EM unable to clear interviews - help!

New AEDa05
Apr 18, 2019 13 Comments

This may be an unusual ask coming from an Engineering Manager who is supposed to know their stuff. I have been an EM at a large ($120B+) software company (using a temp account) for 5 years now and recently started exploring EM / Sr. EM opportunities at a few companies, including some of the FAANG.

I feel I have been doing well in all rounds, but clearly there's something amiss as I have been getting rejected everywhere. To be clear, I have been outright rejected only once. In all other cases, I was offered different teams / roles (first level Mgr / IC) from what I interviewed for.

Interviewed at Amazon, Dropbox, Uber, Autodesk. Two more biggies coming up, and I am feeling hopeless.

I am pretty sure it's my behavioral rounds and not the technical ones that are hurting me.

What could I be doing wrong? Are there mock interviews for Managers like for engineers?


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Ack
    If you’re getting offered different roles, it’s because you didn’t meet the bar of the role you’re applying for.
    Apr 18, 2019 0
  • eBay haxah
    Working at eBay I felt pretty hopeless after having a bunch of rejections. I took a lot of notes after each interview and studied my weaknesses to improve. I finally got two offers from really good companies and it is really hard to decide.
    Apr 18, 2019 5
    • eBay haxah
      They were all really hard, some I enjoyed a lot. I learned a ton during the process. It wasn’t a dev role so no LC, but they were technical
      Apr 19, 2019
    • Microsoft
      fern vbv


      Google, Amazon, Facebook
      fern vbv more
      As in, what were the questions like? System design ?
      Apr 19, 2019
  • Flipkart NeedMoreTC
    Just a question.
    At your current company, can you list down the typical daily routine and time-table of any of the engineers you manage? Or can you tell all the tasks that any of your engineers did yesterday along with the time duration of each task?
    Apr 18, 2019 2
    • Cerner :-\
      Sounds like the guy likes to keep a tab on the Engineers and micromanage.

      How will above information help OP? Specifically all task any of Engineers did, along with duration
      Apr 19, 2019
    • Flipkart NeedMoreTC
      Micromanagers don't generally know that they micromanage. The first step to solving any problem is to identify it, and answering the above questions will help in identifying it. Ideally a good manager should not be able to answer these questions.
      Apr 19, 2019
  • Morgan Stanley ninja007
    I’ll address the situation for interviewing for Sr.EM and being down leveled to EM.

    EM - manages Engineers and the dev team
    Sr. EM - manages managers and potentially a small product team as well (depending on the org)

    So Sr.EMs tend to be single facet owners for a product - again depending on the company

    The major differences tend to be around people management (which a lot of dev managers aren’t good with ) , hiring strategy and track record, building teams etc.

    Another thing is if your management/leadership is scalable or can you only run one team yourself ? This is the most important distinction for the 2. And also relevant experience.

    Happy to help. DM for more if you need.
    Apr 19, 2019 0
  • Oracle / Mgmt aiabc
    How was your experience at Dropbox ? Will be good to get some insights
    Apr 18, 2019 0
  • Yahoo / Product VOui62
    Karma biting back?
    Apr 18, 2019 0


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