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Microsoft Principal Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Dec 20, 2016
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Principal Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2012.

Interview

Programming, algorithms, problem solving, situation analysis were required on phone, intial screening and at the final interview. Some were juniors who would interview which may make you feel frustrating.

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    Principal Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    The process started from a recruiting company which found me and thought I had a good skill set from linkedIn. Two interviews with recruiters and then two phone interviews with Microsoft internal. Each about a week apart. Full onsite interview was scheduled for a few weeks later. The entire day lasted 8-9 hours at the headquarters in Redmond. 6 individual interviews all were one on one. Good mix of technical questions and program management questions. Many repeating questions on how to deal with other groups that need to interact with. Lots of program management technique questions. A lot of examples asked and make sure to have plenty of detail to give. Most of the folks dig into things until they get what they want. Some questions will last 20 minutes. Know your technical area that you are trying for. Even if it is a management position you will be expected to know quite a bit about the technical piece. The day went very well overall. I got to the last interview which was not scheduled. I was told it went well and felt the same way. Left feeling like an offer would come. Never heard from them again so it was very strange. I felt like I nailed most of the interview and knew the areas very well. I have no idea what else they could have been looking for. I would love to have understood what drove that decision.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about scenario's in terms of tests failing in production and how to handle it with lots of revenue on the line and also how to communicate to team and to senior executives about the issue.   1 Answer
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    Principal Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, OR) in April 2009.

    Interview

    It was an internal transfer. I knew several people on the hiring team, but I still had to go through a full interview process. I got grilled on both business and technical skills, as well as soft skills like communications and cross-group collaboration. When I got the job, I needed all those skills, so the broad range of questions was justified.

    Interview Questions

    • A programming question; something to do with calculating all the prime numbers between 0 and n.   1 Answer
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