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Microsoft Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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Toronto, ON

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – *Explain _technical term__ to a 5 year old.   View Answer

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – Nothing was really unexpected. I think I should have been better prepared though. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

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

Interview Question – Develop a new technology which uses Big Data.   Answer Question

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I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – Design your dream elevator   View Answers (2)

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Interview Details 2 technical questions and one design scenario question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

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

Interview Question – design a locker system in a subway   Answer Question

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Toronto, ON

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – Programming questions   Answer Question

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Toronto, ON

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.

Interview Details 30 minute interview.
5-10 minutes per question.

Interview Question – 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.
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Montreal, QC

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2011.

Interview Details Impress recruiter to ge thte intevirew . Have a good cv that you can tak about. They are looking for a lot of personal projects and work outside fo school. Don't just focus on what you've accomplished at school

Interview Question – tell me abouta conflict that you've dealt with   Answer Question

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Montreal, QC

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – 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

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