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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated May 16, 2017
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Senior Program Manager Interview

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

Application

I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2015.

Interview

I went through a full day of interviews with the team, each lasting approx 1 hour. The questions ran the gamut of technical and business knowledge. At the end of it, I felt exhausted.

Interview Questions

  • How would you design and test a toaster?   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Intense day long process, start with the more junior interviewers and you work your way up to the most senior, you can be cut at anytime in the process as interviewers are emailing each other behind the scenes after they speak with you, I started at 9am and went until 6pm, if they let you go at lunch you know your out, but if you spend the whole day they is a pretty good chance you will get the offer

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly behavioral questions, working with others, how you would go about accomplishing things, mostly to see if you fit into their culture, the days of funny / trick questions are gone, good people, but if you ramble you will get cut-off, answers must be succinct, to the point   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Hyderabad (India)).

    Interview

    Multiple rounds of interviews with leaders from different groups. Each round is for about 45 mins to 1 hour. Each round will focus on one of the core skills. It was a good experience

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly related to the role and some situation related questions and some design related questions. The experience was very good.   Answer Question

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    1. Submit dozens (or maybe hundreds?) of applications over several months
    2. Contacted for phone screens for maybe 5 applications
    3. Two phone screens led to in-person interviews
    4. In-person interviews are most of a full day, meeting with 4-6 people for an hour each.
    5. They have one last interviewer held in reserve at the end of the day, not on your schedule. If the other interviewers judge you to be good enough, this "as appropriate" person (generally the most senior person, probably the final decision maker) will take time to interview you as well. If you don't meet with this "as appropriate" interviewer, you probably were judged to be not good enough to take time with & won't be getting the job. I imagine there are occasional instances where the "as appropriate" person has a last-minute conflict.

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate a little bit on the amount of stock included in the hiring incentives.


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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (London, England (UK)) in January 2008.

    Interview

    Phone interview
    Series of 1:1 interviews in one day
    Final 1:1 interviews

    Interview Questions

    • How would you work out how many queries on Bing are related to Music and Entertainment?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    Take it or leave it


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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in November 2016.

    Interview

    It's an on phone interview, 4 times on different sessions scheduled. Overall Interviews took 4 round, with 4 different interviewers, from different function and level. 2 x Technical, 2 x Theory / Concept

    Interview Questions

    • What is yours understanding of Intellectual Property ?   2 Answers

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    Two days across multiple Windows Core teams. Questions were based on previous questions or a spin on the original problem proposed. They provided feedback on my presentation approach and body language with regards to future interviewers. Although some information was for MS eyes only, they told me about the feedback. Some asked why I was going for PM and not Dev position.
    They actually followed my interview guidelines. No silly logic whiteboard problems but real world problems were to be used. They followed this guideline which did surprise me

    Interview Questions

    • Very technical and problem solving. They looked for solutions that worked not specific solutions   1 Answer
    • They asked about setting up a kiosk where a connection to a remote database was lost   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Yes and very easy. They made the MS argument that they are a benefits company and not just salary


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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    The interview process was streamlined. Referral through an existing Microsoft employee lead to a Microsoft recruiter reaching out on linked in. Followed by a phone screening interview and then an onsite interview loop which had 4 sessions. The onsite loop interview was getting more difficult as you pass one interview and move on to the next. The last interview session will only happen if all of your previous 3 interviewers gave you a recommendation to hire. The lunch interview is meant to be less formal, but have a healthy and hearty breakfast since you wouldn't be able to eat while the interviewer continues to ask questions.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    The recruiter asked me an expected salary upfront and my offer matched what I put down as my expectation so there was not any negotiation involved, however the offers are pretty competitive and seldom need negotiation in general.


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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I had a phone screen via Skype and then a whole day of interviewing with principal program managers. I received a lot of technical questions on payment processing from 4 principal program managers. The problem was that I lacked technical experience and the role was too senior for me, they said that I would be a good fit for the company though this position was not a good fit for my skill set.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Bellevue, WA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview with recruiter, 2nd phone interview with hiring manager, and then all day interview with multiple people in the team. End the day with hiring manager. If you get passed the first half, you have better chance.

    Interview Questions

    • Scenarios base questions and critical thinking, and team based questions and collaboration.   Answer Question

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