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Business Manager Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2014.
Microsoft moves quickly and is very professional throughout the process. I was contacted by a staffing consultant and within a week I had a phone interview. During the phone interview, I was told that I would be brought in for what Microsoft calls a "loop." A loop entails an in-person round of interviews. As I understand, the loop is progressive: So long as your interviews are going well, they add more to your schedule for that day. The final interview, should the candidate make it this far, would be an "As-Appropriate" with the lead of the team. From being contacted by the staffing consultant to concluding the in-person "loop" and receiving an offer took about 10 days.
- I had a few logic questions thrown my way. One person asked me to explain the moon cycles. He was more interested in my logic than in the exactness of my science. 1 Answer
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Business Manager InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in October 2012.
The process took a few weeks. After the inital call with HR I didn't hear back for a couple of weeks before being called in for a round of interviews because the manager had been traveling. The process took all day with hours of time in between to spare. I had to navigate myself around campus. It is not the same as it use to be.
- Tell me something about someone else you know in this position and what the did wrong. Answer Question
Business Manager InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2010.
Went through 3 phone screens (1 by the hiring manager/director of the group), 2 by recruiters/HR people. Then went in for in-person interviews that were split across different days because of interviewer availability. Standard behavioral questions (tell me a time when..., etc.), nothing too heavy. They ended up going with an internal candidate.
- Tell me your three biggest weaknesses Answer Question
Business Manager InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in February 2009.
Microsoft interviews are strongly socialized - the process and (type of) questions are surprisingly uniform. Typically, there are 4-5 interviewers, plus the hiring manager, if you're considered a strong candidate. These group opinions are very powerful in the hiring process - it's extremely rare that a manager overrules the panel, even when privately, the manager may indicate that he or she would have hired the candidate based on their own read. (Bad hires eventually count against all the interviewers...)
- MS interviewers are 'trained' not to lead the interviewee by asking questions that reveal information - most of the questions tend to be a bit banal - "where have you succeeeded, failed, what did you learn?" 1 Answer
Business Manager InterviewDeclined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in February 2008.
Great experience overall. Recruiter was extremely professional and on top of the details. Interview consisted of 7 different interviewers - maybe too many? - but don't know enough about group dynamics to know for sure. Be prepared, anticipate the tough questions, and know it's a long interview day. Smart people who want to figure out if you fit the culture.
- Why do you want this job? Why Microsoft? Why now? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Wrong time to leave current position.
Business Manager InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Microsoft (Sydney (Australia)) in April 2010.
The interview process at Microsoft is reasonably long with up to 6 interviewers on the loop. Interviews are fairly tough and focus on competencies and open ended questions. At times feedback can be fairly limited and the time between interviews can leave you feeling a little in the dark and frustrated. Overall, the process is fine.
- Describe how you would approach your first 180 days to deliver success in role? Answer Question
Business Manager InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 5+ months – interviewed at Microsoft (Reading, England (UK)) in February 2010.
Telephone Interview with HR, then telephone interview with hiring manager. Long gap to next interview (4months) and then 3 face to face interviews back to back, including the out going BM. Offer made within 7 days with an expectation to start within 30 days.
- No one question was difficult but most questions were reasonably ambiguous with no right or wrong answer. Scenario driven questions highlighted an overly product oriented approach. Answer Question
Negotiation was very fast. A little room for salary, no room on benefits. Key to negotiating at MSFT is to understand the band of the role.
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