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# Manager Engineering Interview Questions

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### Software Engineering Manager at NetApp was asked...

Mar 19, 2009
 A IQ question: I have 9 coins and 8 have the same weight and the last one is heavier. I also have a balance beam to weigh the coins with. I can only use the balance beam 2 times to find the heavier coin. How do you find the heavier coin?4 AnswersDivide the coins into 3 piles of 3. Weigh the first 2 piles. If they balance then the heavier coin is in the 3rd pile otherwise its on the balance beam. Take the heavier pile and place 1 coin on each end of the beam. If they are equal then the heavier coin is the 3rd coin else it is on the beam.OMG... It says the last coin was heavier! FIND THE LAST COIN...duh!@ranee : The answer given is correct. If the heavier coin is in the 3rd pile , then take any two from them and weigh them . If they are equal , you can easily say the last coin is the heaviest , otherwise the heaviest coin is one of the two being weighed. If in the first go , you can get hold of the heavier pile , do the same procedure as above. You can easily find it by using the balance twice.Show More ResponsesThis is a very famous question asked by both google and facebook in their interviews.

May 21, 2010

### Engineering Manager at Xilinx was asked...

Mar 21, 2010
 How would you improve software design tools to make it easier for FPGA developers to realize their designs faster?2 AnswersOnce the P&R is completed, ( assuming the timing analyser is already running part of the flow), generate a timing report, at the very least say how fast the design is running after p & r - max clock frequency (s). Detailed timing report can have max frequency, slacks for all the timing constraints sorted (if there are timing constraints else use default constraints) ., you might want to even go further and do power analysis and provide power profile (with some assumptions to toggle rate etc.,) Most often, serious users will have timing constraints and will be interested if it is met or not, and if not what are the violations., some may expect desgin tips (where u run the risk of being criticized "if you can give tips why dont u do it for me !") anyways, i find this question pretty intriguing to ask an engineering manager level candidate.. unless it is a phone screening question.,To ananymous I think nowsdays FPGA design tools (including Xilinx's ISE) already have the ability to generate detailed timing/ power report after P & R. Am I right?

### Engineering Program Manager at Apple was asked...

Apr 24, 2010
 You have no extra time and no extra resources but is asked by the CEO to add 20 extra features, what do you do?3 Answers1) I would first evaluate the current demand and see what other non-critical items can be dropped to address this. 2) Drop everything and do what your CEO tells youFirst, I will try to figure out how important these 20 extra features, whether some or all of them are 'must have', 'should have','could have' or 'nice to have'. I would totally rule out any 'could have' or 'nice to have'. A project/program manager must have courage and conviction to say 'no'. If some or all of those features are 'must have' or 'should have', then I will see what features in current project/program can be dropped in favor of the new features. use creative project/program planning or use overtime as much as possible without adding extra risk. If none of the above is true, then extra resources or time must be negotiated. Through analysis of the situation and clear communication is key to achieve this objective.It's always about trade offs. Add the 20 requested features to the list - then sit with stakeholders (marketing, engineering, etc) and sort the list by priority and by ease of implementation. Customer must haves should come first and these hopefully were articulated when the core product was conceived and started. Include in the list the level of completion of the features. Completed ones are done, move them below the line. Review the remaining - which can be completed in remaining time with available resources and which have to be dropped. Be the strong project manager and present to management. If the company only wants yes persons with no critical thinking skills, you probably don't want the job anyway.

### Manager of Web Engineering at AutoNation was asked...

Jun 28, 2010
 How do would you handle a totally demoralized team and bring them back?3 AnswersIt all depends on the individuals and why they are demoralized.Give them team tasks that are acheivable and review the performance.Meet with them as a group, and work towards a "reset"; a break from tomorrow being exactly the same as yesterday. Schedule meetings with each team member individually. Ask their concerns. Learn, individually, why they're demoralized. Give them a path forward that avoids or mitigates some of the negatives. Be absolutely realistic; don't stretch the truth or lie, but give them an honest path to where they'd rather be. In parallel, likely ramp up hiring, as you're not often getting through that with the entire team intact.

### Applications Engineering Manager at Analog Devices was asked...

Oct 7, 2013
 What can be improved in op amps to further increase their performance?2 AnswersTechnology to lower input referred noise, while expanding bandwidth, lowering power.As the unity gain is important for good performance we give emphasis to proper compensation so, if its not present internally like in THS4011 then we provide it externally

Aug 12, 2013

### Engineering Manager at Danaher was asked...

Aug 8, 2014
 It wasn't difficult, and although not unexpected as I was notified I would need to complete it, but the psychological evaluation. I was not informed of the results of my psych eval, however, I am under the impression it plays a huge role in securing a managerial role.1 AnswerIt is a psych eval, be yourself, you either have what they are looking for, or you don't.

### Process Engineering Manager at Chiquita Brands was asked...

Mar 15, 2014
 What book or literature has had biggest impact on your professional existence?1 AnswerInterviewer gave own examples, Jim Collins "how the mighty fall", about stagnation versus growth

### Process Engineering Manager at Chiquita Brands was asked...

Mar 15, 2014
 What will you do to fill the gap between what you have done and this new business?1 AnswerEarly 2014, now is an opportunity to have huge impact onto new company culture and processes
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