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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 17, 2017
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Senior Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in August 2015.

Interview

Very slow to set up, had 7 people in the interview loop all asking the same questions about prioritization and how to mitigate. Performed initial phone screen with an individual then came in and had one hour 1:1's with 6 other individuals that were part of the same team.

Interview Questions

  • How would you mitigate having 2 immediate deliverable's.   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    There are about 5 interviews, and each asked slightly different questions. The recruiter started the day with introduction, and closed with next steps. It is an on-sight interview, after the initial screening from recruiter and a technical one.

    Interview Questions

    • There are self-introductions, which is to start the interview. Then, question about how to manage schedule slip and how to interact with others. There are general questions such as what are the most difficult project and what would you change if you do it again etc.   Answer Question

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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 Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    2 phone interviews. 5 onsite interviews. The whole process took 1 month. Microsoft is very efficient with their recruiting process and they kept me informed throughout. All the people I met knew their stuff and had an interesting conversation with them. They were friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • We are a world class team with each member best in their area. What do you bring to the table that is world class?h   Answer Question

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    phone call, follow up in person to fly out, met with managers at different locations, did not meet with actual manager that would manage me which was weird. Very quick response after interview but a very very long time between that follow up and the actual offer due to the background verification, this can take up to 2 to 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • situational questions from job verification (not difficult but expect them)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation possible


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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 3 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    Hiring at MSFT is fair, well-organized, and it extracts what we need to know from potential new-hires. It may seem grueling to the candidates, but we get about 6 hrs to determine if you are awesome and can help us move the needle.

    Interview Questions

    • In 2005, I didn't know much about replicated systems and how to upgrade a server farm, but now this seems to be common knowledge.   Answer Question

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in May 2014.

    Interview

    I was contacted about a job opening by someone I knew in the company. I uploaded my resume for the position, and a few weeks later was contacted by HR to be screened, and invited in to be interviewed. One of the interviews was conducted via Skype, but the others were in-person. The interviewing was thoughtful, and questions included my skills knowledge to fulfill the technical aspect of the role, strategic thinking, innovation and creativity, and questions that would indicate how well I might fit into the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Not a difficult question nor unexpected, but I was asked what was the highest level executive to which I had ever presented.   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. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Fairly rigorous, but expected for a tech company. 6-7 interviewers not counting the phone screening by recruiters. Interview lasts all day and if you get the 6th or 7th interview, it means you made it to the "as appropriate" and your chances are good. Some interviewers tend to come across as arrogant and try to make you feel inferior; avoid those teams and give the recruiters that feedback. I called it quits on one interview loop after meeting an extremely arrogant and egotistical interviewer who frankly stated he was far better than anyone on that team.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you gain consensus?   Answer Question
    • What are the processes for delivering a project?   1 Answer
    • How do you build a backlog?   1 Answer
    • How do you design a service/system?   1 Answer
    • How do you manage your devs?   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Microsoft (Cambridge, MA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Travel and accommodation arranged by friendly, professional staff. Whole day interview to talk to 6 people. Topics covers both project/program management and domain knowledge (speech, NLP, dialog). It was nice experience


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