Program Management interview questions and answers compilation

Om Spark recently revived their old but gold posts on program management interviews. 

Linked List for Program Manager Interviews

by Urmila Singhal | Sep 22, 2013 | Program Management

The fondest memories of a child are the different birthday parties and the games/activities during that day. As a child on my birthday, I was introduced to a type of scavenger hunt where an initial clue was given to you. As you solved each clue, you found a gift and a...

Array Data Structures for Program Manager Interview

by Urmila Singhal | Sep 15, 2013 | Program Management

Everything I do or study, I would like to be able to explain to my 8 or 6 year old children. While dusting my bookshelf, I found an old book that spoke about different data structures in a lot of detail including code snippets from the 90’s. As I read through it, it...

Interview for a program manager series

by Urmila Singhal | Feb 6, 2013 | Program Management

Compilation of how to interview for a technical program manager: Interviewing to become a Program Manager from a different role: Introduction to what are the skills needed to become a Program Manager –...

Architectural and Algorithmic design questions – Interviewing for a program manager Part 6

by Urmila Singhal | Jan 6, 2013 | Program Management

Most folks either have a depth of knowledge in an area or a breath of knowledge in a couple of areas. For example, if you are working on the fraud detection of your product, you will have in-depth knowledge of what is fraud, what are the rules to detect fraud, how do...

Abstract Design Questions Approach – Interviewing for a program manager Part 5

by Urmila Singhal | Dec 6, 2012 | Program Management

Late in the evening, I was clearing my emails on my home computer. My 7 year old son Shivam came to me and asked “Mama, what is cancer”. My face turned pale for a few seconds before I regained my attention and focus. Usually, any question posed by him including crazy...

Approaching design questions in an interview – Interviewing for a program manager Part 4

by Urmila Singhal | Nov 29, 2012 | Program Management

Design questions (also known as thinking questions) in an interview are very interesting. People have a love-hate relationship with it. If you are an interviewer or an experienced interviewee, you love the design questions. Else, you might not be too fond of it. The...

Communication with your grandma and the technical architect at the same time – Interviewing for a program manager Part 3

by Urmila Singhal | Nov 21, 2012 | Program Management

I was 8 months pregnant with Meera and was approaching different General Manager’s across Microsoft about one of my ideas that I thought had a lot of potential to be part of the product. I was in awe to be meeting Randy Granovetter who was one of the initial founders...

Is project management like parenting? – Interviewing for a program manager Part 2

by Urmila Singhal | Nov 15, 2012 | Program Management

As a little girl, my dad gave me total freedom. I was allowed to make all my decisions in life, choose my friends, and choose what I become when I grow up.  Most of the friends I knew, their parents would decide their friends, the profession they chose and all major...

Interviewing to become a Program Manager from a different role

by Urmila Singhal | Nov 8, 2012 | Program Management

In the past couple of weeks, I have met many friends who have thought or wanted to move to Program Management (from a different role). This thought has always brought a shine in my eye and awakened my passion of why I moved to Program Management. In my previous life,...