Engineering Manager COURSE
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Nail the Engineering Manager Interview

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Learn with Engineering Managers from FAANG and Tier-1 tech companies. The course covers every interview aspect, from scalable systems to leadership, making it one of the most in-demand engineering manager courses.

Engineering Managers!
Get interview-ready with lessons from FAANG+ EMs
Master key EM interview question categories
Sharpen your coding, system design, and behavioral skills
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Students who chose to uplevel with IK got placed at

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Ajay Eppili
Sr. Engineering Manager
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Senior Software Engineering Manager 
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Sujay Ghosh
Software Development Manager
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Ajay Pathak
Technical Lead
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Abhishek Gupta
Technical Program Manager
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Kishore Periassamy
Software Development Engineer
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Srini K
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13,500+
Tech professionals trained
$1.267M
Highest offer received by an IK alum
53%
Average salary hike received by alums in 2021
Best suited for
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Current or Ex Directors of Engineering
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Developers with team management experience
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This course is not suited for engineers with no management experience and Individual Contributors

Why choose this course?

Comprehensive Curriculum

Program designed by FAANG+ leads

Covering data structures, algorithms, system design, interview-relevant topics, and career coaching
Rigorous Mock Interviews

Individualized teaching and 1:1 help

Technical coaching, homework assistance, solutions discussion, and individual session
Plenty of 1 x 1 Help

Mock interviews with Silicon Valley engineers

Live interview practice in real-life simulated environments with FAANG and top-tier interviewers
Career Skills Development

Personalized feedback

Constructive, structured, and actionable insights for improved interview performance
Salary Negotiation

Career skills development

Resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, personal branding, and live behavioral workshops
Salary Negotiation

100% Money-Back Guarantee*

If you do well in our course but still don't land a domain-relevant job within the post-program support period, we'll refund 100% of the tuition you paid for the course.*

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Meet your instructors

Our highly experienced instructors are active hiring managers and employees at FAANG+ companies and know exactly what it takes to ace tech and managerial interviews.
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Sreeram Murkuri

Director - Business Planning
20+ years experience
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Omkar Deshpande

Head of Curriculum
15+ years experience
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Wolfgang Kandek

SVP Site Reliability Engineering
15+ years experience
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Nick Camilleri

Head of Career Skills Devp. and Coaching
10+ years experience
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A typical week at Interview Kickstart

This is how we make your interview prep structured and organized. Our learners spend 10-12 hours each week on this course.

Thu

Foundational content
Get high-quality videos and course material for next week’s topics
Covers fundamentals, interview-relevant topics, and case studies
Assignment test and review/Leadership Workshop
Attend 3-hour leadership workshops with FAANG hiring managers following a group discussion pattern
1-hour timed test/assignments covering essential interview questions on the current week's topics
Attend 1-hour review sessions that provide solutions and feedback on the current week's test/assignments

Sun

Attend Online live sessions/Leadership Workshop
Attend 3-hour leadership workshops with FAANG hiring managers following a group discussion pattern
Classes are interactive and case-based. All live sessions exhaustively cover various question patterns and solution methodologies
Each class has mini mock interviews with live feedback with a Tier-1 tech instructor

Mon-Wed

Practice problems & case studies
Apply the concepts taught in live sessions to solve assignment questions
In class, discuss case studies' solutions and practice answering frameworks
Live doubt-solving with FAANG+ EM instructors

Every day

1:1 access to instructors
Personalized coaching from FAANG+ EM instructors
Individualized and detailed attention to your questions
Solution walkthroughs
Learn about different types of EM roles and their responsibilities
Receive guidance on transitioning into an EM role
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Engineering Manager Course details and curriculum

System Design
3 weeks
3 live classes
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Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
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Batch Processing Systems

Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews
3

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.
Careers Workshop
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2 weeks
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2 live classes
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Uplevel your professional branding, including Linkedin profile and resume

