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Amazon
Senior Program Manager was asked...24 March 2020

Why Amazon?

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It's no surprise that Amazon is the world's leading company in existence, with the highest profile & reputation bar none. I have always dreamt of being in a prestigious company as Amazon, as I know I have alot of to give in looking for thee most efficient ways to resolve any types of problems. I have extensive experience in the Customer care industry, & I can truly say that my life's passion is ensuring I can make people happy with the service I will provide. Less

Amazon has made an impact to the world by changing the way we do things- the way we shop, the way we read, accelerated pace in machine learning etc. I have seen Amazon consistently listed as one of the top places to work with one of the leadership principles Hire& Develop people, I would love to join your innovative team, continue to create great work, and grow within the company by learning new skills. Less

“I really believe the vision that making Amazon the Earth’s most customer-centric company more than anyone and I wanted to be a part of it on it’s pursuit which is the reason and motivation driving me to join Amazon.” Less

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Amazon

Tell me about a time when you had to leave a task unfinished.

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I don't care of time when my task is infront of me because when i leave it will be hard next time Less

do it the next day or assign it your colleague as a favor

It was a time in my previous company, which was a VAS company for mobile apps, where i joined as Delivery Manager. There i was given a project to create a mobile app for " Song Search". I was really excited to own the end to end delivery of the project. The product was to search the songs in app based upon Genre, artist, language, popularity and trending. In this app the user is asked to search the songs of their choice based upon above criteria. Being a enthusiastic DM, i asked development engg team to add Name tone search too and convey the same to Accounts team. It was few days before the final release, i was informed by engg team that DB is not taking the load of this feature rich app, so we need to sort out it ASAP. I called a last minute meeting with all the stakeholders and explained the issue, after brainstorming, we came to conclusion to launch the product with MVP solution and then add the more feature in later releases. With the help of development team, we tested the MVP product in Beta release and succeed. As a lesson learnt, i became more conscious of the actual requirement by asking more and more question in requirement gathering phase and work on MVP version first, followed by adding features in next phases. Less

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what was most innovative technical work you have done

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We have developed Virtual Music Instruments for A.R Rahman. These are musical bands worn to hand and these generate midi tones and sent over Air (two variants Bluetooth, UWB). A third variant is again demonstrated by A.R.Rahman in many concerts, with technology based on camera. All of these variants are used by A.R Rahman in various concerts. Less

We have developed Virtual Music Instruments for A.R Rahman. These are musical bands worn to hand and these generate midi tones and sent over Air (two variants Bluetooth, UWB). A third variant is again demonstrated by A.R.Rahman in many concerts, with technology based on camera. All of these variants are used by A.R Rahman in various concerts. Less

We have developed Virtual Music Instruments for A.R Rahman. These are musical bands worn to hand and these generate midi tones and sent over Air (two variants Bluetooth, UWB). A third variant is again demonstrated by A.R.Rahman in many concerts, with technology based on camera. All of these variants are used by A.R Rahman in various concerts. Less

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A vaguest ion that was asked in a very general way, but which the interviewer clearly had specific answers he was looking for: "what are four components that are included in every specification doc". That sounded a lot like a thing you would find at Microsoft and similar large companies where process is more strictly defined. I answered poorly, I think, perhaps because I haven't worked with that kind of spec in a very long time, and not on any projects that worked out well. Smaller orgs/programs/projects (startups and incubators, for example, where the outcome is always in flux, as I am accustomed to working with) can have poor specs, specs that are centered on marketing, planning documents that are made up of wireframes and time-based stage gates. In any case, I choked a bit, and the interview kind of skated around and became more specific as we went along. I don't think that is inappropriate, though, because Amazon does value and expect the ability to deal with ambiguity.

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"what are four components that are included in every specification doc" This question is insane, and I would hate getting an interviewer that asks such a question. Correct answer can be: "1. Title, 2. Author, 3. Requirements, 4. Version". If the title "requirements doc" is not there, maybe it is not a requirement doc. Specific sections are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_requirements_document Less

The toughest interviewer with the "4 components" question was a dev, in fact. The TPM screen was not so academic, more about challenges and solutions, philosophy, team fit, familiarity with the specific technology and business. That was definitely the screen that didn't go well, although he was wicked smart and wasn't just trying to mess with the candidate or anything. Less

What do you mean of Sepc ? If you mean a document which will be used for developing a feature of software i.e Use case sepc, user story, backlog item, It should contain at least following components : 1- Who is Actor / Role 2- What action will actor/role will take ? 3- Goal. Why actor do that ? what the software will provide for user. You may add acceptance criteria to the above list. Less

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Microsoft

Puzzle: 25 Horses, you can race 5 at a time and you have to identify top 3 in the lot.

