Evan got an offer as a Technical program manager at Meta

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Name Evan F
New Position Technical program manager IC3 at Meta
Location New York City, NY (USA)
Date of Offer April 2022
Coaching Sessions 3

What most excites you about your new job?

I'm excited about learning how to lead teams and projects at a fast paced company.

Where were you previously?

I was a student at Rutgers Business School.

What was your preparation strategy?

I spent 2-3 hours a day preparing, over the course of 2 weeks. First, I watched videos and read articles online about system design. Then I did practice questions (ie "design YouTube" etc) and watched sample answers online. After doing 1-2 of these each day, I set up 3 tutor sessions to make sure my answers made sense for the interview. After they confirmed I was giving good answers, I did some more studying right before the interview.

What was the hardest part of the whole interview process?

The hardest part was studying for the system design interview, since I did not learn most of the concepts before. Since there are many topics, it helped to study a broad number of them.

Did any of the interview questions stand out?

Although I was interviewing for an Infra TPM position, the interviewer asked how I might launch a product from a marketing perspective. Although I did not expect this, I was able to give a good answer based on what I had previously shown to him during the interview.

Do you have any final tips for other candidates?

Communication is a key part of the interview. Make sure you can clearly tell them what is going on in your mind. I suggest enumerating responses. Another good way to structure a response is by grouping: first talk about all the APIs, then all the databases, etc. Additionally, for university grad roles, it helped to be able to talk about a broad number of topics without studying too deeply. The interviewer seemed to appreciate that I knew different solutions, but never asked me incredibly technical questions. That being said, you should have a good understanding of some core principles.

What coaches would you recommend working with?

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Anka M.
Technical program manager
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Manager of PMs
Product manager
Data science manager
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John J. can’t be booked for the next 4 weeks. We recommend looking for another coach.

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