• Mariane Bekker

10 Common Interview Questions for Engineering Managers

Updated: Apr 27

Engineering management questions mostly focus on how you work cross-functionally with other departments and how you motivate and level up your engineering team. Here are some behavioral questions that are commonly asked in interviews. For each of the questions below, I suggest you prepare one to two scenarios in advance so you're not caught off guard during the interview.

  1. Describe a time you promoted an engineer. What mentorship did you provide? Why did you promote them?

  2. Describe a time where you had to manage an underperforming engineer. How did you provide feedback?

  3. Describe a time where you had to manage a conflict between 2 or more engineers on your team.

  4. Tell me about the most impactful projects you led and the technical tradeoffs you made.

  5. Describe a time where you had to resolve conflicts between product and the engineering teams.

  6. Describe a time where you disagreed with your manager and the outcome.

  7. Tell me a time where your project was running behind. How did you get it back on track? How did you communicate this to other teams and upper management?

  8. Describe a time where you had to make a difficult decision.

  9. Tell me about a time where you had a disagreement with one of your direct report and the outcome.

  10. Tell me about a time where you made a mistake in the past year. What did you learn from it and how would approach it differently in the future?

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