Microsoft Marketing Director Interview Questions

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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Eight calls over six weeks with recruiter and hiring manager. One day of interviews with six people in Redmond. Offer made same day.

    Interview Questions
    • None - to be honest despite a large number of people the questions were straightforward   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated salary up a little and stock up a little. NOTE - decline the relocation - tax implications are so bad and fees are so padded you are actually better off paying for it yourself.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Director of Product Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was an internal interview process.
    6 Different stakeholders particiapting in it

    Interview Questions
    • As a manager who you will hire in your new position?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Nothing.
    Remmember that lateral moves in MS don't imply any level or salary improvement, only the posibility
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Microsoft is very thorough and has a lot of hiring experience. They added over 50,000 employees in 2000-2010, and even though recently they have had lay-offs they are still hiring. I found the process to be pretty straight-forward and clear. They are, of course, a big company. So sometimes the communication can break down. For example, recruiters are reassigned due to re-orgs and applications get dropped. This is normal, you just have to stay on top of it. You need to bring your A-game into the interviews and be very prepared, knowing all the details about the group and company. Even if you think you've done your homework, keep going. You've probably not uncovered all the minute details that affect your interviewer.

    Overall, a great company with a solid recruiting team.

    Interview Questions
    • You've recently joined a business group that is struggling to deliver an online service. The product team says everything looks good and doesn't know why the service is failing. You have two weeks to figure it out. What do you do?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    Process was very straightforward with them scheduling a series of 6 one hour interviews. Each interviewer drilled into a particular topic and is was clear that the earlier interviewers were giving the later ones areas to probe.

    After the interview, the process of getting to an offer took a couple weeks. They had another candidate they preferred and did keep me hanging while they tried to close this person first.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would you want this job when it is in an area where Microsoft has a poor track record of success?   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    Straightforward and unexpectedly easy. 4 interviewers with one "as appropriate" at the end. All packed into one day. I received my offer the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing stands out as difficult . . . typical questions included what failures have you had, examples of dealing with complexity and ambiguity, scenario-based questions, strengths and development areas. Best question was "what do you stand for?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, I was able to secure much more stock than originally offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    First round is with 3 individuals who can then vote 'no' and then no further interviews are conducted.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had to sell a new TV model to the world, what is your market size by geography? To determine this #, I had to know the approximate population of the world in each region (Asia, North America, Europe, India, etc). I barely could recall the population of the world at that time! (I've since committed it to memory) ;-)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    The gateway is usually a recruiter then the hiring manager. Afterwards there is a loop with 4-5 people. Each usually has a different role in the evaluation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I took what they gave me. It was above and beyond what I'd ever earned.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Director Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in August 2007.

    Interview Details

    This was an internal interview. It is totally up to the candidate to source jobs, get interviews, follow up, etc. HR is totally useless for moving around internally and there really isn't any internal recruiting support. External candidates get more support interviewing at MS than internal ones do unless you happen to have a good manager who takes an interest in your career (few do). .

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Decided to leave the company instead

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director of Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Very casual. There were no "pre-determined" interview questions. I don't believe anyone I met with had an agenda and depending on the individual, we spoke like a) friends b) co-workers or c) business partners. I communicated with the recruiter, then had phone interviews with a couple folks on the team, went into the office to meet about 5 individuals and was presented the offer the same day I went in. All together, about a one week process.

    Negotiation Details
    Do not negotiate - I mean, this is Microsoft. Maybe you can negotiate things like work schedule or your office location, but don't even try with salary. Unless you are a VP. My advice would be to be very picky with your manager and your team when deciding to take an offer. They will make/break your ability to be happy at microsoft.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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