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Updated 15 Nov, 2014
Updated 15 Nov, 2014
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Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2014.

Interview Details

Applied during a university career fair. Asked two questions: why Microsoft, why PM, and briefly discussed about a project on my resume.

Round 1: had a 20 min interview on university campus. 10 minute resume overview, then 10 min technical (pseudo-programming) question.

Round 2: after a month of delays because my email had been incorrectly entered in their system, I was flown in to Redmond for the last stage (1h interviews)
First interview was with a PM managing code shipment, during which we discussed my projects, and she asked me how I would improve an app (web/mobile) I liked.
Second interview was with a tech PM who asked me what part of the tech stack I'd prefer to work on, and asked me to design an algorithm that optimizes CPU performance.
Third interview was 1h30 (including lunch). After sharing personal life experiences over lunch we went over another project listed on my resume.
Fourth: interviewed with a senior PM. She asked me several design related question. 1 how would you go about demolishing a building on Microsoft's campus, 2. what product would you invent, and how would you use it, 3. what would you improve in airports user experience.

Interview Questions
  • If you could invent anything, what would it be? (unexpected). How would you improve UX in airports? (I had very little time to come up with my answer)   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    The questions were very straightforward. I got a few questions on wireframing apps and just my personal experiences on the resume. There were 2 different interviewers in total.

    Interview Questions
    • *Explain _technical term__ to a 5 year old.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    First interview in Toronto, Second in Seattle - included 4 rounds talking with different Program Managers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    2 technical questions and one design scenario question

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    pre screen on campus and then a day of interviews (5) in redmond

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed on campus. This is the first out of 2 interviews. It was one on one with a Microsoft employee.

    We sat down and she asked me some basic questions
    1. What is your favourite microsoft product. What would you change about it? What feature would you add to Microsoft
    2. Design your dream elevator
    3. What is a link list. Explain how you would implement it
    4. Reverse a string.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    There were 2 rounds of interview- one on campus and one in Redmond. The campus interview is very basic and the one in Redmond was oriented around design questions of everyday lifes.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was really unexpected. I think I should have been better prepared though. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    I've got the interview opportunities through campus recruiting. And there's a interview prep session and on campus interview. Be prepared for technical questions. They might not seem difficult but think outside the box.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was first asked some basic admin questions, one to prepare is: which level do you want to work on - UX, Application layer, OS or hardware (from high to low level) ? Then a question about threads & processes (detailed below) then a simple question asking me to write code to reverse the words of a sentence. So "the car is blue" -> "blue is car the". I explained that I was going to parse string into 4 word strings, push them onto a stack and pop them out in the right order, adding spaces where necessary.
    The whole thing lasted about 25mins, and I got through to the next round.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the difference between a process and a thread? What makes it possible to share data between two threads and how would you do it?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I just accepted the offer to the next round, which is tomorrow
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    30 minute interview.
    5-10 minutes per question.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not ask any technical questions. All design-based questions and beahvioural based questions:
      - Why do you want to be a PM.
      - Describe a time when you solved a technical problem.
      - What is your favourite IDE.
      - Design a new feature for your IDE.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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