Microsoft Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated 26 Mar 2015
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Program Manager Interview

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Application

I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

Applied through employee referral. The interview was face-to-face. The interviewer started by asking about my past experience. Then, most of the discussion was around designing an engine to predict the outcome of a certain cricket match. I started well but then got a bit nervous and messed it up. It was only after I got out that I realized where I'd gone wrong. Got a negative reply within a day. The overall experience was quite pleasant.

Interview Questions

  • Design an engine to predict the outcome of a certain cricket match.   Answer Question

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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād).

    Interview

    Very Tough and there were 9 rounds of interviews for this position. One stage without confidence may disqualify you. Be confident in your words and place your resume in accordance with the applied position.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    not so great

    Interview Questions

    • given a chance to join apple, Microsoft where do u join?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    nothing

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    - Analytical section
    - Communication section
    - Experience
    - Behavorial

    Interview Questions

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I received a call from HR and first interview was schedule in 3 weeks time frame after the CV was referred.
    It was one Face to Face interview. It was through and then I was called for next round of interviews after 2 more weeks. Three people interviewed independently(each 45min) and after third person I was asked to leave.

    Good:
    1. HR mails were very detailed
    2. Great office and buildings.
    3. Receiving was good by people.

    Not Good:
    1. HR: Very slow in closing the positions. We need to follow up.
    2. Techincal interview:
         - Interview process: Not even a single management question asked even though the interview was for a manager. The interview was same as for freshers. There was no question asked from the past experiences. I was wondering what was the value add from experience. Question on binary trees.
       - The complete interview was puzzles and puzzles even though they named it as problem solving! Expectation was to give the answer which the interviewer was thinking!. It is fine to have puzzles part of the interview but not to have only those.
      - Interviewers were not prepared. They didn't even go through the CV nor had time to listen. They were busy with there stuff.
     - There was no relation between the Interviews and the job description/profile. Even a junior engineer interviews for senior profiles.
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    I came to know from HR that same interview pattern is applied to any one in development, test, management. People move from one teams to other , one role to other !!

    Advice:
    1. Prepare like a fresher.
    2. Go through the puzzles.
    3. Be prepared for wrong/incomplete questions.
    4. Give answers which interviewer is thinking !!

    Interview Questions

    • Find if a B-tree is a balanced or not   1 Answer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in April 2012.

    Interview

    In the phone interview, the interviewer asked one question - how to design a contacts app for cell phone.
    We talked on that for 30 minutes and then said good byes.

    Interview Questions

    • how to design a cell phone contacts app?   2 Answers
    • discuss various existing apps and tell what features will make our app stand out.   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in January 2012.

    Interview

    1 telephonic interview followed by 4-5 rounds of 1:1 interview in Company premises. Mostly design questions asked in each of the interviews. Some interviewers also asked mathematical question and very basic programming question. Rest of the interview was resume based.

    Interview Questions

    • Consider a lift lobby where people are waiting for the lift. Now when lift arrives people get in irrespective of who came first. Thus, the person who came first keeps waiting and others keep getting in. Design a lift system which can solve the problem of this person.   11 Answers
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Design an online restaurant table booking system
    Design an online backup system
    Design a system to give internet browsing experience to a user even he/she is offline

    Interview Questions

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in November 2010.

    Interview

    Telephonic interview , face to face interview, one hands on round

    Interview Questions

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād) in October 2010.

    Interview

    From the very beginning the interview was mostly around problem solving capabilities be it around designing solutions for retail or some complex puzzle or algorithm. I underwent 5 rounds of interviews that lasted almost full day including breaks.

    Interview Questions

    • I did not know about Program Management role and the hiring manager could not fully articulate it. I realised, if hiring manager is having such a hard time explaining, it must be a challenging role.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much of negotiation. I moved from US and didn't know the local market in India therefore just accepted the position.

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