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Microsoft Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 21, 2014
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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Actively recruited by Microsoft before public posting of job req. Discussed position with very friendly talent sourcing professional. Waited one month for next communication. Contacted by HR consultant. Scheduled tech screening for following week. Pushed out another week due to schedule conflict. Then scheduled "finals" which is an all-day f2f interview loop in a local Microsoft office. Long day with repeating questions. I was contacted the next week that I was not selected.

Interview Question – none really. most were behavior questions.   Answer Question


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Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

Interview Details – Phone screen followed by phone tech review - fairly easy. Flew me into Mountain View campus for 6 hours, interviewed with other ATSs - 2, 45 minutes, then interviewed with 2 account managers. All interviews 1:1 and 45 minutes in length.

My resume is more of a marketing document not a chronically history of my career (22 years), so interviewers got a bit stuck with trying to connect the dots. I would have rather had all interviewers at once instead of rehashing the same topic - my history.

They asked why do I want to work for MSFT since my own consulting company is so successful. I stated I wanted to have a greater impact on society. They asked the same question again and again which gave me the impression they were not making an impact on society nor happy with their role. Who knows.

Lunch provided. Some travel expenses paid. Had 90 minute break between interviews which sucked. Hard to carry interest after sitting in a room alone for 90 minutes. Two positions where open, maybe three. After not getting the job I was told that they are only going to fill one o f the positions and the person given the offer had more sales experience which is fine. My background is more technical / solution architect and the role appears more like hand holding enterprise clients then designing or even project management. Seemed like a shallow role.

PS: LinkedIn was highly leveraged by both myself and the interviewing team.

Interview Question – How do you persuade difficult people?   View Answer


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)
Redmond, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Interview is generally an all day loop, consisting of the hiring manager, an account manager, and a technical panel. For anyone to be hired, it has to be a unanimous agreement. Any single veto means a no-hire. The hiring manager will want to be sure you have what it takes to survive in a large company and be a team player in a highly competitive environment. The Account Manager(s) will want to know your customer relationship skill are spectacular. The technical panel will grill you, find out what you know, and eventually what you don't know. Prepare by learning what each product is/does, but also know that no one knows everything, and it's ok to say "I don't know" - pretending to know looks much worse.

Interview Question – List every product Microsoft makes.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Hiring is generally done through recruiters, and the recruiter presents the offer. I declined the first one stating based on Seattle's cost-of-living, it would be a paycut. The recruited called back the next day with an offer of 10% more, and I accepted.


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San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in May 2010.

Interview Details – great hiring people. super efficient.

Interview Question – how much does 747 weigh   View Answer

Negotiation Details – very easy


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)
Redmond, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2011.

Interview Details – standard process. HR recruiter screen. hiring manager screen. 4-6 people interview loop

Interview Question – Give you a scenario and ask you to come up with a solution.   View Answer


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Very difficult...if you don't know something state you do not know it but you will get back to them with answers. Also be confident but not cocky.

Interview Question – How are you going to bring in additional revenue when management cuts your NET price by 30% but doesn't give you a 30% reduction in quota?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Always answer yes to being able to relocate.


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Starts with a phone interview by a member of HR Recruiting. If you pass this screening, your resume is passed on to the hiring manager who may also conduct a phone interview. You are then invited to a "finals day" where you will go through 3-5 interviews with various roles (managers, sales pro's, others in role). Interviewees are rated on technical readiiness, experience, communications/presentation skills, ethics, and professionalism.

Interview Question – Varies. Interviewers will drill down into skills/knowledge depth until they identify areas of weakness. Once "depth" is reached, they will attempt to determine if you admit you're at depth or try to fake your way through it.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Salary is somewhat negotiable, but typically the offers are fairly firm.


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS)
Moscow (Russia)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2011.

Interview Details – Fast targeted in-depth interview with experience review, presentation skills, competencies asessment. 4-5 step process from recruiter to hiring manager and +1.

Interview Question – What you expect from your job at this company?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very professional and constructive.


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Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

Account Technology Specialist (ATS)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2007.

Interview Details – Phone Interview with a recruiter on general background, skills, work experience based on submitted resume. Technical screening on the phone with a ATS which works in the work group you applied to work in. Once you are invited to in-person interviews, you will interview with the people you will be working directly with as peers - Account Managers and Technology Specialist - and the the manager for the work group.

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Negotiation Details – Recruiter talked about your current salary and benefits. When a role is listed to fill withing the company there is typically a pay grade already associated with the role which can have a several thousand dollar range. Based upon your experience, the pay grade of the role you are interview for, and your current sallary and benefits you will be given an offer. Once an offer was made I was not successful in negotiating an increase in the offer. Make sure you roll all your salary and benefits and perks in your current role and tell them the entire amount when the recruiter asks. Also tell the recruiter the range of pay you are looking for up front in the phne interview.

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