Technical Program Manager Interview Course

Nail Technical Program Manager interviews at FAANG and Tier-1 Tech Companies
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Course designed and taught by instructors from FAANG & Tier-1 Tech Companies

Manoj Krishnan

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Adrián Fernández

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Qiuping Xu.

Principal Data Scientist
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Technical Program Management Course Curriculum

This is what you'll learn in our Technical Program Management career path!

  • 15 Mock Interviews
  • 6-Month Support Period

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Technical Program Management course and curriculum

System Design
3 weeks
3 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

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.
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

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.
Technical Program Management
6 weeks
6 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

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.
1

Program Planning

  • FAANG TPM competencies: What to expect in a TPM interview at FAANG+ companies? Company-specific aspects. 
  • Define goals and success metrics for a company envisioning a world free from video ads. Apply SMART and STAR framework. Interesting follow-up questions and mini-mocks.
  • Prepare a program for expanding technology to a region without access to the internet: Defining its scope, aligning with stakeholders, and adapting to changes in scope. 
  • Learn to give concise and complete answers to challenging situational questions such as: Talk about an instance when your team missed a deadline. How did you react? What was the result?
  • Learn to think, act, and articulate like a seasoned TPM while answering questions on past projects.
  • Questions on risk management: Identifying, quantifying, managing, and mitigating various types of risks using some standard methods like The Delphi technique, SWOT analysis, etc.
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Handling ambiguity in a project.
  • Aligning requirements with stakeholders.
  • Quantifying and mitigating risks in projects.
2

Program Execution

  • Questions on working with leadership: How to influence and drive forward your program? 
  • How to deal with conflicts as a TPM? (A frequently asked question in FAANG interviews).
  • How and when to prioritize activities based on significant parameters using Stack ranking, MoSCoW, relative weighting, Kano method, etc. 
  • Understanding various Product Development Processes (Including CI/CD).
  • How to respond to changes (regulations, scope creep, changing budgets)?
  • Challenging case studies: You’re leading the development of an app to identify individual users on a shared device within a family. Market testing found that the app is unable to distinguish between users that are identical twins. How would you determine if the market testing results will delay the launch or not?
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Analyzing peer and stakeholder suggestions and their relevance in current projects.
  • Handling an unexpected event or emergency in the project flow.
  • Dealing with major changes in ongoing program launch/projects.
3

Program Monitoring & Reporting

  • What is the importance of communication in programs? Learn about various communication strategies.
  • How to come up with/choose the right metrics and dashboards to monitor projects/programs? 
  • What are Leadership and Ownership in a project? When and how to escalate? Demonstrate these concepts in an interview setting.
  • Post-launch iterations to make enhancements, troubleshoot, and remediate product defects.
  • What are technical, leadership, and program management deliverables? Relevant interview questions and frameworks to answer them.
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Handling risk for not meeting a critical deadline.
  • Re-prioritizing short-term strategy and gain for the long-term.
  • Addressing questions and defining debugging strategies for drops in key metrics. 
4

Behavioral — Introducing Frameworks

  • TPM behavioral interview in FAANG+ companies: Overview of the interview process and similarities/differences between different companies and roles. 
  • What level and role are you interviewing for? How will expectations change? (L5 TPM vs. L6 TPM)
  • How is a behavioral interview scored? How to bring out the best in your answers to match these scores?
  • Introducing answering frameworks (STAR, PAR, and more) with Live interview answers from instructors in the form of mini-mocks in class.
  • Identify role-specific traits and fit them into your own experiences. 
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Tell me about a project that you are proud of.
  • Managing stakeholder expectations and deriving value from them.
  • Tackling challenges with cross-functional or external partners.
  • Dealing with delay in project delivery timelines and adjustment strategies. 
5

Behavioral — Motivation and Core Values

  • Frame your answers to target the 3 WHYs: Why this company? Why now? Why this role? 
  • Companies’ Core Values: FAANG+ companies’ core values, connecting to interview practice questions and strategies to inherit these in your interview responses.
  • Learn to link your experiences to company core values: Strategies for presenting the good, the bad, and the ugly in an honest and professional light.
  • Simulated interview situations: How to navigate in the right direction in case of a mistake and reframing the answer into a good solution.
  • Present conflict resolution and collaboration experiences. Answering techniques for interview questions on these aspects. 
  • How to express motivation for joining a target company as a TPM. Templates for these common FAANG interview questions. 
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Using customer feedback to drive innovation.
  • Responding immediately to a situation and discerning facts and key issues.
  • Achieving a great outcome with extra effort than required.
  • Setting specific targets to improve critical areas.
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Behavioral — Cross-Functional Cooperation

  • Structuring interviews: Learn what companies are looking for in different interview settings along with how an interview is scored.
  • Surfacing Stories: Best practices for communicating work experiences in FAANG interviews. Practice framing answers with an instructor in the live class along with peer feedback.
  • Discussion around leadership experience and team-level aspects in behavioral interviews and what companies look for in leaders. 
  • Questions on presenting cross-functional requirements and management experience. Detailed class discussion and live feedback from FAANG instructors.
  • Comprehensive coverage of FAANG interview question patterns such as:
  • Delivering projects with insufficient budget and/or resources.
  • Managing extra help on a project.
  • Keeping cross-functional team members accountable.
  • Dealing with an underperforming team member and work impact.
Relevant Technical Domain Course
4-6 weeks
4-6 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

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.
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
Career Coaching
3 weeks
3 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

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.
1

Interview Preparation

Interview Questions
Placement assistance
Behavioral Coaching
2

Resume & LinkedIn Masterclass

3

Salary Negotiation Masterclass

Support Period
6 months
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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.
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15 mock interviews

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Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests

3

1:1 technical/career coaching

4

Interview strategy and salary negotiation support


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Best Suited for

  • Current or Former Product/Program Managers
  • Program Managers/Product Managers looking to transition into Technical Program Manager roles

Technical Program Manager Interview Process at Tier-1 Companies

We prepare you for all stages of a typical Technical Program Manager interview process at FAANG and Tier-1 companies

Initial Screening

  • 2-3 Rounds on Program Management skills (Hard):
    Program management, metrics, planning and execution, hypothetical, and situational process design questions.
  • 1 Round on Soft Skills (Behavioral):
    Evaluating leadership and collaboration skills required to lead cross-functional teams, such as conflict management, delivering results, etc.

Technical round

  • System design principles/scenarios: Discussion on common structures used in Agile projects (e.g., epics, stories, themes), the difference between Kanban and Scrum, etc.
  • Basic software domain familiarity

Behavioral Round

  • Questions related to your job experience
  • Discussions on past projects
  • Open-ended questions to gauge if you're a "good fit"
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Experienced engineers enrolled

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Years of successful training in Silicon Valley

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Highest number of offers received by an alum

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Avg years of experience of our alumni

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