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8 races

7 races

11 Races...

Microsoft

Describe a ideal/dream day at work, describe a time when you were and were not successful at driving feedback into the product group, do you think social media should be considered for gathering feature related feedback, have you ever been a feature PM in your past work experience.

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Every interview is different so many responses can fit. It often takes many interviews at Microsoft to find a fit. Less

Anwer will vary from person to person. Describe an ideal/dream day at work: For me ideal day and dream day is the day when I get some recognization for my work or got a bonus or co-worker told me how I made the positive impact in their life and that makes me happy. Describe a time when you were and were not successful at driving feedback into the product group: This issue commonly in a project where the sprint backlog is not successfully or clearly transpired to the scrum team. A miscommunication can lead to wrong product or sometimes developers cooperation also makes it easy or hard to have a successful driving feedback into the product. For me sometimes team internal arguments on how the product should be built etc made me not successfully drive feedback into the product and that lead to one high value item missed to impress the customer. Finding a good techno-functional team is crucial. Do you think social media should be considered for gathering feature related feedback? Yes absolutely. the primary reason Microsoft acquiring linkdin is to gather that feedback liaison with top C-Level folks to deliver the products or features. I have seen companies like salesforce constantly take feedback from its forums and implement those to their products. have you ever been a feature PM in your past work experience? Yes I have been a MVP Most valuable employee in my company. That for my both technical work as well as PM work not just PM work. Its very difficult for a PM to feature inside a technology company where they feel technical folks are their assets. Google / Facebook etc need people who are technically sound to be a PM however traditional companies like HP/IBM they separate those roles. A PM need to be strong in PM and a Developer needs to be strong in Technology. Both methods has advantages and disadvantages. Less

The key in generic questions like this, is to make sure to cover the fundamentals. There's usually a back-and-forth with the interviewer. Might be worth doing a mock interview with one of the Microsoft Senior Program Manager experts on Prepfully? Really helps to get some real-world practice and guidance. prepfully.com/practice-interviews Less

Microsoft

What would your advice be for junior product managers?

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Always know the 'Why' behind every feature (What) you set out to build and deliver. Knowing the Why sets you up with a vision and helps you see the best fit solution (How) much more clearly. And put you in the right mindset i.e. of the user for 'whom' you build the feature. Less

The key in these questions is to cover the fundamentals, and be ready for the back-and-forth with the interviewer. Might be worth doing a mock interview with one of the Microsoft or ex-Microsoft Senior Program Manager experts on Prepfully? They give real-world practice and guidance, which is pretty helpful. prepfully.com/practice-interviews Less

A junior Product manager is the owner of a specific product feature (Highest Value Item) working closely with the external business and internal team members to make sure the feature successfully implementing the High-Value Item. As mostly junior product managers are the new hire with a strong passion to excel in the technical and functional field the only piece of advise they need is to have good listening skills and improve on communication skills to work on the matrix type organization. Mostly Jr. product managers will be working in a matrix organization where communication plays an important role. Less

Microsoft

If we gave you locomotion to own as a program manager, what would you do?

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What do you think are the biggest challenges facing Microsoft HoloLens?

This is a tough question. I assume the question is "locomotion to own as a program manager" that means we gave you a train or bus or some type of locomotive to own what should you do as a PM. I would first ride the locomotion and see what issues it has. I will prioritize the high-value items and then will start working in Plan-Develop-Inspect-Adopt to implement the High Value Items. The high-value items could brakes not working well. Less

It's essential to demonstrate that you can really go deep... there are plenty of followup questions and (sometimes tangential) angles to explore. There's a lot of Senior Program Manager experts who've worked at Microsoft, who provide this sort of practice through mock interviews. There's a whole list of them curated on Prepfully. prepfully.com/practice-interviews Less

Microsoft

They asked about setting up a kiosk where a connection to a remote database was lost

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Never allowed the kiosk from being out of sync with the database. No orders even presented to user that could not be fullfilled Less

Question is about "set up kiosk when connection is lost", not "how to design kiosk to deal with connection lost event" Less

Kiosk losing connection to remote DB is not new it always happens due to various factors such as link down because of bad weather etc. The solution to this problem is to have a local memory or a personal db for each Kiosk that stores the information and try to sync with remote corporate db when the link is up. You see this type of issue common on big supercenters where cash register goes down because the POS computer can't make a remote connection to corporate db. People waiting in line are frustrated to have the items billed. The solution is possible if Kiosk vendors are willing to spend little extra for a robust application. Less

Uber

Showed a process map with TIP, dependencies and other info. Asked to reorganize the process and compute TIP.

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sorry, i commented in the wrong post :S

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whats a TIP?

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