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Atlassian Engineering Manager Interview Guide

Interview Guide Apr 22

The role of an Atlassian Engineering Manager

Atlassian Corporation Plc is a software firm based in Australia that creates tools for software developers, project managers, and other software development teams. Atlassian solutions are used by millions of people worldwide. The software facilitates development, management, communication, and code quality processes.

Engineering managers oversee several teams in the research and development of new products. They plan and coordinate engineering projects.

Their specialties include engineering economics, industrial, human resources, and financial management. 

Atlassian Engineering Manager Interview Guide

Role of an Engineering Manager at Atlassian

  • Design, implement, and refine product development, testing, and manufacturing processes.
  • Manage staff and assign tasks to engineers and technical personnel.
  • In charge of developing new goods, solutions, and procedures with teams
  • Oversee the logistics of the project along with the allocation of resources.
  • Strive to make processes and product designs more efficient and sustainable, and make efforts to reduce waste.
  • Secure the resources required for teams to excel, including researching and proposing capital investments.
  • Assist with the creation and oversight of project budgets and cost-cutting methods.
  • Advocate for team members by acquiring sufficient resources to ensure their success.
  • To impart non-technical stakeholders, such as investors and potential customers, the required technical knowledge through information sharing.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge in their field or industry.
  • Ascertain those processes adhere to quality and safety standards.
  • Collaborate with other department heads and team leaders.
  • Develop and maintain supplier and customer connections.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  • Having leadership experience
  • Experience of at least five years in the business as a Full-Stack or Back-End data engineer.
  • Building distributed infrastructure for a SaaS product experience
  • Knowledge of Agile and Scrum software development approaches
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Time management skills and ability to balance multiple initiatives
  • Fluency with programming languages for data processing, such as Python, C#, and Java, with the capacity to examine code and offer feedback
  • Understanding of SQL and ETL procedures
  • It is preferred if you have experience using AWS-based services (Glue, Redshift, Snowflake, S3, RDS, Kinesis).
  • Knowledge of data warehousing design principles and practices
  • Knowledge of data modeling, mapping, integration, and profiling tools
  • knowledge of distributed and remote teams

Atlassian Engineering Manager’s Salary

At Atlassian, Engineering Manager's salary generally ranges between INR 45,31,751 and INR 49,01,423.

 The Interview Process for Engineering Manager at Atlassian 

The interview process for the Atlassian Engineering Manager role consists of 3 stages:

  • Coding Interview
  • System Design interview
  • Hiring Manager Interview

Below is a detailed description of the interview process!

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Coding Round


This round consists of various questions related to coding expertise and problem-solving skills. It is divided into two sections:

  •  Data Structures
  •  Code Design

Interview Questions

  • Explain the difference between file structure and storage structure?
  •  Illustrate how linear data structures differ from non-linear data structures?
  •  How are linked lists more efficient than arrays?
  •  Explain the scenarios where you can use linked lists and arrays.
  •  What is the requirement for an object to be used as a key or value in HashMap?
  • What is the time complexity of basic operations to get() and put() in the HashMap class?

System Design Round


The System Design Interview allows you to present innovative ideas while tackling real-world engineering difficulties. It is a technical interview that will last 60 minutes. Your interviewer will ask a series of structured questions to see how you would approach problems at Atlassian.

What the interviewer will assess

The interviewer will try to gauge how you approach a problem—what questions would you ask? How would you talk through issues like reliability and cost? Who would you seek assistance from? Which technologies would you employ?

The System Design Interview round will assess your learning agility and ability to think on your feet.


There will most likely be several possible answers to the problem you will be solving. You will be asked to describe what you would do and why to draw on your previous experience and offer specific examples.

They may ask you to consider an alternative strategy. The interviewer will also observe how you adjust your thinking when they present a new trade-off.

Interview Questions

  • How is horizontal scaling different from vertical scaling?
  • What exactly do you mean by load balancing? What role does it play in system design?
  •  What do you understand about latency, throughput, and availability of a system?
  • What is caching? What are the various cache update strategies available in caching?
  • What are the different consistency patterns available in system design?
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Hiring Manager Round


This round is a 30–45-minute interview with the hiring manager. This section evaluates the overall engineering abilities, personality, team fit characteristics, and how you would lay down the tasks! Prepare to answer questions about your professional experiences. How do you work in groups? Your general manner and thought processes.

What the interviewer will assess

The interviewer will aim to determine how you can contribute value to the role and team. They will also understand your long-term career perspective and your growth at Atlassian.

Interview Questions

  •  Tell me about a time you couldn't meet the stakeholder's deadlines or expectations. What was their reaction? How did you respond?
  •  Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality varied from yours.
  •  Why Do You Want to Work Here?
  • Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.

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