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Microsoft Marketing Manager Interview Questions

Updated Dec 11, 2014
Updated Dec 11, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Industry Market Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial 40 minute telephone interview with Microsoft Recruiter followed a few days later by 50 minutes telephone interview with Hiring Manager. Face-to-face interview a week later with hands-on person with deep practical knowledge of the job responsibilities. All three interviews were managed very efficiently, with excellent communication about what I should expect during the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss the government regulations applicable to customers and resulting opportunities for Microsoft.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    - Applied online
    - Contacted by recruiter via email
    - Phone interview (Recruiter) to filter out candidates
    - Recruiter scheduled a series of in-person interviews with six people
    - Six in-person interviews scheduled, with the last two being the hiring manager and the General Manager
    - After my final interview, the recruiter contacted me and said I received a "thumbs up" from all of the interviewers

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most ambiguous situation you've experienced on the job? How were you able to find a resolution? (Didn't find the questions tough. I actually went in prepared for a "how to move a mountain" type question)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Channel Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was a transfer internally so, my hiring process was pretty straight forward. The roles I had once I got into Microsoft were pretty much created for me. This was one of the advantages of working in a growing area.

    Interview Questions
    • In general, the most difficult questions for Marketers at Microsoft center around being able to clearly explain both a success and a failure, as well as being able to problem-solve real time. Many times there's a problem proposed that will be either very specific to the role, or more generic. Successful candidates will "show their work" in terms of how to lay out a proposed fix or campaign to resolve the issue presented.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation phase was straightforward and felt like both sides were able to get what they want. Managers do not have a lot of leeway in IC roles in terms of salary but they always have a few $$$ left for candidates they really want.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Event Marketing Manager 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 September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter was pleasant though communications were delayed.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Great set-up and follow-up. I went through three 1-hour long interviews and then a 2 hour long interview with a GM. Interviewers were professional, personal, interested and asked good questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly we talked through my experiences and resume.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated a $5K bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Very typical MS interview loop. Each interviewer has assigned questions. The more people you meet, the better, since the loop works like a set of hurdles. If you miss a hurdle, you get an early lunch.

    Interview Questions
    • What startup would you build if you could?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Tools Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Received unsolicited call from a Microsoft recruiter who saw my profile on Linked In. Scheduled conversation for two days later. I spent that time reading up on the job description and trying to learn as much as possible about what the position will actually do. Microsoft has its own language; the job descriptions are very company-centric and written using a lot of insider jargon.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think would be the hardest part of the job?   View Answer
    • Most of the rest of the questions were about my resume and how I could translate my non-tech sector experience to the needs of Microsoft.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Okay, but it comes down to your internal review score, if you are a internal hire. You do better coming from outside the company.

    Interview Questions
    • 1.) Diagram the consumerization of IT in the cloud, and what can we do to protect information in the cloud.

      2.) Diagram a solution for pulling information back from email or information sent outside of an organization that is deemed confidential.

      3.) Using pencil and paper, build a cash flow statement for a business I'm about to tell you and tell me what the annual cash flows looking like. You have to ask questions to get necessary information.
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Communications Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Referred by current employee. Filled out application online. Interview took place over three days. Interviews lasted from one hour to two hours with each person. Met with 5 people from peers, supervisors at Director level and with GM. Final interview with Hiring Manager.

    Negotiation Details
    Not able to negotiate. Tried but was told there was no negotiation possible and that I was being brought in at the Median range which was consistent with my experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Market Research Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    After unsuccessfully applying numerous times through the career site, I was put in touch with a friend of a friend, who passed my resume along to the hiring manager. The recruiter called me and we chatted for a while. After determining that my basic qualifications were sufficient, she said she'd be in touch with the hiring manager.

    A few weeks later, a phone interview was scheduled with the hiring manager. He and I spoke over the phone. The call was scheduled for 30 minutes, but took an hour. The conversation was very businesslike - no opportunities for small talk or getting to know each other.

    About three weeks after that, I was scheduled for an all-day in-person interview session with two different hiring managers. The first interview was with a colleague of the two hiring managers - this interview was great, in that we both talked business and got the opportunity for small talk and getting to know each other. I wish this first interviewer had been the hiring manager, because he was great to talk with and I learned a lot about the company, the culture, the team, and how they operate.

    The two hiring managers were both straight to business. Neither friendly nor unfriendly, they simply asked question after question after question. One hiring manager asked me "how do you influence people who do not report to you? How do you get them to do things for you even if they want to or have to?"

    That particular question through me for a loop, actually, because it's never come up in my previous 12 years of employment. By which I mean, I've never actually encountered someone who refused to do their job for no reason. My answer was clearly wrong, because the 4th interview was my final interview. That interviewer didn't actually ask me any questions and didn't actually answer any of my questions. She was quite the master at not saying anything but sounding like she'd said something quite profound.

    I heard back from the recruiter two weeks later that I wasn't going to be offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you influence people who do not report to you? How do you get them to do things even though they don't have to or want to?   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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