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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Microsoft.
I submitted my resume during a career fair at my university. Within a couple weeks, I heard back and was scheduled for an on-campus interview. The interviewer was very kind. At first we talked about a project that I was working on and she asked me how I would market this as a product, and how I could attract initial users. All of my thoughts had to be drawn out on a yellow pad.
After spending a lot of time on the behavior questions, we moved on to the technical part. Unfortunately, I ran out of time before I was able to begin writing code, although I did plan out the logic of my solution on the pad.
- Remove or replace all e-mail addresses from an e-mail string. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2013.
I applied through our on campus recruiting website and received an email a few days later inviting me to a phone interview. The phone interview was quick but pleasant. We talked a little bit about Microsoft and then dove right in to theoretical marketing questions. I think the recruiter was just trying to get a feel for how I thought about the questions.
About 3 days after the phone interview I was invited to fly out to Seattle for an intern interview day. They were very accommodating in providing hotel rooms, rental cars, and daily meal budgets. The interview day itself started with a group of about 20 candidates mingling with current employees and having some general questions answered in an informal setting. Then each candidate had 4 interviews with 4 different people from the company (different divisions, different levels of seniority). The interviews were very relaxed and low pressure. They then shuttled us back to the hotel for the night. I received an email extending me an offer before I got home from the trip.
- Tell me a specific insight you gained from your most recent work experience. Answer Question
For internships there is no negotiation process other than them being flexible on how long you have to respond. The offer is generous enough that you will likely not need to negotiate.
Helpful (3)No Offer
The interview process was really great -- MS probably spends about ~$2500 per candidate, even for interns. I was flown out, put up in a hotel, and got a rather large daily meals reimbursement. There was additionally a $50 stipend for tourism in Seattle.
There were 4 interviews, each 45 mins long. Interviewers were quite friendly and enthusiastic, though I did get one who was particularly tough and gave me a difficult numbers-heavy case on a topic totally unrelated to the position. In retrospect, it was probably designed to test my reaction under the pressure of a new situation, and I guess I didn't perform too well.
- Calculate the profit per customer for a credit card debt-holding group and suggest ways to reduce costs Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.
I did an interview with Microsoft through recruiting at my university. I was offered a first interview based off of my cover letter and resume. The interview was about 30 minutes, quite relaxed. I suggest not wearing a suit, my interviewer commented on the fact that he liked that I didn't wear one (business casual instead).
- How many diapers does America go through in one month (market sizing question)? If I was an Eskimo, how would you sell me ice cream? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Microsoft in February 2012.
The interview consisted of an on campus interview that was behavioral and very conversational
- Name a product that you think is marketed poorly Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in March 2010.
The first round was held at our univeristy's career center and was a very short 30min 1:1 interview. Very casual, we talked about our backgrounds and then the interviewer proceeded to ask me a couple questions. 1) why microsoft and 2) favorite microsoft product + how would you improve this product (hint: they are looking for the marketing mix in your response)
2nd round was in seattle. I was in the hotel for 2 nights but only one day of interviews. Interviewed with three separate people for 1:1 interviews. We also had a group dinner which was very informal, and some of the interviewers were there (only 1 of my 3 showed up). THe interviews themselves all followed the same format - very behavioral based. Informal and the interviewers were very nice and caring. I had a great impression of Microsoft, their offices, people, and the way they treat their employees.
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