Microsoft Network Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Dec 25, 2014
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    Senior Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2012.

    Interview

    Applied thru LinkedIn, got a call after 3 months, 3 different staffing recruiters called & finally setup a 1 hrs technical phone screen. then called for onsite.
    Morning 8 AM with recruiter
    9 AM - 1st technical round
    10 AM - 2nd technical round
    11 AM - 3rd technical round
    12 PM - 4th with Hiring manager
    12:45 PM - 5th technical lunch round
    2:30 PM - 6th round (As appropriate) with program manager
    3:30 PM - 7th round (As appropriate) with Director
    4:30 PM - 8th round (As appropriate) with peer director
    finally out of office by 5:30 PM

    Interview Questions

    • 1) I felt tough was with 6th round with program manager, asking all sort of behavior Qs, what motivates you, what de-motivates you, water fall model, why do you think you are suitable for this job as I was from a startup with less than 5 yrs of experience, work load handle sitautions, etc
      2) 7th round with directors asking about troubleshot skills, technical grounding,
       
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    Negotiation

    Negotiation was on Phone & email, i din't ask for much, pretty much took what they had offered.

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    Network Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Process was pretty straight forward. The team I interviewed with was in the games division. First interview was with teh manager. He asked a couple light technical questions, which I did well on. He handed me off to the next guy who was very technically savvy. I choked, and he was less than tactful. The point of this review: Be prepared. I wasn't and was quickly exposed. Prepare to answer high-level questions and the be prepared to whiteboard and answer some deeper questions. Prepare!

    Interview Questions

    • Given a very large existing network with thousands of external connections, how would you add an additional few hundred connections?   2 Answers
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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Got an email from Contracting recruiter about the Network Engineer position. Next week later, I got a P2P interview at Redmond. It was pleasant; arrived early so I can walk around. Finally, met with he interviewer - cool guy.
    Told him about my limited dev. and testing skills from the Get-Go, more involved in Cisco IOS CLI and network configuration.
    Asked me very, easy questions like - if my VOIP call dropped, what happened? how to backup running-config's on router? how would you troubleshoot a router if ICMP is turned off.

    About the last question: who would be stupid enough to turn ICMP off? After he said that, I already knew the Interview was a waste of time and probably the Interview was to only make it seem like he was "busy."

    Interview Questions

    • how would you troubleshoot a router if ICMP is turned off.   3 Answers
    • Using my linksys router - VOIP call shuts down, all of a sudden.
      (Presuming all other ports are working).
       
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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Microsoft's network engineering team does a fast, efficient, day long (five hours) team interview. You may well meet three other candidates there for the same round of interviews in a different order. In my case, the people I interviewed with asked a variety of intelligent questions - it was a good technical interview without any of the legendary MS questions. Watch yourself at lunch. On the whole, expect a thorough interview about networking with intelligent people and leave the rest for the fit.

    Interview Questions

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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Dallas, TX) in February 2009.

    Interview

    I was interviewed on college campus and then they invited me for a office visit where I got a technical interview, then met the manager for the final interview. Be ready for trouble shooting questions and answer following the question: If Bill Gates is sitting across this table, why would he hire you?

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    Network Security Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2008.

    Interview

    I got a referral from a friend and after expressing interest I was contacted by the HR recruiter. I spoke to her for a good hour or so. I then went through a phone screen that was difficult and lasted over an hour. I then went in for a "loop" which consisted of 6 1-on-1 and group interviews over a variety of topics. The interviews were really tough. I received an offer a day later and accepted.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation on the offer. It was a good deal, so I took it. Hiring bonus, stock awards, full relo of my family, and moving assistance.

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    Senior Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft (Tokyo (Japan)).

    Interview

    I was originally temp-staff covering for paternal leave but the person never returned. The interview process was about 13 separate interviews over the phone to the US and in person spread over a couple of months and then they went quiet.

    After three months of waiting, I was told they had hired someone else purely because he worked for a company that the head of the group had worked for and could I train him?

    I almost certainly burned that bridge, probably while standing on it.

    I am told the interview circus has stopped, but I am not sure I would want to go back, it was pretty rough being temp-staff and treated like that.

    Interview Questions

    • The old puzzle question about bags of apples or oranges. (this was a long time ago when those were in vogue.)   1 Answer

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