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Microsoft Solution Sales Interview Questions

Updated Dec 14, 2014
Updated Dec 14, 2014
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    Solution Sales Profressional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    1 round: on campus - talked about my experience, why sales, why Microsoft, how my skills are relevant for the job
    2n round (final) at MS location; 4 interviews; why MS, why sales, give me an example when you convinced a team, solved a big problem, etc/ Walk me through your resume, tell me more about the last job you did; how did you do it...

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Solution Sales Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    well managed overall. was referred to hiring manager via a colleague, then applied online. initial screen by HR staffing, then hiring manager. loop was managed professionally. nice offices. being prepared helps. important to have 30-60-90 day plan of what/how you intend to do if hired, demonstrate how soon you will be productive.

    Interview Questions
    • Be ready to talk about why you want to join, and how do you see your future inside the company.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Solution Sales Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Solutions Sales Professional Process

    1. Applied through an on campus recruiter
    2. Sent the CV and Cover letter, I believe tailoring the CL to their language and focusing on things I heard from on campus presentation assisted greatly
    3. 1st round - Mostly behavior questions, wanting to make sure you really experienced every story, kept asking questions about the information within every story to ensure its genuinely

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Solution Sales Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    The communication was fine, it was lead by an outsourced head hunting company on behalf of Microsoft. The lady who was doing the recruiting was so keen on getting me to sign, it was too obvious she would get a good incentive out of it. She had a target to close this hire apparently, even if that meant not hiring the right person for the job

    Negotiation Details
    Compensation, allowances, and a 1-time joining bonus
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solution Sales Professional – Public Sector (Federal) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my interview experience. It was unlike any other interview I had ever done. I was very impressed with the approachability, professionalism and knowledgeability of my interviewers, respective to their job roles.

    I arrived in the morning and immediately had my first of there 1:1 interviews. This interview was open ended in nature, the interviewer asked me broad, open ended questions about my career goals, strengths and interest to get a general sense of my "inner workings" as a person. We discussed the requirements of a sales role in great detail and I was asked how I would handle several "real world" sales situations. This interviewer was very open and honest about what the position entails and what was expected of potential hires.

    The second 1:1 interview was shorter and a little "drier" that the others. I got the impression that the interviewer was tired from flying in as he wasn't very engaging or enthusiastic. This threw me a little bit, as the previous interviewer was very upbeat and enjoyable to speak with. The interviewer for my second session was very direct, asking me specific, practical questions about my qualifications for the job. He also gave a very candid overview of the position, even outlining some "cons" instead of just "pros".

    My last 1:1 interview of the day was genuinely one of the best interviews I've ever had. My interviewer was so engaging and impressive that I felt compelled to keep in touch with him regardless of whether or not I received an offer. This particular interview was different in that the questions were borderline philosophical. We sent very little time talking about the actual position--instead, we had a conversation about my passions, goals in life, early childhood influences (yes!) and how a career at Microsoft fits into my overall life plan. I did receive one question that was a bit of a brain teaser--one of those "if a train leaves the station at X time..." questions, which in all honesty, did throw me off a bit because I was previously answering, broad, philosophical questions. I also learned more about the interviewer's role in the company which was not related to the position I was applying for, but honestly fascinating nonetheless. I cannot say enough good things about this particular interviewer; he even gave me candid feedback and insider "tips" at the end of my interview. He also encouraged me to keep in touch.

    Not long after my interview, I was actually surprised to receive an email from the recruiter saying that they had chosen to go with another candidate. What was interesting, however, was that immediately after the "rejection" email, I received another from the Microsoft liaison (not the 3rd party recruiter) saying that I was a "very strong" candidate, that they were "impressed with my interview" and that they desired for me to interview for another position in Seattle where I might be a better fit. Although I was grateful for the offer to interview a second time, I declined because I chose to accept an offer with another company I was dealing with that I honestly believed would be the best for me at this point in my career. All in all, I had a very positive experience with Microsoft and I would absolutely interview with the company again in the future.

    Interview Questions
    • How many times could X car make it around Y freeway loop on one tank of gas?   View Answer
    • If I gave you X project with no direction before I left for a week and expected you to have it completed upon my return, how would you go about it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Solution Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Was flown out to DC to interview for an SSP role in the US public sector Federal group, which was part of their MACH program

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you have a gmail email? Why are man wholes round? If you were going to paint all of the WIndows in downtown seattle, how much would you charge per window?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Solution Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by Microsoft HR manager through Linked-IN.
    Worked with MS HR contact - she was very professional and helpful.
    Submitted resume to HR.
    Told to complete on-line profile & job application, which I did. Had some issues with their website.
    Scheduled initial phone interview with MS internal HR Recruiter.
    She was presenting my app/resume to hiring manager.
    Hiring manager did not select me to come in for interview.
    Did not get feedback why, but requested feedback.
    TBD if I will get a follow-up email with feed-back.
    I was actually surprised I was not called back to meet with hiring manager, and would like to understand reason for passing on me, so I can address in future.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you no longer with your previous employer?   View Answer
    • Can you explain the Gap in employment since you were laid-off in May, 2009 until now - March 2010.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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