Microsoft Marketing Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jun 22, 2015
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    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Unfocused and disjointed. Interviewers did not show up or were late. Conversation ranged from industry trends to complaining about their roles. Interviews happen at different buildings on campus which is nice as you see more of the organization. Same questions were asked repeatedly. Was left with feeling that group did not really know what role would produce. People were genuinely nice. Know your business and relate it to Microsoft's as much as possible.

    Phone call from recruiter led to phone call from hiring manager led to one day interview loop on campus, but since people did not show up, there were several follow-up calls.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think Microsoft should do to better compete in the marketplace?   Answer Question
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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for this position in November on a whim - I don't have the best luck with online applications, so I didn't expect anything to happen.

    But amazingly enough, in late January, I received an email from a Microsoft recruiter informing me that they wanted to set up an initial phone call. Having had some dismal luck with job hunting, I was overwhelmed and excited.

    The 30-minute phone call was set up a couple of weeks later with the same recruiter. She asked me a good mix of questions, including some behavioral questions and a case question. They give you a lot of resources to study from and I took advantage of it, and I think this definitely helped with the phone call.

    It took them some time to figure out the headcount for this program, so they were able to get back to me about the on-site interview about a month later.

    Microsoft does an amazing job taking care of its candidates. They'll fly you in the day before your interview and you also have the option of either leaving the day of or the day after. They encourage you to get a feel for Seattle, but if you're going to work at Microsoft for a couple of years, you'll need to like where you're living.

    The day started at 9 a.m., and one by one, each candidate (half of us were intern candidates, the other half were full-time candidates), was pulled into a separate room by a recruiter. They briefed us about the day, asked us about any other offers we had and sent us on our way.

    From what I've heard (and read) on Glassdoor, if you make it past lunchtime, it's usually a good sign. I had two hour-long interviews before lunchtime, had lunch with a recent ACE Marketing hire and had three more hour-long interviews afterwards. I had a great feeling and followed up with each person I interviewed to thank them.

    Nearly two week later, I heard back from my onsite interview recruiter saying that I got the job! After I read over their compensation package (which is very generous), I accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about create a campaign for Office 365?   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    - 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
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    Senior Channel Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    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.

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    Event Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Recruiter was pleasant though communications were delayed.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I negotiated a $5K bonus.

  9.  

    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
  10.  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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?   1 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
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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    The principal recruiter swiftly worked through my willingness to relocate and assessed my tolerances for salary reduction in a 4 minute call, then wouldn't return one phone call and 2 emails.

    Interview Questions

    • What were my thoughts on implication of leveraging social data within search results.   1 Answer

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