2

Learn interview strategies and salary negotiation techniques

3

Get well-researched market compensation data

4

Identify and prioritize your requirements in terms of roles

5

Discover roles best suited to your profile

Leadership Workshop
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2 weeks
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4 live classes
We help you master a set of question patterns and ensure that you are able to map them to one of our solution methodologies: STAR, Ice Breakers, and Philosophical methodologies. 
Sessions on question patterns to understand what interviewers are looking for when they ask questions falling under the listed categories:
1

Project Experience

Tell me about a project you led from ideation to launch.
2

Motivations and Values

How do the company’s values and ideals align with yours?
3

Leadership Profile

Tell me about the biggest team you’ve built or overseen.
4

Ice Breakers

Tell me about yourself.
5

Personal Growth

How do you stay updated and educated on industry trends?
6

Conflict Resolution

How do you get people to agree with your point of view?
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Execution and Planning

How do you deal with situations where your team is falling behind deadline?
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Cross-Functional Skills

Tell me about a time when your team’s goal was not aligned with another team with whom they were working.
Data Structures and Algorithms
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5 weeks
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5 live classes
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Sorting

Common Sorting Algorithms like Quick Sort, Merge Sort, Heap Sort, etc. and related common coding interview questions
2

Recursion

Recursion, Permutation & Combination, and Backtracking concepts in-depth and related coding interview questions
3

Trees

Binary Trees, N-ary Trees, Binary Search Trees, Trees Traversals, and related coding interview questions
4

Graphs

Graph representation, BFS, DFS, Topological Sorting, and related coding interview questions
5

Dynamic Programming

Memorization, Tabulation, and DP concepts in-depth, common coding interview questions
Relevant Technical Domain Course
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4-6 weeks
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4-6 live classes
Candidates can choose from:
  • Data Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science
  • Front-end
  • Back-end
  • Full-stack
  • Test Engineering
  • SRE
  • Cloud
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Security
  • Embedded Software
Support Period
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10 months
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Career+Technical coaching, where you can interact with peers and instructors

2

21 Mock interviews (domain-specific mocks would also be provided based on availability)

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Domain-specific training

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Professional branding

5

Offer and salary negotiation

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Practice and track progress on UpLevel

UpLevel will be your all-in-one learning platform to get you FAANG-ready, with 10,000+ interview questions, timed tests, videos, mock interviews suite, and more.
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Get upto 21 mock interviews with                      hiring managers

What makes our mock Interviews the best:

Hiring managers from Tier-1 companies like Meta 

Learn with the best. No one will prepare you better!

Domain-specific Interviews

Practice for your target domain

Detailed personalized feedback

Identify and work on your improvement areas

Transparent, non-anonymous interviews

Get the most realistic experience possible

Career impact

Our engineers land high-paying and rewarding offers from the biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, and Netflix.
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Amol Kanitkar

Senior Engineering Manager
Placed at:
meta blue
After a few unsuccessful attempts, at a couple of FAANG companies, I realized that I needed some help in building a structured approach towards preparing for interviews, specifically for the technical rounds.
Overall, I would recommend this course for anyone who is serious about preparing for technical interviews. 
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Rahul Cherekar

Senior Technical Program Manager
Placed at:
amazon
The curriculum is planned very well and covers all the basics of programming, algorithms, and system design. Omkar's foundational videos are especially world-class and provide a good foundation before the live problem-solving sessions. Also, technical and career coaching are available during the support period, which is a good value-add. Overall, very satisfied with the program and the learning.
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Abhishek Gupta

Technical Program Manager
Placed at:
meta blue
This course is very helpful for anyone who is looking for deep technical knowledge for System Design interviews. The Instructors are very knowledgeable and covered all Technical topics in detail."
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Srini K

Software Development Manager (SDM)
Placed at:
amazon
IK course boosted my confidence significantly and got a couple of offers at FAANG companies in just 4 months. The course is very rigorous and well-structured, with a lot of support throughout the journey, in terms of mock interviews for Technical and Leadership and Behavioral rounds, foundational videos, online classes and practice sessions, technical and career coaching, and offer negotiations. 
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A Free Guide to Kickstart Your Engineering Manager Career at FAANG+

From the interview process and career path to interview questions and salary details — learn everything you need to know about Engineering Manager careers at top tech companies.
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What to Expect at Engineering Manager Interviews

