Microsoft Project Manager Interview Questions

1/28/2011 No Comment

Project Manager Interview Questions asked in Microsoft.

Even though a candidate may apply for a managerial position, still he/she can expect a lot of aptitude questions in Microsoft.
  1. How does Microsoft as a Software company fit into your vision?
  2. Tell us what are some of the things that excite and motivate you for working with Microsoft?
  3. Tell us about your favorite Microsoft product and its main features? Do you think it is particularly well-designed for end users? 
  4. What is your least favorite Microsoft product and why. Can you suggest some features which you feel will help improve the product.
  5. Would you like to work in Microsoft product development? What technical skills you think you have that will fit in it?
  6. Have you appeared for Microsoft interview before ? If yes, tell us in brief how was your interview experience.
  7. Explain in detail along with examples of poorly designed software? 
  8. What are some examples of poorly/well-designed software? What makes the software this way and how would you change it?
  9. Tell me about a time when you made a decision and later found out that it was incorrect. What did you do to resolve the issue? Were you successful it ?
  10. Suppose you are one week away from the product shipping date and discover that there is a bug in your software. What are the measure you would take and were you successful?
These questions are mean for testing the IQ of the candidates. General background knowledge.
  1. How will you explain the concept of database to a young child and make him understand.
  2. How would you explain the functioning of the Internet to your grandparents
  3. Which is your favorite website? Why do you find it interesting, and what improvements you want in the website.
  4. You have noticed performance issues in your company website. Will you take steps for it or simply ignore ? 
  5. One day, Steve Jobs calls you up and asks you to improve the iPod/iPad. What suggestions would you offer to him?
  6. Explain in detail with an example of a great product design? What features would you expect in a great product ?
  7. Explain how will you design a coffee maker that will be used by astronauts in space. 
  8. How would you design a music system for your car. What are the features you would include? Illustrate with a picture.
  9. How would you design a GPS navigation unit for a hiker.What would be the special features you will include?
  10. Explain how will you design a remote control for an automatic window-blind system.
  11. How would you design an simple alarm clock. Explain the functioning of a clock with an algorithm.
  12. What are the important features would you include to design an alarm clock for a blind person. Illustrate with a picture.
  13. Design a simple search function and explain how it will perform. Which is the most efficient search function used is searching the websites ?
  14. You are asked to develop instant messaging system. What will be the new features you would like to include in it?
  15. Design an algorithm for car traffic control. Just take a two way intersection for it.
  16. You are asked to design a communication device for Canadian park rangers. How will you proceed and what kind of team you would require to design it?
  17. How would you describe what MATLAB to your grandmother who has just basic knowledge of computers?
  18. Design an algorithm which will be used for selecting objects in Microsoft Visio.
  19. What are steps you take to test a keyboard?
  20. Explain how would you test a coffee vending machine?
  21. Describe in brief how would you test an elevator? 
  22. Design an algorithm for lift-scheduling. 
  23. A hypothetical question, if you given the chance to remove any of the 50 states in USA, which state would it be and why would you go for it?
  24. Can you tell how many cars are there in the USA, and how many gets stolen in one year?
Some questions related to analytical thinking to help solve problems.
  1. There is a bear walking along a path. Now, the bear walks one mile south, then it turns left and walks one mile to the east and then it turns left again and walks one mile north and finally it arrives at its original position from where it started. Can you now tell what is the color of the bear?
  2. In your home, you have a closet that is full with shirts. It becomes very hard to find a shirt. So what would you do to organize your shirts in such a way that the retrieval would be fast and easy?
  3. You enter a big library. Tell us how would go about finding out to find a book in a library assuming that you don't know how the books are organized.
  4. The federal government has a requirement of keeping track of cars whether or not they are speeding. The part to determine this is already able to determine the speed of the vehicle, how would you design the rest of the system. Explain with a diagram.
  5. In a Wall Clock, how many times a day do the two hands on a clock overlap themselves. Explain mathematically?
  6. You are given 8 balls. Out of which one of them is found to be defective and it weighs less than others. Now, you are provided a balance to measure the balls against each other. In at most 2 weighing, how do you find the the one that is defective?
  7. There are 3 baskets. one of them have apples, one has oranges only and the other has mixture of apples and oranges. The labels on their baskets always lie. (i.e. if the label says oranges, you are sure that it doesn't have oranges only,it could be a mixture) The task is to pick one basket and pick only one fruit from it and then correctly label all the three baskets.
  8. You've got someone working for you for seven days and a gold bar to pay them. The gold bar is segmented into seven connected pieces. You must give them a piece of gold at the end of every day. If you are only allowed to make two breaks in the gold bar, how do you pay your worker?
  9. One train leaves Los Angeles at 15mph heading for New York. Another train leaves from New York at 20mph heading for Los Angeles on the same track. If a bird, flying at 25mph, leaves from Los Angeles at the same time as the train and flies back and forth between the two trains until they collide, how far will the bird have traveled?
  10. You have two jars, 50 red marbles and 50 blue marbles. A jar will be picked at random, and then a marble will be picked from the jar. Placing all of the marbles in the jars, how can you maximize the chances of a red marble being picked? What are the exact odds of getting a red marble using your scheme?
  11. Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror, facing it. Raise your left hand. Raise your right hand. Look at your reflection. When you raise your left hand your reflection raises what appears to be his right hand. But when you tilt your head up, your reflection does too, and does not appear to tilt his/her head down. Why is it that the mirror appears to reverse left and right, but not up and down?
  12. You have 5 jars of pills. Each pill weighs 10 gram, except for contaminated pills contained in one jar, where each pill weighs 9 gm. Given a scale, how could you tell which jar had the contaminated pills in just one measurement? Explain mathematically with a algorithm.
  13. Lets say that you had an infinite supply of water and a 5 quart and 3 quart pail, how would you measure exactly 4 quarts using these two?
  14. You have a bucket of jelly beans. Some are red, some are blue, and some green. With your eyes closed, pick out 2 of a like color. How many do you have to grab to be sure you have 2 of the same color.
  15. Lets take a scenario. There are four ants at four corners of a square of same/unit distance. At the same instant, all of them start running with unit speed towards the person in clockwise direction and will always run towards that target. How long does it take for them to meet and where do they meet?
  16. Why do mirrors reverse right and left instead of up and down? Can you explain it with a diagram?
  17. Given a rectangular (cuboid for the puritans) cake with a rectangular piece removed (any size or orientation), how would you cut the remainder of the cake into two equal halves with one straight cut of a knife?
  18. Which way should the key turn in a car door to unlock it? Why it is designed in such a way ?
In a typical Microsoft Project manager interview they look for different set of skills. Most of the time they look of candidates with good IQ, Strong technical knowledge and those having rational and questioning attitude Apart from that good leadership skills, a positive attitude, a keen interest and passion for technology are another qualities they look for in a candidate. Please use the comment section for answering.

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