other candidate.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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