Program Managers are responsible for setting goals and coordinating independencies for these goals, thereby playing a key role in the growth story of a product offering, service, or business process. Amazon hires talented Program Managers who can work cross-functionally, foresee and manage risks, allocate resources effectively, and build innovative strategies for the success of a project.
As such, Amazon has several teams that employ PMs either as Program Managers or Technical Program Managers. While Program Managers deal with the e-commerce non-technical side of the business, TPMs deal with the technical aspects of the company’s products/services.
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In this article, we’ll look at some Amazon Program Manager interview questions. We’ll also look at what exactly a Program Manager does and the interview process.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
Amazon hires multiple Program Managers to help manage the functioning of various teams. Below is the broad scope of the main responsibilities of Program managers:
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The interview process for Program managers consists of 4 main rounds. They include:
The Recruiter Screen: Our interview process starts with being contacted by a recruiter from Amazon. The aim of this round is to give recruiters an understanding of whether your experience and skills match the requirements of the role. You can also be asked a couple of behavioral questions in this round, mostly those about why you wish to work at Amazon, what challenges you faced in your previous organization, etc.
The Writing Assignment: This round is unique to Program Managers and Product Managers. You’ll be given a topic on Product Management that’s closely associated with your role. Questions can be around how you tracked and understood metrics and situation-based experiences pertaining to design, product, etc., in the realm of program management. You’ll most likely be asked to write a 2-page essay on the topic, with recruiters mainly evaluating your thought process and overall expertise in the field.
The On-Site Round: The On-site round consists of a program management round, a behavioral round, and a Bar-raiser round.
In the program manager round, recruiters will ask you questions on the following categories:
In the behavioral round, questions will be about past projects, workplace situations, work-life balance, team management, etc.
The final On-site round is the Bar-Raiser round, where you are evaluated on Amazon’s 14 leadership principles. Each of these rounds has equal weightage in Program Manager interviews.
Questions asked in Amazon’s Program Manager interview are broadly based under the following categories:
Behavioral questions test your responses to workplace situations and your ability to handle tough environments at work.
To see more behavioral questions and get tips on how to answer them, read this article on commonly asked Amazon Behavioral Interview Questions.
For questions specific to Amazon’s Leadership Principles, a crucial aspect that features in Program Manager interviews, check out these Amazon Leadership Principles Interview Questions. You’ll also find useful tips to answer these questions effectively.
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