Microsoft Senior Finance Manager Interview Questions

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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Had two phone interviews and then the on-site loop of 5 interviews plus a final interview with the head of the group. The first phone interview was a screener with the recruiter, second was with the hiring manager of the group I would be joining. Both were situational, behavioral, no real technical questions just tell me about your work experience and what about Microsoft/this role attracts you/why are you leaving your current company.

    The loop was a bit different. The first interview was with the most junior member of the team which was the most technical. He wanted to know if I'd done my homework about himself and the team (luckily I looked them up in linkedin beforehand). His first question was "what do you know about me?". And then some additional technical questions about the role . He was friendly and gave feedback when I asked for it.

    I went to lunch with the hiring manager. She told me it was more a technicality because she had already gotten a good feel for me over our phone conversation, but she still wove in situational questions over the meal. It was slightly awkward to eat and talk - so I didn't end up eating very much but it was a long day so keep this in mind.

    The rest of the interviews seemed like technicalities. People were friendly and asked about my resume, why msft, only one of them in a different building was slightly stressful. This person kept firing questions at me one after the other - things like "what are your strengths/weaknesses", "tell me about a difficult manager you had", "tell me about a project you worked on where you had to gain buy in from and engage different parties" and he didn't allow me to ask questions.

    Overall I liked the process. I liked the fact that I was able to meet the full team I'd be working with. I got a feel for the young fun culture of the company and also how hard working everyone is. The final interview with the head of the team was more informational. She was selling me on why I should choose Microsoft and trying to prepare me for a higher workload in her group and to make me fully aware of the limited scope of the role. I found her friendly however, approachable and real. She did 90% of the talking.

    It helped me to have other interviews lined up in the pipeline with other competitors. Also having offers, even from lesser companies. In the end I told Microsoft if their offer was competitive enough I wouldn't interview with Amazon and they came in very competitive.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me all the cogs used for an Xbox live video purchase.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate slightly on signing bonus and signing stock, but not on base salary. The original offer was competitive and they were fair with me even though I told them my current salary. I believe this was because I was interviewing with Amazon as well and had another offer from a different company. If i could do it again, I wouldn't tell them my current salary.

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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Started with phone interviews with HR followed by over the phone interviews with hiring Manager and business partners. Total of 7 interviews. Most repeated question was why I was leaving my prior company.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions were particularly difficult or unexpected. Pretty run of the mill questions. Very friendly and they mostly wanted to know why I was leaving my prior company. Another topic was how I would deal with difficult business partners and influence without authority. They asked me to describe prior roles.   Answer Question
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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
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    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    Pretty straigtforward. behavior questions and sometimes a brain teaser

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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
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    Declined Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Got a phone call from MSFT recruiter and we chatted. I confirmed my interest and was set-up for a phone screen. Phone screen was about 45 minutes and consisted mostly of experience, resume questions.

    Got invited back for an on-site interview. The on-site interview had 4 initial interviews but was added another interview with the manager of the hiring manager. The interviews were mostly fit questions with some situational scenarios (mainly looking on what you would do). There is an interview over lunch as well. Overall, it was a positive experience albeit a very long day.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you price the cloud service of MSFT?   1 Answer
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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Recurter than a panel interview with 2 Directors ,Hiring manager and 2 peers. Interviews are 1 hour each and they take you to lunch. A lot of emphasis will be on chemistry aside from technical knowledge. they will also try to get you to explain your reason for wanting to work for MS and your reson for wanting to leave your current employer.

    Interview Questions

    • Techincal accounting questions   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None. Offer made was final

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in July 2010.

    Interview

    Initially interviewed 1x1 with the hiring manager- showed interest in the position and how it fits to my background and experience.
    Next interview was a in person loop. Initially scheduled with 4 people...then more added. there was a feedback by the recruiter post interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What value you added to a business decision of a business partner?   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in June 2010.

    Interview

    Thorought process - recreuiter very skilled and efficient. Interview loop is a rigorous and tireing pricess.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you address conflict among your team especially coming in as an outsider?   Answer Question
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    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2010.

    Interview

    Hiring process was slow moving. On-site interview was brutal - 7 hours straight of interviews. At one point, I had to sit and wait for nearly an hour for the next interviewer. Interviewers were abrupt and rude - it was like a fraternity initiation process.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you married? Have kids?   1 Answer
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    Senior Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2008.

    Interview

    Phone screen with HR; phone interview with the hiring manager; 3rd round in the company with 5 different business partner. Finally, got the "As Appropiate" interview with the Sr director. Only 2 or 3 makes that cut. Next day, I received the offer and accepted.

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