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Microsoft Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Sep 21, 2017
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Program Manager Interview

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

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2015.

Interview

The interview process began with a screening interview on my college campus. Most questions were designed to gauge your product sense and make sure you had the right CS experience. The second stage was a series of 5 interviews on-site. The first one was a behavioral interview with a very senior person. Interviews 2, 3 and 4 were product questions. The last interview was a long conversation on what it's like to be a PM. All interviewers were very warm people and the questions they had selected were quite fun!

Interview Questions

  • Some behavioral questions, and a lot of product questions on Microsoft's products. You don't need to know in advance the in and outs of every Microsoft product but it helps to get a PM mindset beforehand. I prepared mostly with "Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews" by Lewis Lin. I found the book very helpful with lots of practice questions and template answers.   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Overall the process was very smooth, the lobby was filled with things to keep you busy such as an Xbox one, 3D Printer, a massive touch-screen TV and many more. I did not receive any technical questions. Majority of the questions, if not all, were scenario-based (What would you do in this situation type of questions). I've had about 5-6 interviews which lasted all day, ended up receiving a call the next day with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • (After explaining their system's process, end to end) How would you streamline our process in terms of automation?   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    First phone call for about 1 hr. Then in person interviews , total of 5 interviews in person each was about 1 hr. No whiteboard questions. Interviewers were friendly and helpful, they provided hints/suggestions to make progress and overall very good experience.
    Results were communicated quickly within few days.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were related to typical PM job, tracking features/resources, resolving conflicts, how to prioritize/cut/add features or make product decisions.   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    A lot of behavioral questions with a mix of product strategy questions. There were no directly technical questions but understanding a lot of full-stack and security concepts comes in handy. They are really trying to see how you think.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you make the Amazon checkout process easier without compromising security?   1 Answer

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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Had an on campus interview that lasted about 25 mins. Asked me about the different between BFS and DFS and also a creative question about HoloLens. I received an email 2 months later (ugh) that I would continue to the next round. I had a super day in Redmond which consisted of one technical interview (difficult but i managed), one interview where I described a project i had worked on, one design interview and lunch with that employee where he asked me some behavioral questions, then lastly a fit interview where i was allowed to ask some questions. I did a lot of preparation so I felt pretty confident about my performance, only thing was I fumbled on the technical coding question a bit.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a home alarm system for a blind person.   Answer Question
    • Given a grid labeled a-z then aa-zz then aaa-zzz and so on on the x axis, with the same labeling on the y axis, what would be the coordinates of the 2360th square given that its y coordinate is ab?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you worked with a difficult group member.   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    5 rounds with technical and pm questions. I was asked to come the next day to meet a senior director. I was questioned about what my interests were and why was I applying for Microsoft and for the PM role.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a file sharing system.
      Design a airport ticket booking system.   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Philadelphia, PA) in November 2015.

    Interview

    I dropped my resume at an info session in September 2015, then had an on campus interview through my university in November. 30 minute interview, part behavioral, part technical. A lot more technical than I expected, and I couldn't do the coding part. There was a design question, a creative/tech question, and a coding question. I couldn't do the coding question because I'm not a computer programmer, so the interview seemed to be cut short.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you explain the internet to someone who doesn't use technology/understand it?   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    The interview was on-campus, and I expected a mix of technical and behavioral questions. What ended up happening was that the software engineer who interviewed me started quizzing me almost immediately about how to improve Bing search, which was a little out of one's comfort zone. For another friend's PM interview, he was asked to code instead. Expect to get any type of questions, as interviews vary from individual to individual.

    Interview Questions

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    I met the recruiter at the career fair and told him I was interested in the PM role for the summer. He took my resume and I was reached out to within a few weeks. After the interview they got back to me about the decision within 2 weeks. Not formal attire. Started with what I thought the role was and how I could best fit it. Delved a bit into my resume before technical question. Interviewer was kinda quirky.

    Interview Questions

    • Disney is trying to make their movies available to the public, you're the lead with all resources, what is your pitch?   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2015.

    Interview

    45 min phone / on campus screen (depending on if you're a college hire)
    3-5 back to back interviews. everyone has 3 interviews. the 4th and 5th are as appropriate. first 4 interviews are product design based, the 5th one is with a higher up PM and that's just more gauging fit.

    Interview Questions

    • - tell me about a product you like, how can you improve it, why
      - design for me a tablet that will be at every seat in a stadium of a football game
      - explain the PM position to someone that doesn't get it
      - 3 step design problem, but basically design for me a tablet that will be used in taxi cabs. You decide the features, scenarios, and users. and then storyboard from there.
      - design a tablet thats sole purpose is to play sudoku
      - now tell me how you would implement the sudoku logic software in the tablet
      - now write out UML diagrams for the classes of the sudoku game   Answer Question

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