Are you preparing for an interview to become a technical program manager (TPM) for Amazon? It’s a career with a ton of responsibilities, so it’s very wise that you want to learn all you can about the interview process.
The interview process of a technical program manager is in three phases: The recruiter screening, the phone interview, and the onsite interview rounds. All phases question you about your leadership, technical capabilities, and adaptability.
Keep reading to learn more about what your future interviewers are looking for in a TPM.
As a TPM, you’re following a technical object or online service from its idea stage to its development, to its launch and you work closely with the engineers of the tech item or program until it is successfully launched.
A TPM, particularly for Amazon, is responsible for…
Depending on how much technical experience you have, you may be more responsible for the business aspects of the production or you’ll be a big part of the actual development process. Because this role is so often deep in the technology itself, preferable candidates for this position are former software engineers.
The three phases of the interview process are all made up of individual interviews and screening. Each phase will have you asked specific questions.
This part is about half an hour long and focus on questions that evaluate your relevant previous experience in electronics, management, teamwork, what you’ve accomplished in the past, and what kind of work you do best.
Be prepared for questions such as:
The second phase is a phone call with the hiring manager that lasts for one hour. It has three 20min. parts testing your management skills, your technical skills, and your leadership skills.
Examples of interview questions might be about:
The last, phase has you onsite Amazon headquarters where you are interviewed by the leaders of various teams in Amazon for one hour EACH. You’ll be asked questions about Amazon’s leadership principles and your technical experience again.
Potential interview questions could be:
As you can see, this is a pretty important position. It’s an intimidating evaluation process to look at, but so long as you are confident in your abilities, brush up on technical principles, and practice how you want to answer interview questions and types like those above, you’ll already be steps ahead of your competition.
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