I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2013.
Interview Details – Several phone interviews interlayed with a face-to-face with a store manager. The position was filled by a third party employment agency.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult or out of the ordinary. Mostly the standard "how would you rate your former employer?" and "describe your last work environment" type of questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Great experience, spoke to 4 different people who asked me various behavioral questions. lots of good questions and engagement, really smart people!
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you failed. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very pleasant...
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2011.
Interview Details – The hiring process is lengthy and very detailed. At least three over the phone interviews and then one in person with a committee of at least 4 or 5 people that your interview with. Interestingly, all three of the top candidates were brought in at the same time so you could see them move from room to room as you progressed through the process. The committee votes on each of the candidates. You must received unanimous vote or you are out.
Interview Question – What is your greatest weakness. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Their offer was very fair.
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I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2012.
Interview Details – not a great one. they didn't seem to know what they were really doing and i can't help but think they were not ready to be hiring people at any kind of location.
The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2007.
Interview Details – Three interviews scheduled ahead of time with a list of names and titles given in advance. At the end of the third interview I was told there would be a fourth and final interview. Each interview lasted about an hour and it helped to have some snacks and soda throughout the day for stamina. Lot's of general program manager'ish type questions and it helped that I read The Zen of Program Management in advance to answer these. Not too many logic or case study type questions.
Interview Question – What did you like least about your last position? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Received an additional $5,000.00 after holding back a few days on accepting the offer.
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