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Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

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.

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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Mountain View, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • How do you persuade difficult people?   1 Answer
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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • List every product Microsoft makes.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in June 2011.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    • Give you a scenario and ask you to come up with a solution.   1 Answer
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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (San Francisco, CA) in May 2010.

    Interview

    great hiring people. super efficient.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    very easy

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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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

    Always answer yes to being able to relocate.

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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

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

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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Moscow (Russia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Moscow (Russia)) in April 2011.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Very professional and constructive.

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    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2007.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    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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