Program Manager Intern
I'm applying for a Internship at microsoft this coming summer, and have the on-campus interview coming up in a few weeks for a Program Manager position. I know there have recently been a number of topics on this position in general, but I was just wondering if you have any tips or things to think about to prepare for the interview that haven't been mentioned. I was told what I need to work on most is thinking through design problems (how to build something for the blind etc . . . ). Do you have any advice on this or just any general tips? Thanks
#1 top tip: make sure when you're asked a design question, you spend some time delving into who the thing is going to be used for, and what the design constraints are, before you start talking about possible designs. And then keep in mind that all design is about tradeoffs and talk endlessly about tradeoffs... there's no One True Design, there are just better and worse tradeoffs.
Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before your interview. You are going to have to think a lot throughout your interview day. A rested and working mind is your best friend!
I second the good night's sleep. I had an 8 hour interview there. And after all that, "Everyone really liked you, but we think you need more experience. We'll be in touch in about a year." Uh....yeah...I'll be waiting by the phone for that call!
Not a Microsoftie!
Everything above is good advice. The most important thing is that you go in relaxed, since it will likely be a very challenging day. Go look around the campus the day before if you have time, it might relax your nerves. Think about dressing down a bit. The people wearing suits in building 19 didn't look terribly comfortable...
I was interviewed by Microsoft a while ago.
Whatever you do, if you get put in the Marriott Courtyard Bellevue, don't eat the eggs. I had them for breakfast the day before my interview, got food poisoning and threw up in a litter bin outside Building 19. Probably not the way to go about making yourself known. Doh!
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