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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Oct 26, 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 in Hyderabad (India)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Hyderabad (India)) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Three rounds all F2F on campus. First round went well. Rest of the two rounds dealt with the questions I listed below. Product Design was the major focus for these interviews. Now what exactly they meant by product design is confusing because it is not the standard checklist that is discussed as part of product design questions when you prepare for it.

    Interview Questions

    • - Design a health related productivity tool for Age > 45 yrs   1 Answer
    • Come up with an architecture for a fail safe system that protects your office against all sorts of malware, virus, earthquakes etc. sort of attacks and failures - Data redundancy, backups, operational guidelines, firewalls, RAID etc. all passe. What can you do? How will you model this?   1 Answer
    • All employee related leave management, employee reimbursements etc. are all managed through sharepoint. How can you ensure that you will support field staff with the same website/workflow? (on further probing these are the clarifications I received)
      - Whenever I make changes to my sharepoint workflows then the same should get reflected in my app?!
      - How would you ensure that the same sharepoint application works or works with minimal changes for the mobile use-case?   1 Answer
    • Design a note-taking application (one-note) for mobile phones   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Multiple rounds of interview (6 in total). Last interview will be with what's called an 'As App' (As Appropriate). If you make it to this last person, the chances of you receiving an offer is high.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of situational/behavioral questions.
      Technical questions around what is outlined in resume.   Answer Question

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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   2 Answers

    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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