Problem Patterns

Let’s review what kind of questions are asked in the management interview.

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In the management interview, your interviewer is trying to assess if you have experience with management problem-solving and how well you solved those problems. These are not engineering problems, of course. Some sample problems that cover most engineering management areas are:

  1. Hiring a team member
  2. Firing a team member
  3. Handling a poor performer
  4. Handling a situation where something went wrong (missing a deadline)
  5. Handling conflict
  6. Project management
  7. Cross-functional communication (with the product, UX, QA, and other engineering teams)
  8. Organization design and reorganization
  9. Organizational change management
  10. Performance management
  11. Challenging the status quo

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