At EM interviews, you’re typically evaluated on three main areas - coding, systems design, and leadership. To give you a clearer idea of what to expect, we’ve elaborated the interview process for EMs at FAANG+ companies.
​​The interview process at FAANG and other Tier 1 Companies :
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Initial Recruiter Phone Screening
The recruiter will typically make sure candidate is who they say they are and confirm mutual fit with a few basic behavioral questions. They will ask questions that cover the basic expectations of the role and share a bit about the interview process.
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Technical Phone Screen
This will generally be a technical round focusing on data structures and algorithms.
  • Expect open-ended questions that require you to ask clarifying questions/ to challenge your assumptions before jumping into solving. The interview wants to see the candidate accurately define the problem statement and requirements.
  • From here the candidate should be able to explain their thought process algorithmically, implement workable code (fix any mistakes or bugs), optimize, test, and discuss their solutions (answering any clarifying questions).
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Onsite: 5-6 Rounds:
1-2 Coding rounds: The focus will be on conceptual understanding rather than memorization, and the candidate will need to be really strong in at least 1 language - preferably C++, Java, Python, Go, or C.
  • The candidate will be expected to a whiteboard or type their code into a shared tool without syntactic support or autocomplete beforehand.
  • The interviewer will typically ask conceptual questions as well, so candidates should be comfortable with APIs, OOP, testing best practices, and thinking through edge cases.
  • Generally, 1 hour to solve 2 problems
2 System Design rounds: The system design rounds hold a heavier weightage than the coding rounds for many top companies.
  • The questions will typically focus on existing products that are commonly seen around the internet (ie “How would you design Twitter’s feed?”)
2 Behavioral/ Leadership rounds: Candidates will be asked about their past experience managing people, projects, as well as their ability to grow and develop strong teams. There are many ways a candidate’s leadership can be assessed, but generally competitive companies will look into the following patterns:
  • Ability to build, develop, and retain teams
  • Ability to manage projects, timelines, and ambiguous/ complex situations
  • The ability to quickly and accurately assess situations to drive results
  • Competence to build culture and provide balance and guidance
Each of these rounds lasts about 45-60 minutes, and the cumulative score across all rounds is considered while making a hiring decision.

Engineering Management Interview Questions

At Engineering Manager interviews, the focus is more on systems design and leadership interviews. This doesn’t discount the importance of coding interviews though, as your screening round will involve solving a problem or two around core data structures and algorithms. 
To be able to answer Engineering Manager interview questions at technical interviews, it is important to direct your approach in a coordinated manner, focusing on every section that is important.
Your EM prep strategy should focus on three main areas:
  • Engineering Manager interview questions on coding
  • Engineering Manager interview questions on systems design
  • Engineering Manager interview questions on behavioral and leadership skills
Let’s look at some Engineering Manager interview questions in each of these categories.
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Engineering Manager Interview Questions on Coding
For a given rotated array that is sorted, write a program code to find a particular element in the array. 
Write a program to check if a binary tree is a valid binary search tree. 
Write a program to find if the permutation of a string (given) is a palindrome or not. 
Write an error-free program to check if a given binary tree is balanced or not. 
You are provided with a string in the form of a sentence. Write a program to display the characters of the string in reverse order.
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Engineering Manager Interview Questions on Scalable Systems Design
What are the security aspects to consider while building an e-commerce application?
How would you go about designing a proximity server?
Explain how you’d go about designing a chatbot service that provides users with notifications while also allowing them to interact with the AI unit?
How would you design a platform like Uber?
How would you go about setting up security for multiple servers?
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Engineering Manager Interview Questions on Behavioral and Leadership Skills
Tell us about the most challenging project you worked on.
Tell us about a time when you had to make a big decision for a crucial client project.
Tell us about a time when you disagreed with your superior.
Tell us about a conflict you had at your workplace.
What, according to you, are important aspects of maintaining productivity at the workplace?
To understand the various types of Engineering Manager interview questions asked at top companies, don’t forget to read:
If you want to know how to effectively answer engineering manager interview questions at top companies, check out our piece on how to answer Engineering Manager Interview Questions at FAANG+ Companies.

