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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    I was approached by Microsoft recruiter and after several email and phone discussions, a video interview is scheduled with the Director. The Director cancelled out at the last minute and had to reschedule. During the interview, the Director seems to be not interested on my technical and processes skillset, but how I can "fight the battle" with other teams for ensuring they follow Microsoft security protocol. It seems to me that she is looking for someone to fight HER battle.

    After the interview, I heard nothing from the recruiter. No email. If I didn't get the job, that's OK, just send me an email courtesy. I was expecting a much more professional recruiting process from a company like Microsoft, but it is actually worst than other much smaller companies I have interviewed with.

  2.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

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

    Interview

    It was a typical MS interview process, though I knew the hiring manager, so was probably a bit more relaxed than some. I had 6 one hour interviews over the course of one day, mostly focused on team leadership and operational excellence. My past experience was a good match for the position, and overall team fit was good, so it ended up being a very positive experience, and good outcome.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult question was around expanding view of service management to the consumer space, and how to think about typical ITIL type theory on a consumer level.   Answer Question
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    Principal Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    These positions are industry lab research positions with qualifications similar to university research positions. Two days of back-to-back interviews with other researchers, most of whom are in your research are, some who are not.

    Interview Questions

    • It's not difficult, but many people will ask why leave academia for Microsoft?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiation entirely with hiring manager and recruiter.

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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Multiple phone screens plus two in-person interviews over the course of five months. An extremely long and arduous process with little to no communication. Applied online directly through MS recruiting and was quickly contacted by 3rd party recruiter. Next step was three phone screens over the course of two months which then led to in-person round deemed "finals". Three weeks after "finals" I was told there would be another round. Weeks later another "finals" round was scheduled in-person. After this there was radio silence for almost 6 weeks despite reaching out to my contacts twice. On the last attempt was told requirements for the role changed and therefore I no longer was a tight fit despite being a "top-tier" candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions. Very casual interviews.   Answer Question
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    Principal Software Development Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Relatively simple programming and design questions

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotation

  7.  

    Principal Developer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Questions focused on ability to build high performance and scalable application design. Heavy emphasis on writing lower level algorithms in C#. i.e. data structures.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Principal Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    The process started from a recruiting company which found me and thought I had a good skill set from linkedIn. Two interviews with recruiters and then two phone interviews with Microsoft internal. Each about a week apart. Full onsite interview was scheduled for a few weeks later. The entire day lasted 8-9 hours at the headquarters in Redmond. 6 individual interviews all were one on one. Good mix of technical questions and program management questions. Many repeating questions on how to deal with other groups that need to interact with. Lots of program management technique questions. A lot of examples asked and make sure to have plenty of detail to give. Most of the folks dig into things until they get what they want. Some questions will last 20 minutes. Know your technical area that you are trying for. Even if it is a management position you will be expected to know quite a bit about the technical piece. The day went very well overall. I got to the last interview which was not scheduled. I was told it went well and felt the same way. Left feeling like an offer would come. Never heard from them again so it was very strange. I felt like I nailed most of the interview and knew the areas very well. I have no idea what else they could have been looking for. I would love to have understood what drove that decision.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about scenario's in terms of tests failing in production and how to handle it with lots of revenue on the line and also how to communicate to team and to senior executives about the issue.   1 Answer
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    Principal Solution Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    The hiring process is very similar to other large technology companies. It certainly helps to have an inside reference. An HR recruiter calls to do initial screening and then you can expect to have a phone interview. If the phone interview goes well then you're invited for an onsite round of interviews which takes a full day. I completed 6 interviews on a Friday one day and received a job offer the following Monday via a phone call from the HR recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • The onsite interview day is very exhausting and you can expect to be asked the same set of questions over and over. Be careful how you answer the questions as the interviewing team compare notes!   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer met my expectations, so I didn't negotiate.

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    Principal Platform Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (New York, NY) in July 2010.

    Interview

    This had to be one of the most organized recruitment processes I experienced. I was initially contacted by their HR Recruiter via email in reponse to my online application. We arranged for a prescreen interview. At the end of the prescreen she book time for me with the hiring manager for a phone interview the following day. Within three days I was contacted again to arrange an onsite interview, which was far more interesting. I was set up in my own interview room (this was interview day so other candidates had their own rooms, too) and three different interviewers came through. They would target about forty-five minutes each and then they appeared to convene as a group to compare notes before switching to other candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • Some IT departments attempt to keep their vendors from talking to line of business people. Tell me about a time you had to manage a situation where the IT department wanted to restrict access to the end-users and how you overcame that.   Answer Question
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    Principal Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, OR) in April 2009.

    Interview

    It was an internal transfer. I knew several people on the hiring team, but I still had to go through a full interview process. I got grilled on both business and technical skills, as well as soft skills like communications and cross-group collaboration. When I got the job, I needed all those skills, so the broad range of questions was justified.

    Interview Questions

    • A programming question; something to do with calculating all the prime numbers between 0 and n.   1 Answer

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