Engineering Manager Career

Before you sign up for any role, it’s crucial to understand what you’re signing up for and the expectations from that role. A Google Engineering Manager interview preparation would differ from Facebook Engineering Manager interview preparation and Technical Program Manager interview preparation for other tier-1 companies.
Still, there’s a common theme of expectations from a Engineering Manager.
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Engineering Manager Job Requirements: Roles and Responsibilities
If you’re looking for Engineering Manager jobs at top companies, it is first important to understand the roles and responsibilities of engineering managers. As such, the competition for engineering manager jobs is extremely stiff, so adopting a foolproof prep strategy is crucial. 
From planning technical projects and resource allocation to execution, monitoring, cross-team coordination, and risk management, Engineering Managers perform a wide range of tasks. Let’s take a quick look at the roles and responsibilities of Engineering Managers. 
Visualize and plan high-impact technical projects
Lead systems design discussions and write product or system development code to solve ambiguous problems
Review code developed by other engineers and provide feedback to ensure best practices
Allocate resources and impart technical training
Coordinate with multiple teams in case of cross-functional projects
Mitigate and manage risks
Monitor project performance at various levels and create detailed project reports
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Career Roadmap for an Engineering Manager
The Engineering Manager career roadmap begins with starting off your career as a software engineer. At most FAANG companies, you automatically become an EM at L5. Levels L5 and L6 are designated EM levels. EM roles at most FAANG companies require you to have at least eight years of experience.

Engineering Manager Salary and Levels at FAANG

Engineering Managers are often paid lucrative salaries at big companies. Senior software engineers who reach specific band levels by virtue of their experience and skill usually end up being designated as Engineering Managers. 
The average software Engineering Manager’s salary in the US is around $162k per annum. Software engineering manager salaries at companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple are usually upwards of $350k per annum and include a wide array of benefits.
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Facebook Engineering Manager Salary
Software engineering manager salaries at Facebook are anywhere between $587k to $940k per annum.
This includes annual average base pay of around $255k, a cash bonus of $69k, and stock options of $293k. The total average annual salary of EMs at Facebook is around $262k.
Engineering Manager at Facebook
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
M1
$587K
$235K
$298K
$54K
M2
$940K
$275K
$589K
$83K
amazon
Amazon Engineering Manager Salary
Salaries of Engineering Managers at Amazon range from $138k to $235k per annum.
The annual average software engineering manager salary at Amazon is around $173k, which includes an average base pay of $172k annually, a cash bonus of $198k, and stock options of up to $125 on average.
Engineering Manager at Amazon
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
L5 SDM
$280K
$160K
$89K
$36K
L6 SDM
$370K
$171K
$168K
$42K
L7 Senoir SDM
$579K
$172K
$347K
$74K
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Apple Engineering Manager Salary
The annual average software engineering manager salary at Apple is around $243k.
This includes an annual base pay average of $221,293, an average cash bonus of $35k, and stock options that go up to $168k on average.
Engineering Manager at Apple
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
ICT4
$359K
$198K
$139K
$22K
ICT5
$478K
$223K
$225K
$30K
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Netflix Engineering Manager Salary
Engineering Managers at Netflix are offered the highest salaries when compared to other FAANG companies.
The average software Engineering Manager’s salary at Netflix is around $315k annually. This figure is inclusive of cash bonuses and stock options.
Engineering Manager at Netflix
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
Sr. SW. Engineer
$305K
$275K
$14K
$13K
google
Google Engineering Manager Salary
Software engineering manager salaries at Google are typically between $188k and $386k per annum, depending on the band level and experience.
The average annual software engineering manager salary at Google is around $256k. This includes average base pay of around $240k, a cash bonus of $53k, and stock options of up to $212k.
Engineering Manager at Google
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
L5 Manager
$356K
$194K
$130K
$31K
L6 Manager
$491K
$226K
$214K
$52K
L7 Senior Manager
$686K
$270K
$334K
$81K
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